Pervert! is a modern-day homage to the films of Sexploitation king Russ Meyer. I went into this not expecting much as I’m really not a big fan of the recent flood of “homages” and “tributes” being churned out by directors pathetically trying to cash-in on the current “retro” / “grindhouse” trend. Pervert! however, is a totally different beast.
Old Hezekiah (Darrell Sandeen) resides with his young, busty live-in whore Cheryl (Mary Carey) in Desert Range, an isolated stretch of desert in the south(?) where he indulges in his love for the art of meat sculpting. When his son James (Sean Andrews) comes to stay Cheryl gets a hankerin’ for some younger meat and the two of them begin an affair behind the old man’s back. Suddenly, Cheryl mysteriously disappears and James thinks his ol’ man may be behind it. When Hezekiah comes home the next day with a new whore, James sets out to investigate his pops “studio” where he discovers Cheryl’s temporarily re-animated corpse. But all is not as it seems, as later on when ol’ pops is chained down, the bodies still keep a droppin’…
Writer/director team Jonathan Yudis and Mike Davis obviously have a Russ Meyer obsession. There are scenes and set-pieces here stolen directly from such Meyer films as Supervixens, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Vixen and a few others but nevertheless Pervert! still manages not to come off as yet another feeble attempt at a cash-in. Like Meyers films, Pervert! is very comic bookish in style with dream bubbles, wacky in-your-face camera angles, cartoon sound effects and loadsa really silly humour. Aside from Darrell Sandeen’s fantastic performance as the perverted old holy roller, the acting isn’t all that good especially from porn star and one-time Governor of California candidate Mary Carey, although she still fulfils the role of the stereotypical Meyer chick: big, natural tits! (in fact I’m pretty sure there’s no silicone in this flick at all).
So, being as this is a tribute to the spirit of Russ Meyer there’s obviously a whole lotta gratuitous nudity, but there’s also (mainly in the second half) a generous splattering of gore. From arterial blood sprays to ol’ Hezekiah tearing his own heart out for one of his meat sculptures, Pervert! can be rather bloody at times. Also, to its credit, Pervert! never reveals its low-budget origins – it has excellent camera-work, razor sharp editing and its cartoonish colours are extra bright and bold.
Overall, for a low-budget modern-day attempt at a Sexploitation flick, Pervert! is pretty decent. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat, the acting aint too hot, and its all been done better before but if you’re lookin’ for some mindless nudity and laughs, check it out.
- Into The Chasm of the Hypervixens: The Making of Pervert
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Lesbian Scene
- The Bloopers
- Pervert music video
Available on DVD from MVD Visual.