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5.0 out of 5 stars "I look forward to defiling your corpse."
I must concur with the views of 4th December 2000. This film is a masterpiece of B-movie pastiche and humour. Yes, you CAN see the wires and dodgy cardboard sets, but you're supposed to. There are lots of gratuitous sex shots, but they're there because they are gratuitous, no real attempt is made to involve them in the plot or the make an excuse for them. Brilliant...
Published on 13 Jan. 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars Below Average
Below average English attempt to make a "so bad its good" movie, that at least proves once and for all that its impossible to purposely do so. Concerning a kidnapped baby who grows up to be a dumb peroxide blonde and has many adventures in a tacky spaceship. The plot is almost impossible to remember or decipher - since while this was obviously intended as a...
Published on 10 July 2000


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I look forward to defiling your corpse.", 13 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Pervirella [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I must concur with the views of 4th December 2000. This film is a masterpiece of B-movie pastiche and humour. Yes, you CAN see the wires and dodgy cardboard sets, but you're supposed to. There are lots of gratuitous sex shots, but they're there because they are gratuitous, no real attempt is made to involve them in the plot or the make an excuse for them. Brilliant!
The oh-so-British humour is spot on, the corniest one-liner's you're likely to come across. The references to other films are clever, inventive and I doubt I saw three-quarters of them.
Emily Booth (Bouffante) plays the title role with oodles of sexuality, innocent charm and tongue-in-cheek humour; the rest of the cast are equally over the top, hamming every line and scene toa ludicrous extent.
A masterpiece.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Worse things happen at sea and at least it isn't raining!", 4 Dec. 2000
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This review is from: Pervirella [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I can't help but feel that R. Tripp's review has missed the point of the film somewhat and has clearly never been subjected to, say, any of Spanish cult hero Jess Franco's 60's/70's masterpieces. "Pervirella" is an honestly loving and stunningly accurate parody-of/homage-to the likes of Franco and indeed almost any European exploitation movie director you care to name, all the way down to the frenetic use of the zoom lens, utterly gratuitous go-go dancing sequences that pop up at all the wrong moments and ridiculous larger-than-life characters (including the magnificently named Amicus Reilly played by bonafide exploitation movie legend David Warbeck).
The plot itself is so convoluted and extraordinary it makes the likes of Franco's "Kiss Me Monster" and suchlikes seem positively ordinary. Throughout the 91 minutes running time, the viewer is subjected to such insane plot devices as a tribe of bisexual Amazonian "plant people", a squad of highly-trained ninjas (who at one point get into a fight with an army of robot slaves!), a girl (Pervirella herself) with an addiction to sex so intense it causes her partners' heads to explode, an undead/robotic Queen Victoria who gives birth to a series of creepy babies through a giant tube and, to cap it all off, an evil nazi villain (replete with evil nazi moustache no less!) who goes by the name of Sexton Ming! Unbelievably, there's much much more besides but to reel off any more would ruin the surprise you'll get when mentalist twists like the above crop up. On top of the actual plot, the dialogue here is delicious and hugely enjoyable, often crammed to bursting point with purposely "bad" puns and a decidely English sense of absurd humour (witness a line from one of the heroes as he and his professor companion are on the verge of dying - "cheer up, worse things happen at sea and at least it isn't raining"!).
Everything about the way the film is shot is 100% authentic, from the aforementioned hyperactive camerawork, the occasional use of crap 'nature' stock footage (to symbolise "outdoor" scenes of course!), the ridiculous surf-style soundtrack (and, stop me if this is just *TOO* cool for words, but there is even a cameo appearance by Wild Billy Childish and The Headcoats!) and the truly inspired costumes and sets (think Star Trek as directed by Terry Gilliam). The acting is also bang on the mark with the entire cast hamming it up gloriously and frequently screaming like they're auditioning for a particularly OTT Lucio Fulci movie. Eileen Daly is notably wonderful, camping it up supremely in a blatantly obvious yet affectionate parody of her most famous role as "The Redeemer" (or the face of Redemption Films).
Writer/Director Alex Chandon clearly has as much of a genuine and sincere love for very bad films as he does for good ones, and many "in-jokes" and pastiches of cult favourites are thrown in with a plethora of visual gags hilariously referencing such flicks as "Cannibal Holocaust", "Blood Feast", "Driller Killer" and even Chandon's own "Bad Karma" ('Mr Whippy' may ring a bell to some viewers!). Simply put, this is a total and utter treat for fans of the European sexploitation/horror genre (try spotting *all* the in-jokes in only one sitting! impossible!) but even those who wouldn't know their Howard Vernon from their Howard The Duck should be able to appreciate the wild, inventive visuals (which at times border on the disturbing), the turbo pace at which things move along and the fact that not for one second does this movie cease to be anything less than COMPLETELY over the top.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intentionally Bad, 5 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: Pervirella [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is an intentionally bad movie. The acting is hammy. The action is horrible. Loads of gratuitous nudity. Lesbianism. Toys are used as special effects. This is all on purpose though. I got this out of curiosity because I'm familiar with Alex Chandon's work with Cradle of Filth, and I don't regret buying it. It's hilarious. Cheese to the max.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not brilliant, 3 Sept. 2009
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Imagine a world where Queen Victoria has banned history stating the world began with her rule, locks Britain away from the rest of the world and outlaws sexual freedom, then imagine a newborn baby called Pervirella who transforms into an adult for no reason and with her perv power rapes people to death, literally, don't worry she is quite calm when wearing her necklace. A group of adventurers ask the Queens permission to leave in a quest around the world (the objective is to cure Pervirella of her sex addiction) and since the Queen (now a hundred and twenty odd) needs more elixer of life to keep going allows the expedition, thus begins a Sinbad gone very wrong style adventure. Throw in a traitor who is actually the leader of the cult of perv and a cameo from David Warbeck and you're good to go. For fans of cheesy low budget movies only, this one is deliberatly wierd and tacky but in a good way. This isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but its a fun movie and worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boothiful, 1 Oct. 2008
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Could this be the greatest British film of all time?
Marvel as Pervirella, her father Professor Rumpole Pump,the brave Monty, Ingrid and the dastardly Sexton Ming travel the globe in various wonderous dirigibles to bring back the elixir of life for the decaying Queen Victoria and her baby.
Wonder at the state of the art special effects!!! Gasp at the wanton displays of naked flesh!!! Quiver in excitement at the various dangers our intrepid explorers face!!!
If you love sleazy euro horror and those Amicus lost world movies, you'll love this hilarious spoof. It really is laugh a minute stuff. Emily Booth gives a performance worthy of an Oscar, and if thats not enough David Warbeck pops up as Amicus Reilly.
Watch and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mental but sexy, 16 April 2011
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Do not watch if drunk you will lose the plot. Completely nonsensical but great fun and has Emily Booth (DING DONG!) also a young Mark Lamarr fortunately he's not in it for long though.
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3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Below Average, 10 July 2000
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This review is from: Pervirella [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Below average English attempt to make a "so bad its good" movie, that at least proves once and for all that its impossible to purposely do so. Concerning a kidnapped baby who grows up to be a dumb peroxide blonde and has many adventures in a tacky spaceship. The plot is almost impossible to remember or decipher - since while this was obviously intended as a innovative mix of Flesh Gordon and Carry On- the end result resembles an overlong music video without any good music. Attempts
to ease in with a cult film target audience by digging up obscure B movie actors and references to obscurer movies and their makers almost seem like apologies for the films own short comings. Avoid, unless you really did like Carry On Columbus.
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