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Watch the restored opening sequence to 1967’s “Space Vixens,” scored by Spindrift.
LA’s Spindrift has scored another opening sequence from an obscure 60?s film by rogue director J.X. Williams, who has been living clandestinely in Europe for the last 30 some years. This new video is for his 1967 box office bomb, “Space Vixens,” the premise of which is so out of hand, just describing it here is sure to rile some people, but here goes:
In the future, a secret army unit goes to investigate a meteor shower, where they are captured by female space creatures bent on turning everyone gay. The men’s buttocks are implanted with mind control chips, after which they are sent on their way to disrupt the home base. Once there, the soldiers get slack, preferring the shower room to their duties. Eventually, they implant chips in their officer’s butts too and “the entire base goes stark raving gay.”
The film originally had a wild mambo soundtrack from the Dámaso Pérez Prado orchestra, but here Spindrift have given it their psychedelic touch in preparation of a commemorative 45th Anniversary DVD edition of the film to be released in 2012.
An official synopsis of the full film explains the preposterous plot which ties into an interesting historical fact, “In a strangely menacing monologue by the androgynous XXY-8273 (Inga Johanssen), the aliens’ plans for world domination come to light. They will neutralize the armed forces by instigating mass homosexuality in their ranks. Unlike the advanced space vixens who allow same-sex relations in their armies, primitive earth people do not allow gays in the military. As soldiers get booted out in droves after implantation of the ‘queerification chip,’ the second phase of the invasion commences. The alien force carries out wholesale abduction of earth women who will be induced to perform unnatural acts with the spacecraft’s master computer, the Sapphotron 2000.”
Even with the Sapphotron 2000 and Playgirl Playmate Angela Dorian (who was recently charged with shooting her boyfriend) guest starring, the film failed at the box office — but apparently gained a following in the deep South after various churches used the film as a scary cautionary tale about the “evils of homosexuality.”
Jim Branstetter recreated the lost animation sequence of the original film for this restoration. The song is on Spindrift’s “Classic Soundtracks, Vol. 1? out on Xemu Records.