In the year 2047, sex is forbidden and Big Brother uses robots to keep on eye on everyone. One young girl tries to outwit the government so she can be with the man she loves.Anonymous, IMDB
Cinderella 2000 is a 1977 film directed by Al Adamson, an American filmmaker and director who is best known for his B-movie horror and exploitation films of the 60s and 70s. Other Al Adamson titles include Psycho a Go Go, Doctor Dracula, and Death Dimension. The 1981 Canadian video release of Cinderella 2000 was copied from a video master originally intended for hotel use. As a result, 6 minutes into the movie the viewer is given instructions on how to purchase the remainder of the movie (Which will then be charged to their hotel room).
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below…)
Oh man, what a dangerous road I’ve started to wander down. One of the ways I find new Princess movies is just by searching up the names of famous fairytales and seeing what pops up. So as you might expect, this version of Cinderella has been appearing in my movie searches for a while now. I’ve always steered clear of it because of the Sexploitation angle… that just seems like a weird thing to show to friends at a movie night. But eventually curiosity got the better of me and I had to know whether or not this film would be a worthy entrant to a Bad Princess Movie Night. Maybe it wouldn’t be as raunchy as I feared?
And well, it is pretty raunchy, but it’s also kinda laughably dumb. Basically the entire plot is written in a way that tries to justify all the attempts at titillation, which is somewhat balanced out by how cheap and cheesy the film is. This film has some full-on sex scenes in it, so you need to be prepared for that, but in-between those sex scenes is an incredible amount of 70s era cheese that is sorta mesmerizing to witness.
Everyone in this film wants sex, but no one is allowed to get it. As a result you have everyone from the evil stepsisters to a talking robot singing about how they really wish they could get a little action. So not only do we get to see these incredibly cheesy song and dance numbers, we also get some rather inspired fashion choices for the characters. You gotta love when people in the 70s give us their best take on what people will be wearing in the distant future.
Honestly I wish there was an edit of this one to remove the sex scenes so that it could be shown to more people. This isn’t the type of film to spring on your viewing group obviously, so please make sure that everyone is fully prepared and comfortable to watch a film like this before pressing play.
That about sums up my recommendation for this one. It’s an interesting look into a very specific genre of film with a lot of weird choices that’ll bring the laughs, but once again: Do not spring this one onto unsuspecting viewers!