San Francisco trash cinema auteur Jacques Boyreau ("Hippy Porn," "Planet Manson") comes up with his most polished effort yet in "Candy von Dewd," a visually delightful ode to '60s pop sci-fi epics that's like "Barbarella" on a "Creation of the Humanoids" budget.

San Francisco trash cinema auteur Jacques Boyreau (“Hippy Porn,” “Planet Manson”) comes up with his most polished effort yet in “Candy von Dewd,” a visually delightful ode to ’60s pop sci-fi epics that’s like “Barbarella” on a “Creation of the Humanoids” budget. Featurette is getting a fringe theatrical run on home turf; fests looking for midnight-slot snacks should find this campy eye-candy tastes just fine.

It’s 2138, and as voiceover informs us, “testicles are shrinking — sperm count is negative.” A shipful of male astronauts — perfs and dialogue perfectly parodying the ruggedly-handsome, technobabble-spewing manner of B pic heroes — has been dispatched into the cosmos to find new ways to maintain Earth’s population. They’re pulled into a planet of “unsavory Amazons” where fetish vinyl- and leather-clad women burst into spontaneous go-go dancing amid interiors composed of fun fur, Op Art backdrops, psychedelic lighting gizmos — the future, it seems, looks a lot like a high-ticket rave. Unable to conquer the inhabitants, the men must call for help from Candy (Katie Birrell), a Brit-accented “elite astral soldier.” Style easily conquers substance in prod’s droll combo of computerized FX, stock footage and live action.

Candy von Dewd

Production

A Massacre at Central Hi presentation in association with Cosmic Hex Archive and Werepad Enterprises. Produced by Jacques Boyreau. Executive producer, Scott Moffett. Directed, written by Jacques Boyreau.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Boyreau, Scott Moffett, Lorelei David, Soren Ragsdale; editor, Anton Herbert; music, Zonetech, Brian Hock, Billy Bates; production designer, Moffett. Reviewed at 4-Star Theater, San Francisco, March 27, 2003. Running time: 54 MIN.

With

Katie Birrell, Pandemonium, Scott Moffett, James Patrik, Chuck Mignacco, Phillip Mauro, Brian Saxsenmeier, Patrick Fisher.
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