The following is an excerpt from the column Video Lies, a regular feature in the 1990s ‘zine Kraken Farmer, edited by the mighty Lucy Kurtz, available at Tower Records and Flyrabbit.
Body Melt. Dir. Philip Brophy. Perf. Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, and Regina Gaigalas. Prism Entertainment Corporation, 1993. Videocassette.
Blue-lit nude witch with mechanical witch tits sez, “I fixed Ryan.” Ryan’s computer cigarette, Pebble Court graphics, writes an address. Fade to suburban cul-de-sac, red-orange mailbox, “regula Vegula” vitamins. Vit-ah-mins. Phil C-c-collins. “I’m serious, mate.” Ryan uses detergent to keep himself together. 1. hallucinogenic, 2. glandular microcassette recorder.
Int. Airport. Day: hallucinate. Offer a dying man a fag, “it’s a killing machine it got everything.” Horizon cigarettes, smoked by a bruise. Int. Paul’s at Pebble Court. Day. The bruise appears healed and opens Paul’s chest for another pack of cigarettes, Smoke a fresh breath.
Cannibal families choose Chesterfield cigarettes. Truck circles, “Keep it inbred the family.” Watch pornography. The hallway wall a KISS mask museum. Pud eats kangaroo adrenal gland and Pud can can. Detective Phillips detects fitness: “We’re only just shifted here.” Helium voiced he-men. Cheryl’s pregnancy dust picked up by leftover stethoscope. Instead of a baby, steam. She names the baby Steam. Foaming father butterfly swallows his wings and family evacuates.
What is important about Body Melt? Bodies.