Dr. Snuggles and friends return for episode 39 of our spin-off show about the weird world of softcore skin-flicks!
We’re back to our very irregular look at the work of Zalman King. We started way back in episode 18 when we did his directorial debut, Two Moon Junction, so now it’s time for his infamous 1989 follow-up, Wild Orchid, aka the one in which Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis had real actual sex probably. Spoilers: everyone involved says they didn’t, and frankly if they did then they had some real boring and unenthusiastic sex. This is one weird, weird movie, and no one on the show quite knows how they feel about it until they have to actually give it a rating, although everyone agrees that actual Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset and her crazy actual acting and, especially, her fabulous men's suit and drawn-on moustache (very proto-Dorian Electra!) is the unequivocal highlight.
Also we didn’t really want to discuss the life and times of Mickey Rourke because that guy is a complete bummer. So, we talked about someone from the film with a much cooler and wilder life: Oleg Vidov! In the ‘70s, he was known as the “Robert Redford of Soviet cinema”. But then some craziness happened because his wife was having an affair with a dashing bearded foreigner you might be familiar with, he got a divorce, and the KGB and Leonid Brezhnev ended up significantly pissy at him, so he defected to the US, staying at Richard Harrison’s house in Rome for a few months on the way!
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