Reception

Director Nikos Nikolaidis said the following about this film’s reception during an interview: “When I was shooting Singapore Sling, I was under the impression that I was making a comedy with elements taken from Ancient Greek Tragedy… Later, when some European and American critics characterized it as ‘one of the most disturbing films of all times,’ I started to feel that something was wrong with me. Then, when British censors banned its release in England, I finally realized that something is wrong with all of us.”

The Icelandic neo-psychedelia band Singapore Sling is named after the film. As the band’s frontman Henrik Björnsson explained in a June 2003 interview with Belgium’s VRT Radio 1: “We had a first gig. It was booked and we didn’t have a name and I had been looking for a film called Singapore Sling for a long time. I couldn’t find it anywhere. It sounded cool, so that became the name of the band. It’s some kind of dark, perverse Greek film from 1990. I haven’t found it yet, so if you know someone who has it, please let me know. I hope it’s good. A dark perverse noir film and a guy who has sex with a corpse. And he’s called Singapore Sling.”

In November 2005, after the completion of his last film The Zero Years, a tale of perversion and sexual dominance which failed to replicate the earlier success of Singapore Sling, Nikolaidis declared his intention to stop making movies in order to deal with music.

On 13 November 2012, The Projection Booth, a weekly podcast discussing films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis hosted by critics Mike White and Rob St. Mary, dedicated an episode to Singapore Sling featuring as a guest Professor Vrasidas Karalis, an expert on Greek cinema and the author of A History of Greek Cinema, as well as a professional dominatrix who goes by the pseudonym of »Fräulein von B.« as a guest co-host.