I was too young to enjoy the comedic campiness of sci-fi softcore during its heyday. I remember as a young boy, looking up at the shelf that had a sign on it which read, “adults only”, behind the counter at my local video rental store. Being a nerd and perpetually horny, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about with movies that had titles like: FLESH GORDON, 2069: A SEXY ODYSSEY and STAR VIRGIN. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Thank my lucky stars that director Brian Williams saw a void that needed to be filled, and didn’t hesitate to fill it! SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE is a comedic retro romp that any space boy (or girl) can bust a gut laughing, or bust a nut from all the titty shots.
The set-up for SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE is like some sort of white-trash PRINCESS BRIDE. When Young Charlie (Drake Carter) begs his mother (Kelsey Carlisle) to read him bedtime story, she just doesn’t have time. She’s on her way to work. Luckily, Grandpa (G.P. Bailey) is able to do the job. Well, Grandpa is a grade-A scumbag, so the story that young Charlie gets is SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE.
Through the power of Charlie’s imagination, we are transported to a different time and galaxy where the space babes, Carrieola (Ellie Church), Vanassa (Allison Maier), and Ragyna (Alyss Winkler), are being chased through space by evil aliens called “scrotes.” The scrotes look like a perverted abomination from the minds of Sid and Marty Kroft. They are just ball sacks with arms and legs and teeth. They are pretty hilarious! One of them even sounds just like Cartman from SOUTH PARK. Through a bit of animated genius, we discover they are de-evolved men who are now just giant scrotums who want to eat the space babes!
To escape the evil scrotes, the space babes go into hyper drive and crash land on Earth. They need to find a source of energy to power their ship before the scrotes catch up with them, and of course their ship is powered by — what else? — sexual energy. I dig the late-80’s/early-90’s hair metal vibe. The throwback soundtrack just exemplifies a cheesy pop-rock feel.
The humor is beyond crude, very Troma-esque. Almost every line of dialogue has a sexual innuendo, the double entendres never end. I mean, “Take us to your wieners” has got to be one of the greatest movie quotes ever. The low-budget costume and set design bring to mind another cult classic, VEGAS IN SPACE. Now if you only had drag queens playing the parts of the space babes, this would be the greatest movie ever! SPACE BABES IN OUTER SPACE would fit in perfectly with Full Moon Entertainment’s roster of films.
Where would space babes find the amount of sexual energy they need to power their space ship? Where else, a sleazy strip club in the middle of Indiana… a-duh! At least the strip club seemed realistic compared to those in other genre films. Lucky for them, the space babes are natural strippers!
While Vanassa and Ragyna are collecting sexual energy at the strip club, Carrieola is off to a family style dinner with Charlie (Brian Papadrea), the first person the space babes came in contact with, in order to collect more sexual energy from him. The family dinner scene was like something out of NATURAL BORN KILLERS. There is a built-in laugh track, a kid brother wearing death metal make-up (instead of KISS make-up), it’s complete dysfunction, great stuff!
Back at the strip club, the scrotes have arrived. Thankfully this provides a little blood, gore, and splatter, even a brief tip-of-the-hat to BAD TASTE. This had me laughing out loud! There is even a brief exploration of different fetishes, how very A DIRTY SHAME of them. John Waters would be proud.
SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE is made for titty lovers everywhere. If lowbrow comedy and female breasts (lots and lots of female breasts) aren’t your thing, then skip it, but if you long for the good old days of softcore, sci-fi, silliness then SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE is exactly what you need.