Saturday, October 19, 2013

Breeders (1986)

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Alien rape monsters are on the loose in 1986's

Breeders is cheaply made, sleazy trash.   It features amateurish acting, a monster in a cheesy rubber suit, low quality gore effects, and tons of naked women, in a story about alien parasites that rape virgins.  Sometimes, movies like this can be so bad that they are good.  Other times, they can just be boring, offensive, and no fun to watch.  This one has a bit of both... but mostly, it kind of sucks.

One thing this movie does have going for it is naked women.  If you like looking at naked women, then this movie's got them, and lots of 'em.  The women in this film are almost all strangely compelled to remove their clothes for no reason.

Walking Around Naked in the Boiler Room
A model, who is also a virgin, is on a photo shoot, when the crew leaves for lunch.  Alone in the studio, she decides to snort some coke, then strip off all of her clothes and do several minutes of nude stretching exercises, then she slowly caresses her body, like she is working up to masturbating.  Seems weird to me, but I'm a guy, so who knows?  Maybe all the women who watched this film were nodding their heads and saying, "finally, a movie that get what we do when we are alone in the workplace!"

Nude Workout in the Photography Studio
A nurse, virgin as well, comes home from work, then strips off all of her clothes in the kitchen, while cooking a pot of "Boiled New England Dinner."  This also seemed weird to me, but I'm not really familiar with Boiled New England Dinner.  Maybe it's traditionally cooked in the nude.  I'm not from New England, nor did I go to culinary school, so I guess I'll have it give this one a pass.

Naked While Cooking
A stylist receives a long-distance phone call from her Mom.  She strips off her clothes while talking on the phone, while discussing the fact that she is still a virgin.  Well, I guess our mothers saw us naked all the time when we were babies... so, that's like a totally natural reaction to hearing her voice?  No?  Umm...

"Hold on a second Mom, I wanna be naked when I talk to you."
Later in the film, women in hospital beds are compelled by alien mind control to strip off their hospital gowns and walk out of the hospital and to a secret lair under the streets of Manhattan.  Strangely, no one notices all these naked women walking around.

Wandering Around the Hospital Naked
The women in the film are all beautiful, too, in a natural looking way that you don't see in movies anymore in our modern plastic surgery era.  With a little bit of cellulite on their butts, a bit of a sag in their breasts, etc...  It's hard to enjoy looking at them, however, because each of them will inevitably be raped by an evil alien monster at some point in the film.  Typically in these 1980's horror movies, they had the slutty, sexually active girls attacked by the villain.  I guess since they decided that all these girls were virgins, they had to make them slutty in some other way, which is why they take off their clothes while boiling dinner, talking on the phone, or just walking down the street.

Naked Women in the Alien Breeding Pit

The acting, writing, and directing on this film are so terrible that I frequently found myself laughing out loud while watching it.  This would have been a great candidate for Mystery Science Theater 3000, if it wasn't for the fact that with all the nudity cut out, it probably wouldn't be long enough.

Inspecting a Victim
The film stars Teresa Farley as Dr. Gamble Pace, a doctor who is treating the victims of a series of bizarre rapes.  Miss Farley is very pretty, but she has absolutely no acting skills whatsoever (in fact, her only other credit is for the film "Bad Girls Dormitory," which was released the same year, has the same director, and many of the same actors as Breeders, making me wonder if the films were shot together).  Farley reads all her lines in an expressionless monotone, and shows no emotions until the final shot of the film, where she screams once and then cries, although as it goes on it becomes hard to tell if she is crying or laughing, and I don't think that was intentional.

Dr. Gamble Pace sleeps with her hair and makeup done, and the lights turned on.
Her costar is Lance Lewman as Detective Dale Andriotti, the detective investigating the rapes.  Lewman's acting is marginally better than Farley's but not by a lot.  Together they're like the Mulder and Sculley of 1980s New York.  There is a scene towards the end of the film where a victim of the alien parasite's body rips open and a rubber suit alien emerges from inside.  His transformation is increasingly gory and horrible, and the camera repeatedly cuts away to the doctor and the detective to get their reaction shots.  But neither actor is capable of emoting, so instead it just cuts to them with blank, unexpressive looks on their faces, making the scene unintentionally hilarious.

