Theatrical Release: Sometime in 1978
DVD Release: August 9, 2016
Director: John Seman
Review by James Klein
What’s the saying? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover? Well the DVD box of Impulse’s adult film Up in Flames promotes that this movie is an adult parody. A goofy nudie flick? I’m all in! This should be hilarious right? Oh it’s also from 1978? Even better! And then as the movie began, my enthusiasm quickly went away.
Clocking in at just 60 minutes, Up in Flames is a story that I am not even sure what it is about. Three guys (The Furry Freak Brothers?) live in a trashed apartment and they all wake up one morning after a drunken and drug fueled binder. The three guys are broke so they all decide to look for jobs while one of the brothers tries to woo the landlord as they are now overdue for rent. Hopefully they don’t have to pay too much as this apartment is disgusting, witha toilety right in the kitchen.
Meanwhile there is a subplot about a huckster named Mr. Natural (John Seman, a great fake name if I don’t mind saying and the dork who directed this movie) who sells home remedies that can cure diseases like syphilis. Mr. Natural also enjoys having his dipstick sucked as two women go at his corncob like there is no tomorrow. While this is taking place, the Freak brothers get into “crazy adventures” as they go looking for jobs and yet find women along the way who are horny and want some freak fucking. And that’s about it. Think of an unfunny episode of The Three Stooges with sex.
Up in Flames, to put it bluntly, looks like shit. The sets are obviously flats and everything about the movie looks ugly which also includes the actors. There is nothing interesting with the sex scenes either and most of it is just oral. I believe this film had to have been all improvised as actors talk over one another like it’s a Robert Altman movie. They try their hardest to be funny but it comes off really annoying, trying way too hard. The best actor in the film is this cat that keeps wondering about this scummy apartment.
Impulse’s DVD…well this is a 60 minute adult film from 1978 so expect the picture quality to look like shit. The print has some major damage to it but I personally wasn’t expecting much. The 2.0 mono sound is fine, you can hear all the actors trying to sound funny and witty. Again…key word is “trying”.
Up in Flames needs to be set on fire.
*Editor’s note, while this turd played fine on my DVD player, I could not get it to play on my computer or lap top to acquire screenshots. Lucky for you. Take my word for it, it sucks.