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|Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen|
Actors: Taylor Asberry, Beverly Hynds, Courtney Kocak, Thomas Alan Beckett, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio
Director: Thomas Smugala
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
In APOCALYPSE AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN the universe's fate falls in the hands of a former supermodel. When the ex-model attempts to create her own kingdom she encounters resistance and eventually a revolution. System Requireme... more »
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 5/20/2011...
Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen is a crazy, futuristic movie about what to do after the end of the world. In the near future, the world has run out of oil and electricity. People fall apart and the world ends up separated into loosely-knit little counties. In one such county, a failed top model takes over the hillbilly losers and turns it into her own personal domain. One girl stands in the way of her corruption, but can she trust the Romeo who says he will betray his queen for her love? This movie feels like a John Waters story directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Troma. It's highly entertaining as long as you just take it for what it is. Yes, some of the acting could have been better, but all around, it's not bad at all. And you get to see Gunnar Hansen who played Leatherface walk around most of the movie drinking moonshine from a mason jar. Can you really beat that?
Joseph M. (RoboticJoe) from TOLEDO, OH
Reviewed on 4/25/2010...
Pretty awesome nude and sex scenes for a cheesy Apocalypse movie!
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F. Jackson | MO | 01/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Although it is visually captivating, the storyline couldn't be worse. If you are DYING to see it - rent it, it's not a buy."
Visually Stunning.. blood and sex delivered at its best
S. chellapa | St. Louis, MO | 01/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Smugala's brilliance in visual storytelling is highlighted in a stunning and stylistic film. Unique juxtaposition of raw images and gorgeous colors are a sight to see. The story is based sometime in the future when the future is not what you would expect. An uncivilized decrepit world ruled by a strong armed queen and fueding warlords, a world where sex and guns are the currency and power is the goal. See it, enjoy it.. love it or leave it. Not your typical mainstream drama."
Probably Destined to Be a Cult Classic. 1 1/2 Stars
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 03/04/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"APOCALYPSE AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN is supposedly loosely based upon the 16th Century ruler, Elizabeth Bathory--"The Blood Countes". The movie is set in a not-too distant future where governments and other ruling bodies have collapsed and people have been left to fend and survive for themselves in a world that has regressed to a Dark Ages mentality. Amber (Beverly Hynds) was a former New York model who returned to her hometown after the collapse and led and organized the citizens in the area back towards civilization. However, she becomes seduced by vanity and power. Meanwhile a new revolution seems ready to break out while a cold blooded killer is kidnapping beautiful young women, killing them, and bathing in their blood.
APOCALYPSE AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN desperately wants to be seen as a hip and artsy romantic thriller. That's the type of movie the filmmakers seem to have been wanting to make. Unfortunately, that's not the film that ended up as the finished project. The film does have an aesthetic appeal, but it takes itself so seriously that it's a caricature of what it was meant to be.
The worst part of the film is the writing. The dialogue is terrible. I've watched junior high students produce films for class that have had better dialogue than is in the movie. The bad writing seeps into other parts of the film and taints them, too. Take the acting for example. There are a few decent performances in the movie (Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE films gives one of the best performances in the movie), but much of the acting is second-rate at best. These performances combined with the terrible writing make for laugh-out hilarity. Except most of these laugh out moments are meant to be funny, they are supposed to be taken seriously. Of course, there's the general plot of the movie much of which doesn't make any sense at all. The films ending raises causes some huge plot holes and eliminates any sensibility at all.
APOCALYPSE AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN does have some appeal. The production value isn't too bad and some of the cinematic techniques are well done. Beyond that, it's one of those movies that could develop a cult following because "it's so bad, it's good." The film also has value as a picture you can use for your own MYSTERY SCIENCE 3000 viewings. Other than that, unless you a fan of Gunnar Hansen or any of the other principals involved, this is a movie you are better off not seeing at all."