This is supposed to be a look of disgust and horror.
There is another scene in the film, where the doctor and the detective are in an abandoned subway tunnel.  They come up with a plan to activate the third rail of the train tracks, and decide to look for a source of electricity and a cable to connect it to the rail.  The doctor then stands in one place talking about looking for an electrical source, but never leaving the spot she is standing in.  She keeps her feet firmly planted in the same spot, unmoving, and just moves her head around a little to her right.  And then she says, "there it is," and spots an electrical source off camera.  The detective fares marginally better in his search for a cable.  He also never leaves the spot he is standing in, but he allows his body to rotate around 360 degrees in his search.  Luckily, it turns out there is a spool of electrical cable laying on the ground about 7 inches behind his foot.

Detective Andriotti points at General Zod and exclaims, "You're fuckin' bananas!"
Equally ridiculous is how they find their way underground in the first place.  While running blood tests on the rape victims, a doctor finds red dust from building bricks inside the women's blood cells.  And not just any brick dust, either, a rare brick that is only found in a handful of underground sights in the city.  Apparently the rapist has been spending time under the city, and getting the dust on him.  Then, when he rapes the women, the dust somehow gets inside their blood cells.  It's scientific.

Red Dust from Bricks Inside the Victims Blood Cells
There is also a minor subplot with a male nurse at the hospital.  I'm going to call him "Billy," but only because I don't feel like rewatching the movie to find out what his name actually was.  Billy likes to hang around in the rooms of the comatose rape victims.  He brings them flowers, touches their faces, and tells them he wants to go on dates with them when they wake up.  So, clearly, this guy is a creep of the highest order.  But, the movie doesn't seem to be aware of this, and treats him like he is a nice, sweet kid.  It kind of boggles the mind.

Billy, the Creeptastic Male Nurse, Brings Flowers to a Comatose Rape Victim
The special effects in the film are very goofy.  The alien monster just looks like a guy in a cheap rubber suit, to the point that it's unbelievable that anyone would look at him and think he's actually an alien.  It works to a certain extent early in the film, when you only see glimpses of the creature.  But when you finally see the alien from head-to-toe towards the end?  Not so much.

The Man in the Rubber Fly Mask
There is also a small deformed mutant creature that appears briefly.  From the neck down, it's obviously just a little person dressed in some rags, but the head prosthetic on the guy is cartoonishly fun, with misshaped bug eyes, and a jagged teethed vagina for a mouth.  I actually got a kick out of this guy, and wish he had a more prominent place in the film.

Vagina Face Mutant
Ultimately, even as a fan of bad movies, I can't bring myself to recommend this.  It definitely had it's moments, but too much of it was sleazy, or just kind of boring for me to fully endorse.

More screencaps after the jump...

Manhattan General Hospital

In The Hospital

Magic Computer

Fashion Model

Rang Dang Diggedy Dang Di-Dang

Bikini Boom Box

Caught in the Act


Ripping Flesh

"Maybe the monster won't see me if I hide behind this pole!"

Dr. Gamble Pace Inspects a Syringe

In the Examination Room

Dead Douche

Billy Touches a Comatose Rape Victim's Face

Billy's Fantasy Finally Comes True...

Bye Bye Billy

The Nudist Underground

An Actual Human Rapist, as Opposed to an Alien One

"Kneel Before Zod!"

Blood in the Basement

X Marks the Spot

Approaching the Breeding Pit

" I am General Zod.  Your ruler.  Yes, today begins a new order.  Your lands, your possessions, your very lives, will gladly be given in tribute to me, General Zod!  In return for your obedience you will enjoy my generous protection.  In other words you will be allowed to live."

"Who wants pancakes?"

Everybody Do the Krypton Crawl!

Bloody Fly Head

Alien Rapist on Fire

Electric Ladyland

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