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Zeppo: Sinners From Beyond the Moon (2007)
--Reviewed by Nic Brown--
What happens when you cross 50’s sci-fi with the maniacal energy and insane irreverence of a Troma film? You get writer/director Jerry Williams’ newest film Zeppo: Sinners From Beyond the Moon. Zeppo is the name of a planet ruled by the insatiable Empress Molly (Scream Queen favorite Debbie Rochon). Empress Molly is bored, so she decides to send her minions to conquer a nearby planet for her amusement. The planet is of course Earth. The plan is straight out of Ed Wood’s classic Plan 9 From Outer Space, as Molly’s forces begin raising the dead to enslave the planet. The President (Troma’s own Lloyd Kaufman) directs the scientists of Area 51 to develop a weapon to fight the forces of Zeppo. Unfortunately the most brilliant scientist Adam Jacobs (Stacey T. Gillespie) has gone missing and his new pulse weapon is incomplete. Now Adam must return in time to save the Earth and hook up with the love of his life Sage (Elysee), a dancer at the local strip club Benito Spanglers.

It may seem like there is a lot of stuff going on in Zeppo: Sinners From Beyond the Moon, that is because there is! The film moves wildly around jumping between the innumerable stories at hyper-speed. Televangelists, strippers, scientists, and more pop in and out of the film with their own subplots. We also can’t forget Yanov the Conqueror and his love triangle with Empress Molly and Zeppo Temple Priestess Ileena! All this and Plan 9 From Outer Space actor Conrad Brooks also appears the film. Brooks punctuates many of the scene changes with commentary that may or may not be related to the film, it’s hard to tell at times, but which does tie it all together in a humorously confused sort of way.

The people who worked on Zeppo, both behind and in front of the camera, obviously enjoyed making the film. This shows in the finished product. Although a number of the jokes seemed to just miss being funny and some of the acting was less than academy award material, the overall experience was fun to watch. In fact, the film is filled with humorous imagery as all the special effects for planet Zeppo, from buildings to spaceships involved amusingly absurd sexual images, including breast shaped buildings and phallic spaceships. So if you are in the mood for a bit of fairly mindless fun, check out Zeppo: Sinners From Beyond the Moon as it pays homage to classic sci-fi b-movies, but with its on insane twists.



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