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I`ve seen this movie twice, both times on Cinemax. The first time in it`s unrated version which is soft-core porn at it`s best and the second time in a trimmed down (cut all the sex and most of the nudity out) version which was entertaining in a typical beach movie sort of way. The unrated version has a tremendous sex scene with Nikki Fritz, a dude and a bottle of oil which is out of this world (no pun intended). Unfortunately, in the trimmed version that scene is almost completely chopped out, as are all the other sex scenes. Rated or unrated it is still fun to watch all the siblings of bigger stars (Stallone, Sheen, Travolta, etc;) trying to act. We also get appearances by B-queen Linnea Quigley and Burt Ward (Robin from the old Batman series).
Back in the early 90's, when the world of "Skinemax" was just beginning and
most of the films back then either starred Shannon Whirry or Shannon Tweed,
there was a little sub-genre of the B-movie experience called the "bikini
movie." This film, "Beach Babes From Beyond", falls into that category.
There were so many "bikini" films made during that period, it was
unreal....they single-handedly kept "USA Up All Night" on the air and kept
Gilbert Gottfried and Rhonda Shear gainfully employed.
The premise of this movie is simple: take three intergalactic space babes, supposedly on a shopping spree with Daddy's spaceship and Daddy's money, and crash-land them on the sunny beaches of California. That should be it right there....the rest of the movie should deal with them attempting to have sex with as many surfer dudes as possible and go home happily satisfied. Instead, we get a variation of STSWB, or "Save The Something With Breasts." A simple plot device, actually. In order to save a (carwash/hotel/drive-in/old decrepit house) from (destruction/a buy-out/foreclosure/an evil relative), a group of girls get in bikinis and try to raise a certain amount of cash in a very short time. It's a tried and true formula that works every time.
The girls offer to enter a bikini contest in order to raise the money. We need an antagonist, so enter Linnea Quigley, a B-movie legend, to send her legion of bikini-clad models in to win the prize. We know how it ends (the good guys always win, you know), so let's not dwell on it.
I had to pop in the tape of this film again to make sure I gave it the correct grade, and fortunately I did. Here's your chance to see Nikki Fritz before she became a soft-core film staple, and the cast is littered with the relatives of actual A-list actors. I guess riding coattails wasn't enough for these folks, they actually want to work for a living!
This film comes in way behind "The Bikini Carwash Company" in the "bikini film" category. In my opinion, "Bikini Summer 3" is barely (and I do mean BARELY) better than this movie, and that's not saying much.
Women: C (The women were okay, nothing spectacular. They looked like I could walk down the street and probably bump into one of them. In films like these, that ain't good.)
Sex: D (Sex? If you call hugging gently while naked, but no actual movement going on "sex", then go right ahead--but I won't.)
Story: D+ (STSWB movies don't do well with me unless there's a whole lot of slapstick comedy, as there was in "Bikini Carwash Company.")
Overall: C- (Barely a passing grade, saved from failure by Linnea Quigley's funny character, the only one with any real development. Don't get me started on old "Uncle Bud." His "aging hippie/surfer dude" character is too one-dimensional.)
In short, if you're channel flipping and happen to stop on it randomly, then watch it. If not, it's okay....you won't be missing much.
Patrick Swayze's BROTHER??? Charlie Sheen's UNCLE??? Sylvester Stallone's MOTHER??? John Travolta's BROTHER??? Batman's SIDEKICK??? What's not to love? All we need is Clint Howard, LaToya Jackson, and Ron Reagan to make it perfect.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Some people seriously need to lighten up! First of all, what in the
world were some of the reviewers here expecting when they sat down and
watched something called BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND? If any title ever
screamed "silly late night T&A flick" it would be this one. Secondly,
this movie isn't badly made for what it is. The actors are fun, the
ladies and fellas are attractive, the cinematography and score are well
above average for this type of movie, the plot is just enough to keep
it watchable but not crowd out the real reason it was made and the
unrated version features four sex scenes, one shower scene, a bikini
dance-off, bikini music video montages and numerous topless beach babes
scenes, which get the job done. So what if it wasn't directed by Martin
Scorsese or the actresses won't be competing for the next Oscar with
Meryl Streep? Movies like this should be evaluated on their own terms.
BBFB does what it's meant to do; show plenty of flesh while remaining
upbeat, lightweight and fun. I personally prefer stuff like this to one
of those dreary "erotic thrillers" that started dominating the genre in
the later part of the decade.
