As Evan announced yesterday, BAD has decided to honor the coming of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer with a week's worth of post-apocalyptic themed movie trailers. When the time came for the BAD staff to choose trailers, you better believe I laid an immediate claim to L.Q. Jones' A Boy And His Dog (1976). There was no other choice. A Boy And His Dog is, simply put, fucking bananas.
Just watch that trailer up top, which looks like something A Clockwork Orange's Alex DeLarge might watch while powering down after a long night spent kicking hobos to death under a bridge. Come to think of it, that's a pretty apt description for the film itself, as well.
A Boy And His Dog tells the story of Vic (Don Johnson, less than a decade away from revolutionizing the white blazer industry in Miami Vice), an 18-year-old scavenger working his way across a post-apocalyptic United States in search of food, water and potential lady-friends. He is accompanied by Blood, a telepathic dog played by a Bearded Collie named Tiger (the same Tiger, it's worth noting, who achieved fame on The Brady Bunch several years prior). The pair bicker like a married couple, dodge the attacks of mutants and fellow scavengers, and eventually run afoul of an underground society known as "Downunder." This society harvests sperm from males in order to keep their population growing, which turns out to be both good and bad news for Vic. Mostly bad.
There's a lot to unpack here, from the fact that the film is based on a novella of the same name by Harlan Ellison (who tried and failed to adapt the material himself) to the involvement of The Doors' Ray Manzarek (who assisted in the scoring of the film) to the alternate titles the film was released under (Psycho Boy And His Killer Dog, Apocalypse 2024), and that's just behind-the-scenes stuff. On-screen, the film is just as weird as you'd expect it to be, particularly when the action moves Vic into the subterranean vault where "Downunder" is located: the society of sperm-harvesters Vic encounters "Downunder" are a grotesque parody of '50s Americana (fans of Fallout 3 may experience Tranquility Lane flashbacks during this portion of the film).
I'd like to break the film down a bit more, but recapping the plot in greater detail would only be a disservice to those who haven't gotten around to seeing Jones' film. A Boy And His Dog can be picked up on Amazon (via the link below) for as low as $4, and I can't recommend that purchase enough. This movie is just as insane as the trailer above indicates, and is a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre.
Those with good taste are certain to enjoy it.