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.
Flower-power youth's self-annihilation told in a rudimentary, yet not in the least indifferent project. The sci-fi elements are really peripheral and Hooper's film starts with a beautiful 8min sequence that sets the political stage, supported by nice country music. Similar is the finale's experimental drive into color and dizzying effects via an acoustic guitar solo in a naturalist film with a great explosion scene!
It's kind of hard to describe or rate Eggshells... It's rather abstract, and I surely would not recommend it to someone looking for a good story. However, I really appreciate this film. It's more of an experience, the feel, the music... It gives an opportunity to experience 1969, Austin, Texas. Amazing time, interesting people and location. I'm glad I watched it.
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).