Three attractive female aliens (played by porn starlet Sarah Bellomo/ Roxanne Blaze, late night soft-core regular Tamara Landry and the unknown Nicole Posey) take out their parents spaceship one evening and end up crash landing on Earth. There they pair off with three surfer types, try to find an alternate fuel source for their ship so they can return home and in the meantime assist in helping out an aging beach bum (Joe Estevez) who's about to be evicted. To do this, the girls have to enter a bikini contest, but face competition from wealthy swimsuit designer Sally (a very funny Linnea Quigley), who tries to sabotage their chances. Nope, not a lot going on here plot-wise, but does there really need to be? This is about skin, and there's an abundance of that here. There are also amusing cameos from a lot of celebrity relatives. Not only Estevez in the supporting role, but also Joey Travolta (John's brother) as a guy who runs a food stand and Don Swayze (Patrick's look-a-like brother) and Jacqueline Stallone (Sylvester's mother) as alien parents in the opening scene. Popular Skinemax star Nikki Fritz as one of Linnea's models, who is also involved in the best sex scene. There are also some fun 80s-style songs on the soundtrack. One thing to keep in mind is that there are two different versions of the film. I viewed the unrated and I'm not sure how much the R-rated version has cut out. So be careful which version you watch/purchase.
So if you're in the mood for a light/silly/sexy little B-movie, this is a pleasant watch. If you're looking to be intellectually challenged or are trying to find a movie of substance or cultural "relevance" you'd be better off looking elsewhere. Then again, if you're looking for all that, why are you watching BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND in the first place?
Take the old hokey beach movies from the first golden era (the next is
80's) and put the girls in some hot 80's fashions (thongs), throw in some
very tame soft-core sex, and play even worse music and you have an hour
a half of great mindless fun! The leg and ass lovers of the world would
to have this in their permanent collection! (Breast men won't be
disappointed either). If someone would just do a decent job of this in
core, I would be in heaven.
If you want oscar level performances in your movies, your brain will have a meltdown if you even attempt to watch this movie.
This was a great movie! It was a completely enjoyable adolescent fantasy. So what makes a movie great? Technical details? I think that if that were the sole criteria, our culture would be the poorer for it. So this movie is to "The Godfather" as new wave music is to Mozart. The point is, it is one of the best movies of it's type I've seen. The women are all beautiful (as are only seen on California beaches when movies are being made). It has a little of everything, a kind of battlestar gallactica meets baywatch meets the playboy centerfold video meets Wayne's World. There is plenty of charm and a reasonable (albeit predictable) storyline that keeps you interested until the next bit of eye candy graces the screen. Joe Estevez may not have his brothers career, but does a good job of bringing focus to the story as the eternally adolescent Uncle Bud. Contains plenty of expected absurdities such as female rock band playing without the guitars plugged in. (Was that intentional?) If you're attracted to the box, rent the video, you won't regret it. As is promised, it is good non-violent erotic fun!
Is this a bad movie?
Of course, what were you expecting from a movie called "BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND"?
It is a "BABES in BIKINI" movie and has no pretensions of being otherwise. Given, this is not "A ROOM WITH A VIEW" or "SCHINDLER'S LIST." If you wanted a film like "A Room With a View" then you would not be looking at Beach Babes from Beyond. But if you are looking for a good Babes in Bikini movie with almost no plot, this is the one for you. This flick delivers on what it promises and then some. It is pure 100% adolescent fun.
There were lots of BABES in and out of bikinis. The movie was quite funny and great to watch. These were some of the most beautiful women I have ever seen on home video.
Every high school kid should watch at least one bad movie like this. This is actually one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen. So unashamedly, I say again...If you are going to watch only one "Babes in Bikini" movie, this is it.
Of course it is silly and there are some annoying performances and a minimal plot that still manages to appear superfluous but it is still likable. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves and it looks good most of the time. The music can be annoying, about four songs repeated throughout the film, and yet they are pretty catchy. The pre-credit sequence features Mrs Stallone and there is a fine shower scene behind the credits, so things start just as you might imagine and continue. All the girls seem to wear bikinis or less all the time and the guys don't seem quite as goofy or old as they often can in these type of films. Joe Estevez is a bit annoying but Linnea Quigley, past taking her clothes off in this is very good indeed. Biggest surprise of all was during the big bikini contest as we watch the girls writhing rhythmically in close-up, the song, I kid you not seems to be entitled, 'I Got A Woody'. there is no way back from that and all quickly comes to a satisfactory end. Spirited.
