BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND
Beach Babes from Beyond sinks into awfulness stakes from the opening scenes where we get Don Swayze, Patricks butt ugly brother, and Sylvester Stallones mother Jacqueline cast as an unlikely married couple. What makes the sequence sink so badly is that neither they nor the filmmakers are taking any of it seriously. They toss around comic lines that have simply had science-fictional sounding phrases attached to them. My little nebula of love ... my little ring of Saturn ... Men cant live with them, cant disintegrate them with a gamma death ray, not to mention making jokes about how there is a nearly forty year disparity between the two of them in real-life. The films most excruciating scene however is the bikini competition later in the film, which comes with a band singing a song that mostly consists of the phrase Ive got a woody repeated over and over.
Expectedly, Beach Babes from Beyond has been construed around endless filler shots of bikinied babes dancing, suntanning topless, playing volleyball and so on. If nothing else, the film is perfectly accurate about delivering on its title promise. At one point, one of the guys states Thats my kind of woman an intergalactic Gidget. And that is precisely what the film is offering up an SF version of Gidget (albeit a less than innocent Gidget) mixed up with something like Earth Girls Are Easy (1989). DeCoteau delivers several extremely softcore tumblings between the various guys and girls, which are predictable and fail to raise any steam. (I dont know about anyone else but I find there to be something weird about a gay man trying to direct straight erotica).
The major problem with the film is that nothing happens alien babes arrive on Earth, meet guys, there is much running around the beach, the odd sex scene but mostly lots of filler scenes with girls in bikinis playing volleyball and tanning. Towards the end, the film contrives a situation about Joe Estevezs ex Linnea Quigley scheming to have his home condemned and the need to win the bikini contest to raise the prize money and prevent this but they are contrived dramas where one could not care less about the entirely predictable outcome.
Beach Babes from Beyond seems to be trying to get by on some of its stunt casting. Among other things, it casts the relatives of various celebrities as mentioned, Don Swayze, the brother of Patrick, and Jacqueline Stallone, the mother of Sylvester, turn up as the parents of Sarah Bellomo in the opening and closing scenes; Joe Estevez, the brother of Martin Sheen, plays the aging hippie surfer who hosts the guys; Joey Travolta, brother of John, turns up as a tripped-out former rocket scientist running a vegetarian hotdog stand on the beach; while there is also an appearance from Burt Ward, the now middle-aged Robin from tvs Batman (1966-8), as the organiser of the bikini contest.
The sequel was Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island (1996), again directed by David DeCoteau and featuring a return performance from Sarah Bellomo.
David DeCoteaus other films of genre interest are: Dreamaniac (1986), Nightmare Sisters (1987), Creepozoids (1987), Sorority Babes at the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987), Dr Alien/I Was a Teenage Sex Maniac (1988), Murder Weapon (1990), Puppetmaster III: Toulons Revenge (1991), Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994), Blonde Heaven (1995), Prehysteria! 3 (1995), Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island (1996), Bikini Goddesses (1996), Lurid Tales: The Castle Queen (1996), Petticoat Planet (1996), Prey of the Jaguar (1996), Skeletons (1996), The Journey: Absolution (1997), Shrieker (1997), Beach Babes from Beyond 2 (1998), Curse of the Puppet Master (1998), Frankenstein Reborn (1998), The Killer Eye (1998), Talisman (1998), Alien Arsenal (1999), Witchhouse (1999), Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy (2000), The Brotherhood (2000), Frankenstein and the Wolfman Reborn (2000), Prison of the Dead (2000), Voodoo Academy (2000), Final Stab/Final Scream/Scream 4 (2001), The Frightening (2001), The Brotherhood 2: Young Warlocks (2001), The Brotherhood 3: Young Demons (2002), The Wolves of Wall Street (2002), Leeches (2003), Speed Demon (2003), Ring of Darkness (2004), The Sisterhood (2004), Brotherhood IV: The Complex (2005), Killer Bash (2005), Witches of the Caribbean (2005), Beastly Boyz (2006), Grizzly Rage (2007), The Raven (2007), House of Usher (2008), Alien Presence (2009), The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009), The Brotherhood VI: Initiation (2009), Nightfall (2009), The Pit & the Pendulum (2009), Son of a Witch (2009), Stem Cell (2009), 1313: Giant Killer Bees (2010), Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010), A Dream Within a Dream (2011), 1313: Haunted Frat (2011), 1313: Actor Slash Model (2011), 1313: Boy Crazies (2011), 1313: Wicked Stepbrother (2011), 1313: Bermuda Triangle (2012), 1313: Bigfoot Island (2012), 1313: Cougar Cult (2012), 1313: Frankenqueen (2012), 1313: Hercules Unbound (2012), 1313: Night of the Widow (2012), 1313: UFO Invasion (2012), A Halloween Puppy (2012), Immortal Kiss: Queen of the Night (2012), Santas Summer House (2012), Snow White: A Deadly Summer (2012), 2: Voodoo Academy (2012), Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2013), My Stepbrother is a Vampire (2013), A Talking Cat (2013), A Talking Pony (2013), 3 Scream Queens (2014), 3 Wicked Witches (2014), 666: Devilish Charm (2014), 666: Kreepy Kerry (2014), 90210 Shark Attack (2014), Bigfoot vs D.B. Cooper (2014), Knock Em Dead (2014), Asian Ghost Story (2016), Bloody Blacksmith (2016), Evil Exhumed (2016), Sorority Slaughterhouse (2016), 666: Teen Warlock (2016), The Wrong Child (2016), The Wrong Roommate (2016) and Swamp Freak (2017). DeCoteau has made films under a variety of pseudonyms, including Ellen Cabot, Richard Chasen, Julian Breen and Victoria Sloan.