“The dawn’s early light comes to Small Town every day — and with it, the events of the night before are forgotten.”
A woman (Kitten Navidad) whose sexual appetites can’t be fulfilled by her husband (Ken Kerr) tries everything she can to help him learn how to have sex the “right way”.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Adult Films
- Marital Problems
- Russ Meyer Films
- Satires and Spoofs
- Small Town America
Russ Meyer’s final feature was this satirical take (scripted under a pen name by Roger Ebert) on Our Town, in which an earnest narrator (Stuart Lancaster) tells us about the strange sex lives — both fulfilling and otherwise — of various residents in Smalltown. It’s as close as Meyer ever came to making an actual hardcore film, and I’m categorizing it as such here (it received an X rating) — but once/if you get beyond the relentless sex scenes, it’s possible to reflect on the humor and absurdity of the situation, in which Kerr nearly loses his job working for a female dump station owner (June Mack) because of his preferences, and only an ultra-busty evangelical radio announcer (Ann Marie) can potentially “save” Kerr from his own impulses.
Homosexuality is most definitely mocked and denigrated, with a dentist/counselor named “Dr. Lavender” (Robert E. Pearson) attempting to force Kerr “out of the closer” using a chainsaw — but is that any more ridiculous or offensive than the many other sex-based scenarios taking place? Not really.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A sometimes humorous take on “Our Town”
No; this one is only must-see for Meyer completists.
One thought on “Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens (1979)”
First viewing. Skip it.
The re-teaming of Meyer and Ebert didn’t result in anything resembling the (mostly) hilarious nuttiness of ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’. This is pretty much just a manic mess.