Cult classics are not everyone's cup of tea. You either love 'em or hate 'em. I fall into the category of love 'em so proceed with this in mind. Vicious Lips is the brain child of B-movie Director/Writer Albert Pyun. Think of it as an 80's New Wave video that knows how ridiculous it is. There is no bigger 80's hair than is seen in this film. It's awe inspiring and makes Motley Crue look like slackers! Vicious Lips is a mix of camp comedy, science fiction, horror and fantasy. At times it feels like the Rocky Horror Picture Show. At other times, well, I didn't know what the hell was going on. But that's part of the fun!
The plot is nothing new: An all girl band called the Vicious Lips finally gets their big break, if only they can make it to the gig on time. That's all you really need to know. Any more and it will spoil the fun.
Vicious Lips gets kudos from me because, like Rocky Horror, it does a lot with a limited budget. The backdrops, costumes and lighting set the stage for an other-worldly adventure. Is it realistic? Heck no. This is not Ridley Scott we're talking about! This is a creative director who knows how to turn trashy into flashy and I mean that as a sincere compliment.
The only weakness is that Vicious Lips gets a little lost somewhere in the middle of the film. However, it finds itself somewhere toward the end of the film and finishes strong with the kind of big 80's New Wave number that befits the occasion. Kudos to Sue Sadd and Mary Ellen Quinn who did the all the vocals for the lead singer of the band, Judy Jetson. They both have terrific sets of pipes and elevate the quality of the music way beyond what one would expect in this kind of film. While the soundtrack is nearly impossible to find, a quick Google search will yield a number of Vicious Lips songs for those who desire to hear them again and again. I have a massive 80's mp3 collection and these will find a welcome home right next to A Flock of Seagulls and Dead or Alive.
So, my rating for this one is Very Good IF you like camp. Otherwise you'll probably hate Vicious Lips and think it's a slice of 80's cheese you'd like to avoid as much as a can of hair mousse and skinny ties.
RATING: Very Good.
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