Alice in Wonderland (1976)

Genres - Adult, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Softcore Sex Film  |   Release Date - Dec 10, 1976 (USA)  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Derek Armstrong

Bud Townsend's X-rated version of Alice in Wonderland carries the gonzo '70s spirit of a porn-chic film like Fritz the Cat -- which naturally also makes it shoddily produced and essentially outré. A film that must have been influenced by the heavy drug use of its creators, this Alice should probably be watched under those conditions as well. Populated by bizarre characters (not all of whom spring from the source material) decked out in furry animal costumes, the film moves along the basic story line, but peppers it with flippant sexual episodes, meant to be humorous more than titillating. Parts of it aren't even that unconventional, and the sex is not especially graphic, but the overarching weirdness of it all is the lasting impression. The scenes, such as they are, are linked together by hilarious porn-punned title cards and zany band music, which plants the film's tongue even more firmly in its cheek. This is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a prototypical addition to the guilty-pleasure library of films that are so bad they're good. Plus, for film enthusiasts, it's a telling window into the cinematic experimentation of an era marked by its freedom from norms.