Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark NR

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In this drama from 1968, Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) stars as a young actress who attempts to make her Hollywood debut, but instead, falls into the seedy underworld of stripping, where she's exploited by unsavory producers.

Starring:
Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson
Runtime:
1 hour, 19 minutes

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Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson
Starring Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson
Supporting actors Kevin Murphy, Mike Dodge, Beth McKeever
Studio Shout Factory
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Customer Reviews

This one is very funny and enjoyable.
Suedehead
We really do need Mike, Kevin and Bill to help us live through the whole thing and even they seem hard pressed to make comments.
Michael Valdivielso
If you're a fan, then you're probably familiar with MST3K's Hamlet.
Greg Frangipane

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on July 10, 2007
Format: DVD
After 11 years and 199 episodes, Mystery Science Theater 3000 officially closed their theater doors and ceased their disparaging commentary of disparage-worthy old films. But apparently, you can take the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 out of their title, but you can't take the... whatever, the MST3K guys (that's a hip acronym as all hip things need these days) are back in a new setting: they are now called The Film Crew. Back to their old shenanigans, if bashing movies can be qualified as a shenanigan, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mike Nelson are ready to get down to business: the business of mocking movies.

Their first release is Hollywood After Dark, a poorly made 1968 black and white film about a depressed loner who gets roped into assisting some strip-club owning gangsters with a seaside robbery. In the meantime, he also falls for a "stripper with a heart of gold", who just happens to be a younger Rue McClannahan from TV's Golden Girls. Clearly, there's plenty of joke fodder here, and the guys make ample use of it.

Starting with an introduction to the basic premise of the film crew, the guys describe themselves not as moochers of old films, but as "value added resellers increasing profits for people who aren't us." Their task, assigned to them by their boss, Bob Honcho, who calls them and talks to them over speakerphone, is to provide a commentary track for every film in Hollywood that doesn't currently have one. Their first task, sent to them in a package marked "URGENT" is Hollywood After Dark. The guys pop it in and the fun begins.

The film is desperately bad, obviously a clunker even 40 years ago when it was made.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Horror-Fanatics.com on July 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Remember the TV show Mystery Science Theatre 3000? I do, I love that show. Seeing a man and two of his robot pals doing commentary on the worst movies made it a wonderful experience. Although I missed its run on Comedy Central, I did watch it a lot when it aired on the Sci-Fi channel. Normally I wouldn't waste my time with old low budget science fiction films; But when the Mystery Science Theatre crew provide the commentary, I can't resist. I stay glued to the TV listening and laughing at all the jokes. Thanks to Shout! Factory, us MST3K fans can rejoice and laugh some more. Three of the brilliantly cracked minds behind the Peabody Award-winning comedy program have reunited for The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark, a DVD-only series that provides a similar skewering to some uproariously bad B-movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett join together once again to bring us excellent commentary. The Film Crew are three affable guys who've been hired by a jovial yet clueless billionaire to provide commentary tracks for atrocious films.

They're job is to provide commentary for old movies that don't have a commentary track already. Of course, they have to be really bad movies. This new DVD is definitely worth watching, because it's really funny. To our amazement, the Crew's "commentary" is more cutting than informative (surprising isn't it?). The Film Crew's first target is a miserable 1968 slice of sexploitation starring a youthful Rue (The Golden Girls) McClanahan (quite atrocious). The Film is called Hollywood After Dark (aka Walk the Angry Beach), and man is it a terrible film. It's one that I actually recommend staying away from.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on March 26, 2008
Format: DVD
I haven't been keeping up with what Mike Nelson and company have been concocting over at their RiffTrax project, so these Film Crew DVDs are my first exposure to the televisual movie mocking that some of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni have been up to. For anyone who doesn't know (though I doubt anyone is on a purchase page for a Film Crew DVD without any knowledge of this), MST3k ran for years on basic cable as a guy and his two robot friends who were trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch the worst movies ever made. Their only hope of remaining sane was to make as many jokes as possible.

The premise of the Film Crew is slightly different, although the end result is the same. Three guys (Mike Nelson, who played Mike Nelson on MST3k; Kevin Murphy who voiced Tom Servo; and Bill Corbett who voiced Crow T. Robot) work at a DVD-authoring factory. Their boss, Bob Honcho, wants DVD commentaries on every disc he releases and so forces his three employees to record a voice-track over the on-screen action. Unlike the traditional DVD commentary, the annotations provided by The Film Crew consist not of insightful behind-the-scenes information, but rather sarcastic comments, hilarious jokes and mocking observations.

The first movie in The Film Crew series is a 1968 flick called HOLLYWOOD AFTER DARK which stars a stripping Rue McClanahan. Yes, you read that correctly: Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls plays a stripper.

Yikes. And you wondered if MST3k had already found all the really bad films.

The movie features quite a lot of the stripping that goes on at Rue McClanahan's strip joint. The other portion of the plot involves a weedy guy (Rue McClanahan's love interest) getting involved in some sort of heist.
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