Like a good deal of Kaufman's output, it's a head-spinning mixture of insane gore, nudity that's even more insane, genuinely delightful distinct comedy material (a mutated glee club does a jaunty little barbershop quartet song while shooting up heroin, smacking their arms in order to find a vein to the beat of the song), and highly questionable jokes that seem like they were made on a dare (a joke about going to shoot up a movie theater ended in audience…
I take back any shit I ever said about the whole JEFF GOLDBLUM'S LAPTOP CAN DESTROY AN ENTIRE FLEET OF SPACESHIPS in Independence Day, because Elysium just took the fucking cake with its OVERWRITE ILLEGAL TO LEGAL scene.
It was worth watching the entire movie for that five seconds of sheer fucking buffoonery.
Director Ted Nicolaou described this film on the commentary: "I wanted this movie to be one of those movies that if you were a kid and saw it on T.V. it would haunt you, like 'what the hell was that?'"
That is the exact set of conditions I saw this film. It's Terrorvision and The Dark Backward and Gilbert Gottfried mugging on USA's Up! All Nite that shaped me into the person I am today.
So that's who to fucking blame.