During the late Seventies and early Eighties, a crazy club scene emerged in New York City. A strange vampire with the swirling mental compass of Punk while decked out in the fluorescent neon pastels of New Wave, it greedily sucked the last little bit of life out of Disco. The nightclub scene was fueled by drugs, sex, nihilism, and an endless parade of anti-fashion. A miasma of chaotic, creative, spirit-led people pursued all sorts of outlets. Super 8 cameras were readily accessible and were picked up to create commentaries that paid no heed to established film standards. Pirate shooting was the norm, sets were accessible rooms and spaces, actors were often anyone free at that moment, and lighting was anything you could manage. These films formed what would become the No Wave movement. They were an inspiration to numerous filmmakers to just pick up a camera and start. Forget Hollywood formulas—just go for your vision and damn the consequences. Liquid Sky is one of the success stories from the No Wave movement. Made on a shoestring of $500,000, it would garner a slew of prizes at film festivals while achieving a gross profit of $1,700,000 worldwide. It became the most successful independent movie of 1983. Liquid Sky is a cautionary tale suggesting people are cattle. Whether it’s society, fashion, music, relationship, sex, or aliens, everything is just a rope around their necks guiding them to the slaughterhouse. Liquid Sky looks trashy with all of the esthetic of a Nagel print left forgotten in a fraternity's garage. Yet somehow, its dated kitschy look only enhances the atmosphere and the spirit in which it was made.
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