Hooper's first feature is an invigorating $40,000 Austin "hippie movie" full of period editing and effects. The skillful use of sound and naturalistic/documentary performance foreshadows some of the strengths of TCM, as well as appearances by Allen Danziger & Kim Henkel.
Doing something bizarre is easy to think at if you train it or if you feel like it, but doing something absolutely bizarre and not miss a single shot is a real aim. This film is so true to itself, so creative, so well executed you cant' understand how it has been possible for such a little budget. Amazing.
There are some remarkabele psychedelic sequences with weird and experimental soundscape/score elements similar to the sound Hooper uses - much more consequent - five years later in his „Texas Chainsaw Massacre“.
it loses its way a couple of times (although not completely messy) but holds some really beautiful shots (some that in the house are reminiscent of lynch) & captures a mood & aesthetic that is unusually rare. 3.5 stars.
Perhaps not "psychedelic comedy" - it resists any categorisation, except perhaps "film art" which captures both its strengths (ribald unconcern with traditional sense) and weaknesses (an experiment without a result).
s'a big batch of 3's i#m wading through right now......so, to justify, intriguing, a fascinating eye on some of the more out there aspects of the 70's, but not as engaging as I hoped. signs of the Tobe Hooper to come, though...
If you have never taken LSD and you wanna know what it feels like, watch this movie. It's easily one of the trippiest movies ever.
By they way, if someone understood what was going on, drop me a line...