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Second unit assistant director James Fargo who labored on
all the things from The Andromeda Pressure to Duel and a number of other Clint
Eastwood westerns acquired his first large break together with his directorial debut of Eastwood’s
Soiled Harry movie The Enforcer earlier than making an attempt his hand on the large
display screen epic spectacle Caravans and serving up the goofy Eastwood comedy Each
Which Method however Free
.  A director with
a checkered profession that segued with Chuck Norris and finally veered in the direction of
music movies and tv, in 1984 the inventory commerce movie employee tried his hand
at perhaps the wackiest but most gratifying movie of his profession, When the Rain
Begins to Fall
or as it’s extra generally recognized Voyage of the Rock Aliens. 

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In deep area, a workforce of aliens (comprised of the band RHEMA)
are combing the corners of the universe making an attempt to find the origins of the
so-called time period “Rock n’ Roll”.  Zeroing in
on free spirited glam highschool singer DeeDee (Pia Zadora) and her hotheaded
greaser boyfriend Frankie (Craig Sheffer) who’re clamoring to change into the highest
rock sensation of their small city of Speelburgh (get it, Spielberg?), the
aliens land and start rolling out their very own model of New Age synth infused rock
upon the townsfolk.  One way or the other or one other,
the alien presence and battles between their music and the greaser rockabilly Nineteen Fifties
styled bands units off a weird chain of occasions together with however not restricted to
chainsaw wielding asylum inmates working amok, musical numbers that happen
in bogs and a attractive outdated sheriff on the hunt for UFOs. 

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A movie that supplied a redemption arc for Pia Zadora who
went from being a “unhealthy actress” starring in tawdry motion pictures like Butterfly and
The Lonely Woman to gifted singer and musical performer in addition to that includes
an impressed goofy Greaser efficiency from Craig Sheffer and unlikely cameos from
The Hills Have Eyes icon Michael Berryman and Oscar winner Ruth Gordon, Voyage
of the Rock Aliens
is directly excessive camp and a nostalgic time capsule
parodying Grease with the artificial sound of the long run ala Electrical Desires.  Instantly not taking
itself critically with imagery equivalent to a spaceship formed like a guitar drifts
by means of the vastness of area whereas the title observe by Pia Zadora and
songwriter Jermaine Jackson blares on the soundtrack, the movie is ostensibly a
sci-fi musical comedy with its tongue firmly planted in cheek. 


Whereas not practically as bonkers because the Cannon Movies’ automobile The Apple, at occasions this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink romp tightrope strolling
Nineteen Fifties and Eighties types of music comes fairly near rivaling Golan-Globus’
madness.  Replete with a large octopus
that engulfs the highschool proven as a tacky inflatable prop, ridiculous
costumes that really feel loosely impressed by Michael Jackson by the use of Devo, and a
catchy soundtrack that includes needle drops by Neil Sedaka, Jimmy & the
Mustangs, Mark Spiro and extra, Voyage of the Rock Aliens is the Casio
keyboard definition of a beer and pizza movie. 
A spoof in addition to a gonzo cult movie with structural leanings in the direction of
the plot free musical comedy workouts Forbidden Zone and UHF, this
is really a one-of-a-kind train within the campy batshit musical.

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Firstly, the movie for being a low funds camp comedy musical
is lensed by none apart from the legendary British cinematographer Gilbert
Taylor who shot all the things from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove to
Richard Lester’s A Arduous Day’s Evening, giving the manufacturing a sure
pedigree not loved by different like-minded footage.  The soundtrack by German music producer Jack
White (not the one you’re pondering of) affords up serviceable interspersal
between the primary musical numbers that are carried out by the aforementioned


Pia Zadora whose identify and popularity acquired dragged by means of the
mud by her husband’s soft-porn dramas Butterfly and The Lonely Woman in
one fell swoop dusts herself off and proceeds to beat her stigma with
confidence.  To not say she’s a terrific
actress or something however she greater than makes you overlook about these misbegotten
iterations.  Craig Sheffer in his first
alien film (the opposite being Fireplace within the Sky) offers a delightfully hammy
efficiency because the greaser boyfriend seeing his lady drift away from him for a
new extraterrestrial beau.  Tom Nolan
from Quick Occasions at Ridgemont Excessive performs the primary alien captain Absid who
begins to fall for DeeDee and he makes the pink costumed alien right into a hilariously
otherworldly creature who doesn’t fairly perceive humanity however is keen to
be taught.

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Swiftly examined in theaters within the US earlier than showing on VHS
whereas Europe acquired a full-blown theatrical launch, the movie amassed cult revival
viewings through platforms equivalent to HBO.  None
of the releases on dwelling video had been thought of watchable however as at all times the devoted
of us at Vinegar Syndrome have souped up this underrated gem with a brand new 2K scan
of the 35mm interpositive and a barely upgraded 5.1 combine (listed as 2.0 stereo
on the field).  Remaining as tough to pin
down now because it was when unsuspecting audiences and cable subscribers first acquired
wind of it, Voyage of the Rock Aliens is a time capsule, a goofy but
results heavy riff on the camp sci-fi musical and a automobile for Pia Zadora to really
shine onscreen.  Arduous to not have foolish
enjoyable with this one.

–Andrew Kotwicki

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