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Premiere: Spindrift “Space Vixens”

Premiere: Spindrift “Space Vixens”   (photo)

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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.

Are you a Space Vixen? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…