Directed by: Slava Tsukerman
Actors: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas
Also known as: Cielo líquido
Description: Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.) Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.
Liquid Sky is a movie which divides people. I’d guess that roughly 85% of people hate the fucking thing. But the others, who generally love it, REALLY love it. I should say, off the bat, that I’m generally deeply suspicious and unresponsive to what I’d term “art college movies” and Liquid Sky certainly falls into this category – with highly stylized acting, heavy low-fi production design and an obsession with fashion. On my first viewing I spent the first 15 minutes totally unimpressed, wondering what the hell this low budget noisy rubbish was. And then I fell, completely and hopelessly, under it’s weird spell.
Liquid Sky is a hilarious film. And it’s truly one of a kind. I’d cite it as one of the genuine midnight movies made after the 70s (another being Singapore Sling). The low-fi computer graphics during the disintegration sequences still look absolutely amazing and the film has one of the most distinctive and unique soundtracks ever – kicking the shit out of Electroclash before it ever happened.
My advice would be to smoke a joint if you’re into that and give this a whirl. You may absolutely detest it but if you’re into then you’ve have found yourself something truly special and utterly psychotronic.