It has been almost 15 years now – the moment I got turned on to the raucus music of Mudhoney and then subsequently stumbled into “Kim’s Video” in 1993 to rent and watch a tattered copy of “Mudhoney” that I have been waiting for this collection to emerge. Well not exactly, because at the time DVDs weren’t in existence and I didn’t yet realize how consistently weird, sexy and oddly funny all of Meyer’s film would be, but I did know I was determined to see every film he had ever made. This collection consists of 18 Meyer classics, all featuring ridiculously buxom babes thrust into variety of strange and limp but humous plotlines.
Meyer, the one-time early Playboy photographer, was one of the most important figures in early low budget American filmmaking ranking up there with Roger Corman. On the surface it is easy to watch any of his “Vixen” films and dismiss them as rather dated soft core exploitation films, which they are, but that is only one layer of a much weirder fusion of comedy and boobs and violence that make up this extraordinary collection. Films like the gritty black and white “Mudhoney” and “Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill” are strange, violent and so over the top that you quickly begin to lose track of which genre they belong to entirely. While films like “Beneath The Valley of the Ultra Vixens” and “Lorna” and others are feel more like pornos but narrated in the same gosh-golly tone as a sixth grade science film.
To understand and appreciate Meyer is hurl yourself completely unique world. This is a cinematic plane that looks like something old and cheap on the surface, but is really the bizarre work of a master. Meyer wrote, directed, and edited most of these films and every frame is stamped with his off-kilter signature. I wil lbe hard pressed to find a set od CDs that I was happier to find than these.