Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)

Russ Meyer’s films may be silly and irreverent, but they’re also great fun, and while Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens is not his best work, it’s still great fun to watch and certainly comes recommended to Meyer’s fans! In my opinion, Meyer is at his best when he’s mixing comedy porn with a thriller plot structure – with Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Supervixens being the best examples of his work. Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens is basically your average porn movie with a focus on a load of set-piece situations, but Meyer keeps the laughs coming and there’s no shortage of big breasted ladies to keep the audience interested. There isn’t really much plot to speak of, but the film centres on Levonna & Lamar; a couple in “Smalltown, USA”. They’re having problems in (you guessed it) the bedroom, as Levonna wants to have sex normally, but Lamar only likes to go in through the backdoor. Levonna becomes frustrated, so she does what any woman would do – gets herself a wig, learns Spanish and pretends to be a Mexican dancer to try and change Lamar’s sex preferences…

The plot isn’t really relied upon and the film is more of an excuse for Meyer to present a load of silly scenes; but that isn’t a problem. The situations that various characters find themselves in generally are funny – with the scenes that sees Levonna get her wig and Spanish phrase book, and a sequence taking place in a dentist’s surgery being the highlights of the film. There’s plenty of nudity as you might expect, and all the girls have overly inflated chests in the true Russ Meyer style. The sex is not exactly hardcore, but there’s plenty of it and it’s not disappointing. The style of the film seems to be a parody of the American “apple pie” theme and the story is told by a narrator, who seems to be taking on the role of the “all American workman”, the twist being that he’s always talking about perversion. I don’t think Russ Meyer was really trying to say anything with this film – there’s a slight hint of a point stemming from the idea of “Smalltown, USA is a normal small town, but look what goes on behind closed doors!”, but it’s not implemented well enough to have much meaning. Overall, this is a very decent little porn flick from Russ Meyer, and while I’d recommend other films of his over this one; Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens is worth a watch.