"Vixen Highway" has just about everything a Russ Meyer fan needs in these tough times. Hot, busty chicks, idiotic men and double entendres galore. One thing it does not have in common with Russ' originals is the awesome photography that was evident even in Meyer's early works. Shot on digital video, the film's impact as a tribute is considerably compromised.
Nonetheless, the storyline absolutely cannot be beat. Three of the busty women - super-tall Tura Satana lookalike Carolyn Hauck, redhead Sports Illustrated bombshell Angela Giaj and Pam Grier-close-to-be Miki Mosman - abscond with a donor liver bound for the house of a drug-addled rock star. The superchicks are pursued by two mob couriers as well as by three horn-driven hillbillies. Along the way we also encounter two grease-covered gas-pump babes and some sultry surgeons floating about the rock star's mansion (which comes equipped with its own operating room).
The acting for the most part is pretty good. The three leads "fit" their parts beautifully. Among the men, Charles Hubbell as the lead redneck Elroy
who, along with his two cousins, disguises as a highway patrolman to
pull chicks over and cop some lovin' - and Robert Elliott and Dave Quimby as the goombas are notably good. And Michael Way as Larry Hugh gives new meaning to the term "wannabe!" The sets are also surprisingly good for such an el cheapo production - the rock star's mansion, inside and out, actually looks like a mansion! And the car the vixens drive the liver is a block-long convertible that looks like it may have actually been IN some Russ Meyer flicks!
If all this had been shot on 35 mm or even 16mm, it probably would be in video shelves or possibly even movie theaters as you read this. Unfortunately, the digital video format has probably prevented this from happening. Still, it's a great deal of fun and a good primer for those not familiar with the immortal Russ. Digital video has improved in quality since this film was shot, something that hopefully can be seen in a new sci-fi (!) movie that this film's writer-director, John Ervin, is working on called "Proinhibition". Reports are that there are dominatrixes galore brandishing whips in this new one - something worth seeing in any format!
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