Pandora Peaks Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens,
21 years after his last feature, Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, cult director Russ Meyer returns with his swan song: Pandora Peaks. It would be the last movie he would direct as Meyer passed away three years after its release. One can only speculate why he came out of retirement but it’s possible that the fact that his career ended somewhat without closure for him might have had something to do with it. At the end of “Beneath” a never released movie was announced and it’s well known Meyer was working on “The Breast Of Russ Meyer” throughout the 80s, also movie that has yet to see the light of day, but probably never will.
And when you’re in your late 70s, having a young naked voluptuous woman in front of your camera might also have something to do with it.
That woman is the titular Pandora Peaks and she was granted with a triple-H cup by her plastic surgeon. A wise investment as it’s the main reason for her popularity at the time. Surprisingly Peaks isn’t the sole subject of the movie as she has to share screen time with a Hungarian model named Tundi who is in possession of an au naturel set of breasts that can rival Pandora’s. Also heavily featured is Russ Meyer himself, making this kind of a weird movie. Who ever went to see a Russ Meyer movie, to actually see Russ Meyer?
Meyer has claimed on multiple times his least favorite movie was Mondo Topless. It was a movie he made after his black and white “roughies” didn’t generate the box-office returns they needed to. Mondo Topless featured a number of young, mostly voluptuous women dancing to music in outdoor locations. There was no plot, just these women dancing and sharing random tidbits about their every day life. It was shot in 5 days and only produced to make a quick buck to cover for the losses on the previous movies. Because Meyer dislikes Mondo Topless so much it’s a mystery why he chose to use the same set-up for this movie. Pandora Peaks is nothing more than 70 minutes of Pandora dancing and stripping at several in- and outdoor locations while she tells us her life story. Her segments are intercut with those of Tundi, which were obviously shot in the 80s, and narrated by Ushi Digard pretending to be her. But Digard, 53 at the time of the movie’s release, sounds much too old to pass off as young woman in her early twenties. But she does get the thick German accent right.
There is also some sort of Russ Meyer travelogue going on as he himself brings up stories about the war, has made some new shots on location in Germany where he visits old war buddies and tells us all about the history of the city of Palm Desert.