If you've never seen The Perils of Gwendoline In The Land Of The Yik Yak, then allow me to enlighten you about this glorious moment in the history of exploitation cinema.

This soft-core mindbender from the mid-1980s was directed by none other than Just Jaeckin, the French filmmaker who brought the classic flesh flick Emmanuel to the world in 1974. Apparently he wanted to try his hand at science fiction, and the result is this bizarre tale of Gwendoline's search for the elusive, unnamed butterfly her dead father once sought. It begins as a sort of Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure, with Gwendoline wandering around in various "savage" countries (?), meeting rapscallions and her plucky pal Beth while being yelled at in untranslated Chinese by random people.

At last she and Beth find a guy named Willard to take them to the forbidding Land of the Yik Yak, where the butterfly is rumored to be. Unfortunately, nobody has ever survived the journey there, and in these clips you find out why! It turns out the Yik Yak are a female-dominated society of warriors who live in a vast underground city. For some reason, every part of the city is full of giant steampunky gears and other industrial objects that happen to have mostly-naked women in them. Why are there strange steamy machines with women popping in and out of them?

Luckily Gwendoline is able to cross-dress Willard as a woman (complete with fetching g-string), as you can see in the top clip. Then she stages a dramatic rescue of Beth from another inexplicable region full of water fetish scenes. Did Just Jaeckin travel through time and film this at Kink.com? I'm starting to wonder.

Anyway, everything ends happily, but not without more bared flesh and sex-hungry ladies attacking the lone man in their midst. This is a must-see, and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Gwendoline via IMDB

Thanks, Gregor and Lorena!