Meanwhile, Margo Winchester
(Raven De La Croix) is viciously attacked during a morning jog,
and winds up accidentally killing her rapist. When the entire event
is witnessed by local policeman Homer Johnson (Monty Bane), he coerces
her into a few sexual favors to overlook the killing. Later, she
gets work selling hotdogs at Sweet Li’l Alice’s (Janet
Wood) Cafe; in short order she’s also “romantically”
involved with Alice’s husband Paul (Robert McLane).
As with most of Russ Meyer’s X-rated voluptuous hellcat
extravaganzas, the extreme sexual violence, overflowing testosterone
and copious mounts of salacious nudity is done in such a jaunty
manner that it’s undeniably humorous. It’s campy,
pornographic, and wallowing in a sea of carnality, but effective
in its mission of unrefined eroticism and gung ho extravagance.
When Alice and Margot discover their bridled, steamy bisexuality
when consoling each other with a sensual hug seconds after barely
escaping a traumatizing sexual incursion, it’s obvious that
the whole ordeal is a well-planned setup for a spicy, fleshly
The film opens with ludicrously happy music, changing over to
dramatic, orchestral, country, classic rock, patriotic, swashbuckling
and everything in-between, even delivering wittily-placed Beethoven.
Painfully bad dubbing and poor sound effects round out notable
technical aspects, although it’s almost unfair to critique
how the movie was made considering the reason for its creation.
With a creative zipper-cam shot, oodles of random sex, a crazed
ax-wielding lumberjack, bondage, lesbianism, constantly unsheathed
bosoms, bottomless ecstasy and overload of chesty pulchritudinous
and lots of unnecessary explanations and dialogue during the lengthy
birthday-suit final chase sequence, Russ Meyer’s Up! should
definitely not be confused with Pixar’s latest computer
animated family film.
- Mike Massie