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The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell

2.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Visions of who will rule in a post-apocalyptic United States clash wildly between competing bands of survivors. This clever and dark satire is an insightful meditation on the nature of power, corruption, and flesh-eating women. Jane Seymour (Dancing with the Stars, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) sets the stage as Daniel Baldwin (Paparazzi), and Kevin Wheatley (Red Velvet, Dirt) head up a young, sexy cast.

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" A visual stunner...Quentin Tarrantino meets Mad Max. Everything independent filmmakiong should be...daring, sprawling, and unafraid to pull out all the stops." --Scott Bowles, USA Today

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  • Actors: Daniel Baldwin, Richard Riehle, Jane Seymour, Chandler Adrian Parker, Tony Hale
  • Directors: Kevin Wheatley, Jonny Gillette
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013PVGOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell" on IMDb

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This is a goofy post-apocalyptic roller-coaster ride! Low budget; a mish-mash nod towards the most well-known cliches of the genre, it nonetheless manages a fresh approach. Yes, it is somewhat disjointed, with some head-scratching moments, but this kind of film isn't meant to be taken seriously at all (National Lampoon after all), and it's hard to tell if these rough edges are deliberate,\; due to budget constraints; or simply creative minds run amok. The film would have been best served if they'd taken some of the most innovative moments--such as the seemingly random interjections of animation, and simply ran with it. Rather than the few insertions contained in the film, it would have felt more deliberate--whether it was due to budget constraints or not to just go with it and use animation every time there was a dust up. There were some admittedly few laugh out loud moments, but they were there, and it did manage to remain interesting 'til the end. Your level of amusement depends on your own tastes. If you like slap-stick with a liberal splash of fake blood, you'll like this. The acting was decent, not bad, not overdone--and the movie was entertaining overall. Definitely a NEW approach to the whole idea of a new United States of America rising from the ashes, which makes it a cut above other low-budget films of this type.
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Beach Party At The Threshold Of Hell is a surreal post-apocalyptic comedy that is now lodged in my brain. I first saw this movie a couple of years ago and had an idea I was going to see the same ho hum end of the world scenario covered by so many other films (but maybe with a few laughs). Instead I got a movie that does contain many familiar doomsday elements, but assembled in such a unique way that taken as a whole, everything became fresh and original. Like many of the 1 star reviewers here I felt the first 15 minutes or so were slow and confusing. Unlike them though I feel I could not fairly review a film I had not watched. So I stuck it out, and discovered an amazing and subtly funny new world order Heck this movie deserves 4 stars for totally avoiding the tired cliches of fighting over gasoline or water. I give it its fifth star for starting the story at the end of a 3,000 mile journey by foot. A walk we heard about briefly but were not forced to watch each agonizing step of. Take that Peter Jackson.
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This off-t-misunderstood comedic gem just will not appeal to a much younger generation, since so many are hooked on devices which tell them when to think. Sad. But if you have some of the NL=s history to work with, then I'd say this film is worth a look. In a world of future time, after the BIG ONE hits, a new america is born. Horrendous amount of fake blood, some flavored with a few body parts, happily eaten by a female cannibal; this film has all the makings of despair. Until the sarcastic and occasionally off-putting "wounds and injuries", power struggle for kingship of new america begins. The rest, you will have to take my word that as this film trots along, some of the antics and well played humorous, even choreographed scenes do not disappoint. Remember, it's a spoofy, silly mess which you can feel good about laughing with. Just when you think you've figured it all out, another scene, actor or line pops up and you have to start all over. Don't overthink it.
**One Caution: Please don't allow any age children to watch this film, then write a review slamming everyone in it as demonic.
IF your kids watch it, even though you were warned out of kindness to and for YOU, the responsibility is yours, not flyx's. NOT

Producers, film crew, actors- NO! It rests squarely upon your parental shoulders. **

This is similar to the old "Airplane" films, just not for smalls. (kids).

It's really, truly, just for fun. You weren't doing anything, anyway. :)
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It appears as if National Lampoon attempted to create a cult classic by using some standard formula. However, it is the viewers who give cult status, not the makers of the film.

20 years after American is destroyed by bombs, people emerge from their shelters. While they were in their shelters they listened to the radio broadcast of one man who proclaimed himself king and his nephew (who is blind) to be his heir. A man named Tex Kennedy (Kevin Wheatley) along with 2 androids (Paul Whitty, Chandler Parker) with no real special effects seek out the nephew, Benjamin (Bill English) to fulfill the prophecy.

Meanwhile the lunatic son of the broadcaster with his small band of idiots seek Benjamin to kill him. Along their travels, Tex encounters "Cannibal Sue" whose Christian name is Cannibal Susan (Jamie Bullock) who they take with them, in a cage. The characters all come together at a beach party in Pensacola run by Satan, hence the title of the film.

There is blood, killing, language, and very brief nudity. New characters are introduced into the movie as it moves along by use of either flashbacks or a futuristic story teller (Richard Riehle) imitating Masterpiece Theater. At times I thought it was going to be a parody of Hamlet, then a satire of the 1960's, then simply a bad movie. It is not laugh out loud funny, but may make you smile.

I would recommend seeing "A Boy and His Dog" before watching this movie.
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