The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark
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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbettthree of the brilliantly insane minds behind the cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000finally reunite to unleash their warped sense of humor on the cinema of yesteryear as The Film Crew. Charged with the task of giving all movies their own commentary tracks, the Film Crew valiantly steps forward to tackle the best of the worst, starting with Hollywood After Dark.Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) stars in this drama from 1968 as a young actress attempting to make her Hollywood debut, who falls into the seedy underworld of stripping when shes exploited by her unsavory producers.
MiSTies rejoice! Three of the brilliantly cracked minds behind the Peabody Award-winning comedy program Mystery Science Theater 3000 have reunited for The Film Crew, a DVD-only series that provides a similar skewering to some uproariously bad B-movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (the voice of MST3K's Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (who replaced Trace Beaulieu as Crow T. Robot) are the Film Crew--three affable guys who've been hired by a jovial yet clueless billionaire to provide "commentary" for atrocious films. Of course, the Crew's "commentary" is more cutting than informative, and for the most part, the guys' jabs are as smart and pop culture-savvy as the ones on MST3K, and it certainly helps that their target, a miserable 1968 slice of sexploitation starring a youthful Rue (The Golden Girls) McClanahan, is nothing short of atrocious. Parents should probably note that the gags are a little more "adult" than the ones on MST3K, but for the most part, this is harmless-- if hilarious--stuff. The disc's sole extra is an amusing poem by Corbett which extolls the virtues of lunch in verse. --Paul Gaita
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The film itself is a black and white drama starring Rue McClanahan as a stripper trying to make it in Hollywood. Much of the movie is filmed in a junkyard, which is (unbelievably) more interesting than the stripping. As far as the stripping goes, it is fairly tame and no critical areas are exposed (mercifully). The best word to describe the onstage action, actually, is "boring," a trend that continues through the offstage action as well. The movie is so bad that I don't think anyone could care about any of the characters, and has one of the lamest endings in cinema history. You might think that a movie filled with underwater demolition experts, robberies, stripping, and underworld characters would be involving, but incredibly, the most interesting scene in the film involves a customer haggling about the price of a used auto part at the junkyard.
The host segments are amusing, though not as consistently entertaining as those from MST3K, but this film and the ones that follow give all fans of the late lamented show a reason to rejoice.
The Film Crew, that short-lived link between MST3K and RiffTrax, get in some good riffs, but the comedy skits garnishing the film are, let's face it, painful to sit through. RiffTrax had the right idea: dispense with 'em entirely and play to the trio's strengths: mocking bad movies.
They did four of these, and they're all great. If you liked MST (especially the Mike years) I can't imagine you wouldn't love these. Highly recommended.
Hollywood after veary dark I would say hahahahahahahahah ... Ok now for the serious side
This one reminds us of the late movie stuf from sixthes era .. Like the blob .. Creatcher from the black lagune
But with half naked girls .. CooL cooL ....Veary little plot . The boys rilly Tare this one up . Lots of laughs ..
Grate riffing .. Another one that makes one feel like you are watching old old m s t .. Ie the Joel time ... Wow I miss the old ones the most ... Thank u Joel for all the first years you rock ...
Christopher and myself would love to find more episodes .. If u can help find more let us know thanks
The film crew rocks .... Have fun everybody as always thank u for your time Shawn g