Anyone who’s seen ESPN these past few weeks has been treated to a mysterious ad campaign in which Darkmane, a ranting masked lunatic fixated on foiling the X-Games rants and raves in a busted-up cable access studio, a basement somewhere rigged to look like the inside of a spaceship…
Quite by accident this evening, my wife and I were watching Flash Gordon (yes, the one with the Queen soundtrack, directed by Mike Hodges of GET CARTER and CROUPIER fame, and featuring Max Von–freakin’–Sydow as Ming the Merciless)…
Yes, the film is as bad as you remember it.
But it does boast some pretty fab art direction and production design…
….with some of the shots reminiscent of Kenneth Anger’s lush, trippy Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome:
But that’s not what caught my attention. Sometime after Flash and company are captured, I recognized someone who looked vaguely familiar kickin’ it with Ming.
Klytus scope eyes
Add a wig, and you’ve got Darkmane…he and his creators have taken the to plea to “join his Army” to “crush originality” seriously.
Something else caught my attention. too I had forgotten that, in this endlessly fascinating 1980 film, Flash Gordon is the starting Quarterback for the New York Jets.
With rumors running wild, about who will be the Jets next starting quarterback, why not throw Flash into the mix?
Darkmane–where sports and sci-fi discourse collide in an unholy union of matter and anti-matter…so to cleanse the palate, sample this:
Mad Props to Darkmane for this homoge to Bill O’Reilly’s famous meltdown.