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Kinkier than you may think

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A Boy and His Dog.

Oh, how much fun someone must have had when they came up with the name of this movie!

With such a title you would assume it’s a family friendly movie, surely about a parentless street boy and his best friend, a cute dog named “Skippy”. I can see it in front of me. As the film begins the dog causes them trouble with the police, due to some misunderstanding, but then there will be a fire and the dog will rescue everyone and finally the boy will be adopted by a kind police man and they’ll live happily for the rest of their lives.

But A Boy and His Dog is nothing like that. Actually it’s pretty much the opposite and Not Safe for Children.

Rather kinky
This science fiction movie from 1975 is based on a novel by Harlan Ellison. It takes place in 2024, when Earth is turned into a miserable wasteland after the fourth world war has taken place. Groups of bandits are wandering around, searching for canned food and for women to rape. Our “hero” Vic does the same, but is in party a dog, Blood, who is telepathic and speaks through the entire movie with a voice-over. The two of them have a pact where the dog helps Vic sniffing up women and he in turn helps the dog to find food.

One day their search brings him to a woman who turns out to have an agenda of her own. She lures him down to the world beneath the surface, where other people live in an organized underground society. It turns out that they have plans for him, plans that he doesn’t completely agree with. Twists will follow, that might shock you a little. And that’s all I’ll say in order not to spoil anything, but I assure you that it gets bizarre. If the title was misleading, the catch line describes the film very well: “a rather kinky tale of survival”.

Inspiration for other films
There are two ways to approach this film. I suppose you could see it misogynic bullshit, which implies that it’s ok to go around raping women, because we all know that men are just led by their dicks.

But you could also ignore the gender perspective and just go for the ride and that’s what I did, because I was in such a mood when I watched it.

I didn’t dwell on how badly the men treated the women; instead I enjoyed the dark, absurd humor and the output of a very twisted imagination. And I’m not the only one to see the charm in this film.

The apocalypse world on the surface has apparently inspired the Mad Max franchise that came out a few years later and the white faced people in the underground world made me associate to the Swedish director Roy Andersson.

Let me be clear about this: this is not a science fiction movie for everyone. But for a film buff who likes some low budget genre film in the cinematic diet mix, it’s a good choice when the craving appears.

A Boy and His Dog (L.Q. Jones, US, 1975) My rating: 3/5

Written by Jessica

June 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

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