Rent Gas-s-s-s (1970)

2.2 of 5 from 48 ratings
1h 15min
Rent Gas-s-s-s (aka Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
When the US military accidentally release a noxious substance that causes death from instant old age, everyone over 25 dies and the youth of America are left to their own devices to invent a new world order. Fresh from bringing the late-60's counter-cultural explosion to the screen in 'The Trip', Roger Corman delivers his most ambitious and anarchic take on the 'Love Generation' yet - a free-wheeling blend of acid rock, far-out humor and psychedelic excess that faithfully captures the revolutionary spirit of its time.
Actors:
, , , , , , Alex Wilson, , Phil Borneo, , Jackie Farley, , Juretta Taylor, , , Bruce Karcher, , , , Abe Santillanes
Directors:
Producers:
Roger Corman
Voiced By:
Lennie Weinrib
Writers:
George Armitage
Aka:
Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.
Studio:
Signal One Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/01/2016
Run Time:
75 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview with director Roger Corman (1970, audio only): archival interview conducted at the NFT the day after work was completed on 'Gas-s-s-s'
  • The Guardian Interview with Roger Corman (1991, audio only): the legendary director returns to the NFT to discuss his career
  • Counter-Culture Corman (2015): new documentary featuring interviews with Roger Corman, Ted Newsom and Chris Poggiali
  • Lobby cards, press book and stills gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/01/2016
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview with director Roger Corman (1970, audio only): archival interview conducted at the NFT the day after work was completed on 'Gas-s-s-s'
  • The Guardian Interview with Roger Corman (1991, audio only): the legendary director returns to the NFT to discuss his career
  • Counter-Culture Corman (2015): new documentary featuring interviews with Roger Corman, Ted Newsom and Chris Poggiali
  • Lobby cards, press book and stills gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Gas-s-s-s

Somebody open a window! - Gas-s-s-s review by Count Otto Black

Spoiler Alert
26/04/2016

Once upon a time, Roger Corman was the ultra-prolific king of the B-movies. Although he's still alive, and still being credited as executive producer (whatever that means) of films like "Sharktopus", it's a long, long time since he directed anything, and this film pretty much marks the exact moment when he ran out of steam.

This is a counter-culture movie cynically thrown together by somebody who was always painting by numbers when it came to that kind of thing. Imagine a rip-off of "Head" without the Monkees, 90% of the budget, or 99% of the imagination, but with a soundtrack and a brief in-concert cameo by Country Joe and the Fish (obviously filmed separately from the rest of the movie, and very badly), major participation from Talia Shire (demonstrating exactly why A-list directors who cast their daughters in "The Godfather Part II" should have hired an actress instead), and the kind of humor you'd expect from a 44-year-old man taking that "don't trust anyone over 25" hippy mantra so literally that in this film, being over 25 equals being dead, in the belief that this will automatically make those young whippersnappers with their long hair and funny clothes go see it.

Corman clearly neither understands nor approves of the lifestyle he's pretending to pander to. He misses the point to the extent of including jokes about vegetarians becoming delirious from malnutrition unless they grow out of their silly food-fad and adopt a partially meat-based diet, and liberated women enjoying sex so much that multiple rapists collapse from exhaustion. Whether your political sympathies are with Tim Leary or Richard Nixon, it's an undeniable objective fact that a film which sneers at its target audience in the belief that they're so stupid they won't notice is a bad film by anyone's standards. Therefore this is a very bad film indeed.

Did I mention the atrocious improv-style acting? The irritating funny voices often used in lieu of actual humor? Or the impression that a director who would shortly give up directing already had, and the whole sorry mess was lumbering along without him? This movie is so misconceived that it's not even unintentionally hilarious in a "Reefer Madness" kind of way, it's just plain dreadful.

On the plus side, as feature films go, it's really short.

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