Monday, July 02, 2018

Honourable mention: The Apple

This is another one that I have author Doug Lamoreux to ‘thank’ for. Though, to be fair, it does contain a vampire – if only in fleeting visitation.

However, the vampire doesn’t take away that this slice of 1980 cheese, directed by Menahem Golan, is a strange disco/glam musical that just reeks of camembert and not in a good way – after all who doesn’t like a good baked camembert. No, this is more a pungent cheese that has been left unnoticed behind a radiator until maximum olfactory offensiveness has been achieved.

Bibi and Alphie
Set in a dystopian future (1994) where the BIM agency (a talent agency) seems to control the Government under the watchful eye of Mr Boogalow (Vladek Sheybal, who was the dubbed voice of Herbert in the Fearless Vampire Killers) a young naïve couple, Bibi (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Alphie (George Gilmour), take part in an international music competition with a love ballad and nearly win (until Boogalow orders some cheating to ensure his act wins). Following this he decides to offer them a contract.

the vampire
At the contract signing, despite having no lawyer or time to read, Bibi is keen to sign but Alphie has visions that reveal Boogalow to be the Devil (though this isn’t about Faustian pacts, as such, more a Genesis parallel). As he has a vision of Hell – where bibi is given the apple (you know, that one) and one of Boogalow’s signings (and, according to the Hell scene, his son), Dandi (Allan Love, Rockula), sings a song and in it we see – for a few seconds – a vampire (Francesca Poston). She is mentioned as such in the lyric, despite her “Bride of Frankenstein” hair. And that’s it… seconds…

By the end, Alphie’s visions are proved to be truer than you’d think, not that I’d recommend watching it. But if you must the imdb page is here and I’ve put an Amazon link below.

On DVD @ Amazon US

On DVD @ Amazon UK

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