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Oblivion is a low-budget cheesy space-western with so many in-jokes and
running gags and stereotypes that it has twice been the cornerstone of video
parties at my place!
The story is coherent-but-flimsy. The real fun is in the bizarre special-effects, the character references, the costumes, etc.
To enjoy this movie, make sure you know what the major players have done before. Keep it in mind. Listen to every word. Have half-a-dozen other people there. With lots of snacks or beer.
Oh, and the plot? Who cares. Much like a Batman or Addam's Family movie (for several reasons, both), this movie is about look, feel, and fun. Plot is almost incidental.
Fun-tastic sf-western, full of gags, thanks to a sassy script from Peter David: the son of a great marshall of the law is forced against his will to take the star from the deceased father and fight against a bunch of criminals, lead by a lizardman call Red-Eye. I think this is the only movie where you may find a Wishmaster, a Catwoman, a Sulu, a Lurch...
Set in the year 3031 on a frontier planet light years away from Earth,
a bizarre gang of desperadoes set on turning the tumbleweed town of
Oblivion into their own private haven.
Made nearly 20 years before the arguably pretentious Cowboys and Aliens, Oblivion is an obscure FullMoon nugget. Although the costumes and sets appear cheap they're fitting enough in this outlandish western futuristic alien tale. Despite the offbeat humour and pacing director Sam Irvin gives us forcefields, cyborgs, fistfights, spaceships, guns, gadgets and giant Harryhausen- like scorpions. Oblivion is an 90s film with and 1980's b-feel and 70s stock soundtrack heart.
The 'Biff Tannen' villain Redeye played by Andrew Divoff makeup is effective. There's an odd mix pop-culture cast including Batman's Julie Newmar, Star Treks George Takei, singing legend Isaac Hayes, Master of the Universe and They Live's Meg Foster to name a few. There's also a leather-clad whip sporting Musetta Vander who looks particularly fetching.
If you like B-films and enjoy the unlikely list of genre crossovers Oblivion is the closest you'll get to a live action BraveStarr.
My passion for Western Movies lost out to Sci-Fi in the early 60s.
Well, if you want to wallow in the goofiness and clichés of both highly abused genres without a speck of the po-faced seriosity that ruined Outland or Cowboys and Aliens, then saddle up!
THRILL!...as a cast of recognizable faces chew up the scenery and their own careers with abandon!
GASP!...as giant claymation scorpions stalk our heroes!
LUST!...as a damn fine Bettie Page look-a-like cracks her whip!
If you are one of the increasingly hard to find Fantasy movie fans with the ability to relax your sphincter, then I heartily recommend this, and it's follow-up, Oblivian: Backlash.
If you are one of those sad little souls who think humor is just something used to spice up torture scenes, then watch this. It might do you some good.
But above all, if you ever spent an afternoon in front of a B+W TV watching bad Cowboy and Indian movies and rubber-suited monster flicks, this is for you!
Take a little trip to Oblivion...Where the YeeHaw! meets the CreeGah!
For lovers of Cheese,this movie will satisfy.......The writer,Peter David, is master of not taking things too seriously, and that makes Oblivion a great film. If you enjoy this try Trancers 4 and 5. It is in the same vein and is just very fun........
Boy, this movie is like a circus: a variety of bizarre and colorful
characters and events spiced up with fun & cheesy special effects. I
think this movie might have created a total new subgenre on it's own by
mixing sci-fi/western/comedy/horror/drama/revenge flicks all together.
This movie spawned from production company Full Moon, which was at it's
best - in my opinion - during the late eighties and the first half of
the nineties. OBLIVION, though not their best movie, is a fine example
of how crazy they can get.
We've got: Spaceships, a 19th century western town with money-machines, a green alien lizard-man with an eye-patch, a cyborg-deputy, a faggot-mariachi, giant stop-motion scorpions, an S&M/Gothic-babe with a whip (Musetta Vander can lick my neck anytime), an over-friendly grim-looking undertaker, an Indian with too much brown make-up and a bad long-hair wig, a drunk Japanese dude (George Takei giving us silly STAR TREK inside jokes), midgets in a barfight, a coffin-shaped coroner's house, pyramids (huh?), an empath protagonist, a poisonous Manh-Ding, Bingo on Thursdays, Indian magic, a grande finale in the Badlands,... ehr, I'm gonna stop now, 'cause the list's getting awful long here.