Tacky, but mildly entertaining early 90's soft core comedy features Xena (Sarah Bellemo), Luna (Tamara Landry), and Sola (Nicole Posey), as three outer-space teenagers. Xena's parents have gone on vacation for a couple of days. Following some persistent persuasion from her friends, Xena agrees to take her father's spaceship for a ride. The end result? They wind up running out of gas in space, and crash-land on planet Beta 45, AKA earth. Meanwhile, teenagers Dave (Michael Todd Davis) and Jerry (Ken Steadman) have come to California to stay the summer with Dave's Uncle Bud (Joe Estevez ) a beach bum who lives right on the beach. The three of them wind up meeting our three space girls who have walked away from the crash without a scratch. Uncle Bud is about to be thrown out from his soon-to-be-condemned beach pad thanks to Sally (Linnea Quigley), who lives right up the hill and used to be in a relationship with Bud. She's also a bikini magnate, and is trying to win a bikini design contest to the tune of, $30,000....exactly what Bud would need to fix up his property, so the girls decide to try to win the prize for him. And that's about it, folks. Knowing that their paper thin plot was barely enough to sustain a feature length movie, the filmmakers subject us to scene after scene of endless beach parties featuring tons of extras gyrating their half naked bodies in the scorching sun. Oh, and lets not forget the sex. There's quite a deal of it. Before I go any further, I need to put this movie in context. It was released in 1993, long before the advent of such soft core labels such as Surrender Cinema and Seduction Cinema. Compared to these newer, edgier, more explicit movies, the soft core movies of the 90's sure seem somewhat mild. When Beach Babes From Beyond first came out in 1993 from the Full Moon offshoot Torchlight Entertainment, it was heralded as the debut release of a label that specialized in "mature audiences" type films. Needless to say, the times have changed. This particular film genre has gone from a few steamy, but brief sex scenes and fleeting glimpses of female full frontal nudity to extended sex scenes that occasionally threaten to venture into the realm of hardcore. Looking at Beach Babes From Beyond again after viewing it upon its 93' release, it's safe to say that if this same film were to be made today, there would be a hell of a lot more emphasis on the sex scenes and less time spent on plot and dialog. As for the sex scenes themselves, they tend to run hot-and-cold. Our three space girls waste no time in getting comfortable with the boys that evening. So each couple gets a soft core scene, complete with annoying slow motion camera work and too dark lighting. They're really not that horrible, and are surprisingly graphic in a few spots, especially the scene between Xena and Jerry that takes place in the back of a trailer. But the one sex scene that REALLY leaves a lasting impression, and causes you to be surprised in its overall intensity, occurs quite early on in the film. Sally is attending a topless photo shot with three of her models posing by a pool. All of the actresses in this scene are beautiful gorgeous, but Nikki Fritz stands out from all the two due to her enormous presence. Remember that this point in her career she had yet to achieve the type of enormous popularity that soon would follow. Her posing nude by a pool leads to an unforgettable fantasy sequence where she shows her soapy body in a tub and then again when walking away from her bath. Walking toward the bed towards a nearly nude pumped up guy in the waiting, we get a full length complete nude scene with her almost heart shaped rear end and perfectly shaped back. It's good that Nikki's back is so muscular as it is about to get a pretty good workout. Nikki spends the next few minutes completely nude with a hunky guy in a variety of positions in a scene that is filmed completely differently than the three other lovemaking scenes. No dark lighting or annoying slow motion here...just two actors in one enormous bed sans sheets and covers who seem at time to be barely acting at all. Nikki's ecstatic body language just goes to prove that few other actresses seem to enjoy filming sex scenes as much as she does. It's really the only time where Beach Babes From Beyond truly delivers the goods. But even without this spectacular scene, I am mildly recommending this film just for the fact alone that it's fairly watchable and never dull no thanks to an incredibly energetic and attractive cast, many of whom would show up in various direct to video features in the remainder of the decade.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A trio of alien teenagers Xena Quark & her two best friends Sola &
Luna take Xena's father's T-Bird space cruiser unaware that it needs
an overhaul. Running out of fuel, the ship crashes on the forbidden
planet of Beta-45 (what we locals call Earth), landing on a Californian
beach. They encounter Dave & Jerry, two young men staying at the home
of Uncle Bud Elric, a legendary surfer turned beach bum who lives on
the beach. Bud's former flame Sally is trying to force him off the
beach & has had his house declared condemned. Bud needs a good deal of
money in order to save his home so Xena, who designs clothes in her
spare time, decides to help him by entering a bikini design competition
staged on the beach.
Enjoying massive success with his Full Moon production company, Charles Band decided to create two off-shoots in order to reach a wider audience Moonbeam, (which specialised in children's entertainment) & Torchlight, which dealt with softcore erotica. Torchlight put out only three films before it went belly up due to a collapsed deal with Paramount. Of the three titles, Beach Babes from Beyond was the first.
Beach Babes from Beyond is, when you come down to it, a rather spectacularly flimsy piece of bubblegum science fiction that won't do anything to add to the genre. The film's most notable claim to fame is that it features a lot of stunt casting everyone from John Travolta's brother Joey (who plays a spaced-out former NASA scientist running a vegetarian food stand on the beach whose skills will come in handy for the heroine's needs); Joe Estevez (brother of Martin Sheen) as the hippie host for the young lovers; Burt Ward (the now middle-aged Robin from that 1960s Batman TV series) as the host of the bikini design competition & in the most eyebrow-raising roles of Xena's parents, Don Swayze & Jacqueline Stallone (mother of Sylvester), where they play with a wanton disregard for seriousness they even joke about the forty-year gap between their ages. This is so utterly ridiculous that you'll be laughing your head off AT them to the film's detriment.
Besides the stunt casting & minimal genre element, the film features a LOT of endless filler shots of beach goers partying on the beach, something that takes a lot of the film's running time & does nothing to move the film. If nothing else, the film delivers on its title promise alien beach babes.
How's the softcore, you ask? Well, the sex scenes depicted here are handled in such a way that you want to kill the editor since the lovemaking is given disjointed shots that rob them of much erotic charge. They also fail to entertain. As a softcore 'comedy' it fails & fares even poorly as science fiction. What a waste.
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