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Don’t Forget The Apple!

The Apple is the futuristic sci-fi musical of my generation.  I mention this for 3 reasons: first, it was neglected from the Top 50 Dystopian Futures list we posted earlier.  Second, Southland Tales comes out next month, and 1980’s The Apple willl serve as a useful frame of reference. Third, last week’s poll asked people to vote for their favorite movie devil, and few of my colleagues were familiar with Vlad Sheybal’s performance as Mr. Boogalow. 

Watch the trailer and see if the movie is for you.  I was lucky enough to catch a midnight showing, long before it was released on DVD. The film has a definite cult following.  It’s more Shock Treatment than Rocky Horror, but it’s still a good time. 

The plot is very Beyond the Valley of the Dolls; a folk-singing duo is exploited by the corrupt music industry.  But here, the Satanic Record Industry works hand-in-hand with the Government to control the public.  We see naive Catherina Mary Stewart mutate into a drug-fueld glam-pop super-star. (Hubba-hubba!)

But don’t worry, the singer is rescued by her boyfriend and a colony of Christian hippy-types. I don’t want to spoil the movie, but The Onion’s A. V. Club called it “either the best or worst ending of all time.” Indeed, it’s like Xanadu for Born-Again Christians.  (I mean that in a good way.)

The Apple invokes the spirit of Frank Zappa’s concept album Joe’s Garage, albiet in a non-satirical way. The film also features the weak choreography seen in The Return of Captain Invincible.

If you liked Phantom of the Paradise but wished it was dumber, gayer and made in Berlin by one-half of Golan-Globus, then this is the movie for you!

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