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Bat Pussy

Bat Pussy

Fantastic Fest is a cult film lover’s Paradiso. A chance to venture into the latest cinema premieres outside of the mainstream, the festival’s retrospective/special screenings offer a deep dive into obscure gems of cinematic past. Always a wide range, Bollywood retrospectives, lost film The Astrologer, and simultaneous forward / backward screening of The Shining, are some recent selections that come to mind.

Adding to the allure of screenings would rarely come to your local movie house, is the draw of seeing these films with a festival crowd. The general bonkers content of some films elevates the viewing of these films into an experience. A simultaneous turn to the stranger sitting next to you, both screaming with your eyes, “ You just saw that right?”. Culminating into something that is just as hyped as the festival openers and premieres. While you may not leave having seen a new favorite, you will leave having seen something you have never seen before.

Folks at AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) and Something Weird returned to Fantastic Fest this year with a new 2K restoration of 70s porn,  Bat Pussy. The minds behind last year's screening of z-grade true crime bizarro ‘hybrid’ The Zodiac Killer, another equally WTF title, I was on board the moment it was announced. 

Described as “The world’s first X-rated parody” I didn’t know much what to expect until it was introduced to us. AGFA and Something Weird filled us in on what they have…which was not much. Discovered in a bin of reels in the early 90s at a Tennessee drive-in, nothing related to the production of Bat Pussy has been found. The last thing said before the screening started was “Familiarity breeds contempt”.  

I had an idea that it was just going to be ugly people fucking with some crazy THWAPS, GRDRZ, and YAMMERS, sound effects like the 60s TV show. Five minutes in, and I knew that it was going to be something else. It’s immediately apparent that the film has no budget. The endless ramblings of our actors indicate a lack of script, as well as a strong presence of being shit-faced. Due to the alcohol or nerves, likely a combination of both, our male lead — credited only as “Buddy” — is unable to get his little bud up. 

Egos deflate, tensions rise, and the performers go at it, just not in the way you’d expect in a porn. Bear in mind, this is all before the arrival of our titular heroine. I won’t spoil the ‘reveal’ of Bat Pussy, but I can say that her arrival was smashing.To go further and discuss the titillating details would be pointless as nothing remotely sexy happens in this film. The rest of the film is a fly on the wall experience like no other. It was a great experience, but it was absolutely terrible and not a film I’ll be looking to revisit soon.

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