FLESH GORDON MEETS THE COSMIC CHEERLEADERS
Of course, the difference that Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders immediately faces nineteen years after the original is that the field it enters into a very different one to the one that Flesh Gordon came out amidst. When the original was made, the genre parody was new ahead of it would be The Phantom of the Paradise (1974), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and then a few years later the industry of movie in-jokes perpetuated by people like Joe Dante and the genre of faux bad movies and titles made by Empire and Full Moon and directors like Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau. Now Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders is essentially having to compete with other tongue-in-cheek bad movie titles around at the time such as The Revenge of the Teenage Vixens from Outer Space (1986), Sorority Babes at the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama (1987), Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), Bad Girls from Mars (1990), Beach Babes from Beyond (1994) and Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds (1995). The sequel was also notedly made after the success of Star Wars (1977) went interstellar and the space opera that Flash Gordon represented was not a forgotten serial but revived for new life, including a big budget remake Flash Gordon (1980). Most importantly, in sitting down to Cosmic Cheerleaders, you feel that the idea behind Flesh Gordon of bringing out the inherent sexuality of the old Flash Gordon serials was an amusing one the first time around that becomes belaboured in the retelling.
As Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders kicks in, you immediately switch off at the constant in-your-face crudeness of the farce a breast-shaped rocketship, breast-shaped doorbells, Dr Jerkoff engaged in experiments to create big breasts, the steering device for the tit ship being joystick nipples on stalks that they have to drive by suckling on them and so on, and the tit ship using a giant bra as a parachute to make a landing. The film gets another spoof of King Kong (1933) off with the ape this time being seen urinating off the top of the Empire State Building. Some of the plot elements have been taken from the other Flash Gordon serials the frozen Strange Planet resembles Frigia in Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), while the Turd People are based on the Clay People in Flash Gordons Trip to Mars (1938) and Emperor Whangs consort Queen Frigia is loosely based on Azura the witch queen from that film.
On the other hand, Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders comes with such a persistent level of nonsensical absurdity that some of the set-pieces prove undeniably amusing. There is the need to have to navigate an assteroid belt yes, rocks shaped like butts that emit a noxious gas where the only means to survive is to employ a weapon that fires giant corks up each ass. Flesh and Dr Jerkoff take off in a rocketship that is powered by chickens having sex when the impotence ray affects the chicken, the only solution is for Vince Murdoccos Flesh to have to have sex with the chickens whereupon we see him exiting from behind the curtain and shrugging wasnt too bad while Dr Jerkoff lights a cigarette for the chicken. Robyn Kellys Dale is tortured by being placed in front of the Octopussylicker an eight-limbed creature that gleefully eats her out. Flesh and Dr Jerkoff travel through the Mammary Mountains where they are menaced by a giant-sized penis monster but manage to escape into a vagina-shaped cave only for the monster to pursue by entering the cave and washing them away in a tide of ejaculate. They travel through the womb to an area where men have reverted to infancy and sit in a bar in diapers where they are served milk by large-breasted women. There is also the encounter with the Turd People giant turd-like beings and the completely whacko image of Flesh and co departing in a turd-shaped rocketship. For all the crassness, there is a goofy innocence to the film. It might well be a supposedly pornographic follow-up but the level of nudity in the uncut version never goes beyond a handful of bare breasts.
The nineteen years difference has allowed the film to obtain a far more professional-looking level of special effects the opening credits sequence is framed against an amusing array of gonzo spaceship designs. The first film was not exactly known for its acting, except perhaps William Hunts outrageously over-the-top camping. Canadian martial arts champion Vince Murdocco inherits the role of Flesh Gordon this time. It is hard to know if his performance was intended as parody (if it is, it comes on a level of sophistication that is not matched by the rest of the film) where Murdocco plays with exactly the same untrained vacancy and slow-wittedness of the guys cast in porn films.
Clip from the film here (encounter with the penis monster):-