Pervert! DVD review
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The début feature from the writer of 2008's Sexy Galaxy, finally comes to DVD. Following in the footsteps of the diseased low-budget sexploitation film-maker, Russ Meyer, Pervert! serves up plenty of campy humour, eye-poppingly large-breasted ladies and Grindhouse cinematography.
Meat sculpture artist, Hezekiah welcomes his compulsive masturbator son, James (nick-named “Come Quick”), to his remote desert ranch where he can “learn how to become a man”. Widowed, Hezekiah, occupies his time with “two-bit whores with no family”, boasting his latest squeeze, Cheryl is “a woman who can satisfy him in ways [James'] mother never could.” Hezekiah warns James outside is not safe after dark before a series of strange sounds and sitings begin, prompting James to fear for his father's sanity.
Yudis milks the-wholesome-boy-coming-home-from-university scenario to the full, tempting his lead at every corner with an array of naked ladies. The terrible acting almost seems intentional and complements a deliberately smutty script full of so-bad-they're-almost-good sexual puns. Changing his car tires, James is asked “how about a rim job” before complementing Cheryl that she “sure knows a lot about snakes”. The best line comes from dirty-old-man, Hezekiah: “I'm like a French bread – the longer I'm around, the harder I get.”
Misleadingly billed as a sexual comedy horror, Pervert! lazily sets up an almost unnoticeable voodoo back story. The mystery surrounding the death of James' mother, flashes of a naked woman in a gimp mask and Hezekiah's boastful warnings “in this house things are brought to life” and “like psycho like son” are the most Pervert! delves into suspenseful set-ups.
What Pervert! does really well is its diverse and colourful visual experimentation. Comic book style opening credits with 70s look extreme nudity intersperses with thought-bubble style dream flashes, extreme arse close-ups, a bonking montage reminiscent of Benny Hill and a strange segment paying homage to Bollywood. You'll have to persevere with Pervert! to see possibly the most striking and memorable directional decision - a comical stop-animated twist ending like something from Morph.
The “Horny 14 rating” and opening disclaimer, “Pregnant women and men who already have an erection should leave the theatre now” give a fair indication of what to expect. Those with an aversion to enormous boobage should avoid Pervert! but if you're after some cheap titillation, fake-looking props, slapstick tomfoolery and aren't too bothered about coherent plots then this certainly gives you an eyeful. So bad it's actually hypnotic, in a state of disbelief, Pervert! is almost impossible to turn off.
- Reversible Cover with newly commissioned and original artwork
Collector's booklet illustrated with original artwork and stills featuring new writing on the film and a new interview with director Jonathan Yudis by artist and publisher Robin Bougie, creator of Cinema Sewer magazine
- Two audio commentaries with director Jonathan Yudis and the crew
- Extended Lesbian Scenes!
- Beyond the Chasm of the Hypervixens: The Making of Pervert!
- Deleted scenes
- Photo Gallery
- Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original artwork
If the thought of watching Pervert! again merely to hear the two audio commentaries is unbearable, then perhaps the “Making of” featurette is the place to start. Wading through the special features, there are lots of unimaginative additions, such as the bloopers, deleted scenes and the trailer. What's interesting is how seriously the extras are taken, considering the incredibly tongue-in-cheek nature of the film. The stills reinforce Pervert!'s aim to be the “most outrageous movie ever” with a surprising lack of nudity. The Extended Lesbian Scenes are the special feature most likely to actually be watched but are again unexpectedly tame, involving an awful lot of dry humping between the two female leads broken up by bizarre extreme close-ups, a flirtatious pillow fight and chocolate munching.
As the piece de resistance the “Making of” explains much of this mysterious new-found sincerity. On the screen, the film translates as a series of shared jokes between friends strung together and the interviews with both the director, Jonathan Yudis and the writer, Mike Davis in the “making of” confirm our suspicions that the film was “made as a big joke”. Despite the film's many faults, the featurette actually inspires a sense of admiration for the film-makers in that they perfectly anticipate the mixed viewing experience - the makers ideally want viewers to undergo waves of transforming emotion from shock to outrage, titillation, laughter, guilt and self-doubt. While the film's no masterpiece, the film-makers certainly do a good job of manipulating audience reactions.
Director: Jonathan Yudis
Writer: Mike Davis
DVD Release Date: June 13 2011
Running Time: 81 mins
Starring: Mary Carey, Sean Andrews, Darrell Sandeen
Pervert! is out now
Enjoyed the review? Then why not check out Leo's hilarious blog entry on her own pervert encounter (Warning: be prepared to laugh and cringe at the same time)
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