THE FUTURIST! saw this film for the first time in a small single screen theater right next door to Utter Despair in Paramus, N.J. at Cinema 35, a strip mall film palace. There were, perhaps, 6 other people in attendance. The film pleased THE FUTURIST! and scared him at the same time; well, they do go hand in hand quite a bit, don't they? He never forgot this little gem with its eerie story of mind control or the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Especially memorable is the music that plays as we watch, first person point of view, as our main hero drives to school through a serene seemingly Mom and Apple Pie environment; this same music appears again, at the end, as we see the cast pictured with their names displayed under featured scenes.
When a friend of a friend visited from Texas 4 years ago, THE FUTURIST! showed them both this film one evening. They were over joyed by its bizarre plot and the way it was presented. Of course, criticisms were made and THE FUTURIST! will admit the film loses its way a bit toward the end, but it is an amazing joy before those bumps are felt on the ride. Most of all, they were thrilled with this sequence that is the feature of THE FUTURIST!'s Saturday Music post.
Below is a 7 minute sequence from the film that features two of the main characters arriving at a costume party. It is a musical sequence full of retro 60s costumes of pop culture characters in the middle of a horror picture. You can see Batman, Wilma Flintstone, The Flying Nun, Lily Munster and a weird girl sitting alone wearing a clear plastic mask (brrrr). It's just a teen party of beer drinking and frivolity, but the camera pulls back through their gyrating joy and we are suddenly in a musical. THE FUTURIST! loves this sequence. Of course, it turns into sadistic bloody murder, but it's fun to have fun before the knife starts its own rhythmic beat! (Get a load of the Tor Johnson mask on the killer!)
Listen and watch:
performed by Lou Christie
from the film STRANGE BEHAVIOR (1981)