Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975) poster

Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975)


USA. 1975.


Director/Producer – William A. Levey, Screenplay – Shomo Weinstein, Photography – David Platnik, Music – Miles Goodman & David White, Art Direction – Anthony Dinsberg. Production Company – Boxoffice International Pictures.


Samual Mann & Jay Rasumny (Spacemen), David Dover (Rapist), Anna Gaybis (Billie Jo), Robert George (Harnell), April Grant (Jane), Aniza Guzman (Belly Dancer), Pepi La Rue (Marvin), Tina La Wise (Shirley), Ray Miles (Sheik), Bo Tackman (Mark), Jerry Wander (Oliver), Talie Wright (Rhonda), Zelda (Gloria)


Two aliens are despatched from their dying planet to find some women to breed with in order to perpetuate the species. The aliens land in Los Angeles. They watch various people engaged in sexual activity through the viewscreen of their ship. The aliens then use their teleport beam to whisk the women aboard the UFO in mid-sex where they stimulate them with the penises that come out of their mouths.

The 1970s was the golden age of the porn film, which arrived with the massive success of Deep Throat (1972) and was quickly followed by a host of other films. It was not long into this that genre material started to offer up pornographic takes on Dracula and Frankenstein, along with assorted encounters with aliens as here and in the likes of Spermula (1976) and Outer Touch (1978). (See Erotica and Pornography in Fantastic Cinema for a more detailed listing).

Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman certainly gets full marks for its title – a spoof on the phrase “Wham bam, thank you ma’am” meaning someone who likes quick and easy sex with no interest in the woman’s pleasure. (The phrase was apparently coined by Billie Holiday and then used as the title of a song Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma’am! (1951) by Dean Martin). On the other hand, that is the most interesting part about the film and the rest is a dreary shapeless mess.

The film is shot in a way where all the assorted humping simply looks like someone has pointed a camera at two parties in naked embrace while entirely failing to realise that portraying such requires creating any eroticism. Into the bargain, while watching what is billed as the uncut version, it becomes apparent that someone has gone and cut in hardcore penetration scenes – closeups of penises in vaginas and mouths – although we see only bodies and no faces where it is clear that the people humping are not the same ones in the rest of the scenes. The final scene also has the unappealing notion of a rape scene being portrayed as erotica.

The aliens visit Los Angeles Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975)
The aliens (wearing their silver lamé hot pants) visit Los Angeles

It proves painful watching. The two spacemen are dubbed over by voices that seem far too knowing of matters of Earth culture and colloquialisms. The aliens are short actors wearing silver lamé hot pants and grey alien masks – their penises emerge out of their masks looking like long tongues. They sit and watch couples in the midst of sex on their monitor. They then abduct various women and teleport them aboard the UFO while teasing them with these tongue penises, something that serves to turn the women into a highly aroused state before the women are then teleported back from where they came. The entire film consists of a series of such scenes where women are abducted in mid-sex. There is no real plot beyond scenes where such happens.

Director William A. Levey had previously made the Blaxploitation film Blackenstein (1973) and went on to make The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977), the horror film Hellgate (1989) and the asylum horror Committed (1991).

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