CANNON MONTH 2: Deceit (1990)

Directed and written by Albert Pyun to be shot in three days — 35 pages of script a day! — on one set from Cyborg during reshoots for that film — with no special effects other than a single cube, Deceit starts with this quick blast of info: “The following is crucial plot information needed to understand this motion picture. If for some reason you fail to read all of this data in time, then you are really screwed because you’ll end up sitting there for two hours wondering what the hell is going on and realizing that you’ve just thrown away hard-earned money and one-hundred and thirty minutes of your life. So here is the crucial information.”

There is none.

An unknown man commits suicide by bleach and his body is possessed by an alien named Bailey (Norbert Weisser). A month or so later, a group including Wilma (Diane Defoe) and Eve (Samantha Phillips) is on her way to Las Vegas for a wedding and pick up a hitchhiking Bailey. He kills everyone in the car except for Wilma, telling her that he’s here to destroy the polluted Earth but first, he wants to have sex with her.

Bailey could be an escaped mental patient as his therapist Brick (Scott Paulin) soon arrives, but he also claims to be a planet-destroying alien. He also wants to have sex with Wilma, who is saved by Eve, now possessed by a space cop who has an all-powerful cube. She places the fate of the Earth onto Eve and tells her that whenever she wants the planet to die, all she has to do is ask.

According to Justin Decloux, who wrote Radioactive Dreams: The Cinema of Albert Pyun, this movie “cost $22,000 and the actors would have to limit themselves to a single take for each shot.” He also thanked Jean Claude Van-Damme for making the movie possible, which is a back-handed compliment, as Pyun wanted to make a gritty western called Slinger and Van Damme just wanted to do another kickboxing movie. That meant that Cyborg needed some reshoots and that’s how Pyun was able to wrap up his real job on a Thursday night and could shoot for free — other than film — all weekend long.

You have to admire the sheer maniac zeal it takes to make a movie like this within the system outside of the system against the system.

After an entire movie of people yelling at one another, the cop takes a look at Wilma and says, “Today is almost tomorrow. And remember if you’re looking for someone to fall in love with – try yourself.” And then realizing that she can stop life as we know it at any time, she looks right into Pyun’s camera and says, “Today is tomorrow. And things better get better. Or else.”

The film closes by catching on fire.

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