is a post-apocalyptic cult pornographic science fiction film.
Before this was created, the director, Rinse Dream (whose real name is Stephen Sayadian) and a writer, Herbert W. Day (whose real name was Jerry Stahl) co-wrote a surrealist porno movie called Night Dreams
, which got some major notice from film critics as an artistic pornographic film that told a story and featured creative sex scenes (more information on that flick can be found when someone decides to write an article on it; until then, The Cinema Snob did a review on it
). Sayadian was later allowed to direct, and one of his most famous efforts after Night Dreams
was Café Flesh
, which recaptured some of the surrealism of Night Dreams
, but had a more clear story, but still retained the bizarre imagery and unusual sex scenes.
The plot involves society being hit with a disease that renders most of the men and women impotent. The people that don't become sick when they try to have sex are forced to perform in live sex acts for the impotent members of society. Problems ensue when a woman who is not
impotent pretends to be so, but soon has to face her fate when she accidentally lets her own sexual frustrations with her impotent boyfriend slip.
Comparable to Night Dreams
and Sayadian's non-pornographic film, Doctor Caligari
(not to be confused with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
). Jerry Stahl
also wrote for sitcoms like ALF
, and scripted Bad Boys II
. No, really.
This film provides examples of:
- After the End: "Café Flesh" is set in a post-apocalyptic world.
- Erotic Film: A surreal one for that matter.
- Film Series: Inspired two sequels which had nothing to do with this movie, none of the original creators involved and weren't succesful either.
- Good Is Impotent: Because the impotent at least have a sexy show to watch.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: Despite having copulation in the film it's all so odd and surreal that you be more perplexed by the visuals than aroused.
- Life Imitates Art: The film shows how the world is hit by a sexual disease, dividing people in the Sex Negatives and Sex Positives. Harsher in Hindsight when you consider this picture was released at the start of the 1980s, before news about HIV and AIDS became widespread.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: Impotence is a main theme.