This movie also has a cameo by Isaac Hayes (the man can't act, but is funny as hell), a double roll by Andrew"Djinn"Divoff as the lizard-man Redeye and a dumb hustler Einstein (slightly hilarious) and a delicious performance by hot-babe-dressed-in-leather Musetta Vander as the whippin' Lash. (Musetta also stars in MANSQUITO, which is like a b-movie cross-over between THE FLY and MIMIC, so go see it, you pulpy movie-lovers!)
What about the story of OBLIVION? Hell, who needs a story if you got all the above-mentioned ingredients? But there is one, and it's full of stupid and funny dialogues and situations. I recommend this for 90 minutes of pure ridiculous nonsense. Now, somebody please give me the sequel, OBLIVION 2: BACKLASH. I have to see it!
They just don't make em like Oblivion anymore. This movie is so bad that it's good. It's like watching a movie that was supposed to be serious but halfway through they decided it should be a comedy. There are some really great lines in here that should not be missed. "Not man enough? or maybe you're too much man, too much... HU-man?" or the s**t a brick in your pants funny "associ-whats?" line. Or the bingo during the funeral "B9!" Oh man, I'm cracking up right now writing this. And of course the best part is that it ends with "to be continued" and a hilarious preview of the sequel. Anyways, if you want to see a really unintentionally funny movie with microphones and ads for other movies blatantly in several shots then see this now, i concur with the beer suggestion of these other guys too. Oblivion, really great movie, watch it.
This film contains no exploding golfcarts, no people falling over railings
(two at a time), no diabolical laughter, and no stock footage from
Unlike SPACE MUTINY, which was just plain annoying, OBLIVION was an entertaining piece of cinematic garbage with enough cheesy dialog and one liners that enable it to stand on its own, even without the help of Mike and his MST3K robot friends.
Also, unlike SPACE MUTINY, it's a lot more fun than shoveling raw sewage.
Give this one a chance.
Rating: *** out of *****
Uncomfortable blend of sci-fi and western, never really pulls it together. Take away the stop action scorpions and you have a pretty dull western. Take away the western and you have an amateurish sci-fi. The characters are all cartoon like and some scenes are not only unnecessary, but go on far too long. Trashing the store for instance could have been left on the cutting room floor. I realize this is not "Casablanca", but "Oblivion" really doesn't know what it wants to be. Sci-fi fans are certain to be disappointed, and western fans will find the script boring. I wanted to find a gem here, but unfortunately did not. - MERK
"It's high noon at the far end of the universe", the DVD poster of Oblivion states. Years before the underrated Cowboys & Aliens came out, Oblivion came along, and it's definitely gives the concept a better, and quirkier run for its money. Granted it's essentially a B movie, and it's meagre budget shows to the point where it looks like a grade school play. But therein lies it's charm. It's got a cast of supremely wacky old west stereotypes played by some surprising, familiar genre faces who you'd never thought to be seen rough housing together in the same flick. It also has some lovingly crafted, creaky stop motion animation that calls Harryhausen to mind and brings to life some super weird alien hybrid thingies that look almost Henson-esque as well. When a lone spaceship lands on the outskirts of an intergalactic desert town, it's occupant brings trouble along with him. He's a nasty, one eyed reptilian alien gunslinger named RedEye, played by the inimitable Andrew Divoff. He growling, bad tempered son of a bitch, and his first order of business is to ruthlessly slay the town's sheriff, and claim it for himself. What he doesn't count on is the Sheriff's son (Richard Joseph Paul), a prospector who soon returns to Oblivion looking for answers, along with his Native friend Buteo (the late great Jimmie F. Skaggs). All kinds of townsfolk end up in the crossfire, including drunken Doc Valentine (a priceless George Takei), slinky brothel owner Miss Kitty (Julie Newmar), a cyborg police deputy (Meg Foster), a pawnbroker (Isaac Hayes) and the town's elegant undertaker, played by Carol Struckyen who some may remember as the giant from Twin Peaks. RedEye has a smoking hot henchwoman and girlfriend named Lash, played by B movie scream queen Musetta Vander, who gets the vibe they're going for here and sinks her teeth into the material with admirable abandon. The film sticks to its guns despite being obviously silly and somewhat falling apart in a climax that oddly is too darkly shot to make out properly. What it lacks in resources it makes up for in imagination, which it has in spades. Alien scorpions, cyborg deputies, leather clad babes are but a few of the genre mashing treats to be found here. Great stuff. Oh and check out the sequel as well, called Oblivion 2: Backlash, it's a nice companion piece.
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