'Mess' doesn't begin to cover this, but it's worth seeing for Rip Torn's physicist/resurrected Egyptian beetle god, particularly his sex scene, which starts off with some kind of interpretive dance, then sees him howl a battle cry, Alan Partridge-like, as he jumps into action - only to find that a mysterious apparition (possibly his ex-wife, your guess is as good as mine since it's never explained nor appears again) has changed the body of his would-be partner into that of…
This is a story about a man lost when his travels take him beyond the safety of his guidebook, and the film similarly fails to provide reassuring pointers and explanations. The result is disorientating - it's creepy (and funny) but we're never quite sure why. Dyson's script bravely resists the temptation to fill in detail, while Gatiss wears a pencil-moustache as only he can. A nice little bridge between The League of Gentlemen and some of their later work.
(Available for a quid on BFI Player as part of their Gothic season: player.bfi.org.uk/player/watch-the-cicerones-150639777/s4NWx4ZDqc2lJ8dk_rAxoGUMILYHL4-h)
OK, I admit it, I'm a fan of Lifeforce, and it's not just because of the vast swathes of nudity.* Not that I can't see the flaws - this is after all a film that (ahem) climaxes with a man able to save the earth by having sex, in fact he's so good at sex that he sends himself and his partner flying up into the air - but it is also fun, ambitious, scary and dare I say it…
It's hard (sorry) to know how to review Caligula, especially in its full length (sorry again) version. I've seen lots of 10/10 reviews on other sites, but you can't help feeling (ahem) that they are actually reviewing the behind-the-scenes story. That of course is incredible, hilarious and tragic - all things that the film should be but isn't. It's swollen (cough), sloppy (cough cough) and gets itself into a proper mess (nurse!). Mark Kermode famously said that there was a…