Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
The Bunny Perspective!
Hosted by: Phil Buni
Media reviews and analysis by a pot smoking, puppet bunny. Do you like weird-but-great underground films? Hate Glee, Gigli, and other Hollywood garbage? The Bunny Perspective offers a blend of humorously angry negative reviews, and honest praise of underground movies and TV. We talk about films, TV, anime, and animation. We are the Cult of the Bunny, and you too can be a Cultist. #CultoftheBunny
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Cheap-Arse Film Review
Hosted by: Liam Barrett
It's the Cheap-Arse Film Review, where a young(ish) man finds out if it's possible to live the life of a cinephile super-nerd on the strictest budget possible. Inspired by growing up in the wilds of Essex, England (that's only partially a joke, by the way) and the current harsh economic times, Liam only reviews DVD that can be purchased for £1.00p or less!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The DVD Shelf
Hosted by: David Rose
Life is short, so skip the bad movies and let your host David Rose reveal, review, and recommend the ones you should have on your own DVD shelf. The DVD Shelf is a film-lover's safe haven to bask in the warm glow of cult favorites, over-looked cinematic gems, rediscovered classics, and downright fun flicks on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Solkir
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
Joshua the Anarchist
Hosted by: Joshua Bell
Charged with the crime of liking Batman & Robin, Joshua the Anarchist has been declared insane and committed to Arkham Asylum. Locked away in a padded cell, he'll endure movie after movie as doctors attempt to "treat" him. He may not have gone in a madman, but he soon will be.
Minority Report Reviews
Hosted by: Tom Marriott
Minority Report Reviews is where often slated or just plain forgotten films and TV shows come for an ego boost. Focusing primarily on unloved sequels, your host Tom Marriott takes questions from the general public to showcase the positives in these films. Love it or hate it, this is the show where you can have your say and see a guilty pleasure defended by the host with the most... strange tastes.
Movie Dorkness
Hosted by: Sofie Liv
It's the show formerly known as Red Suitcase Adventues! Join Sofie Liv, a nice Dane (who may not be as negative as everyone else!) as she dissects pop culture phenomena to explore both the good and bad in popular films.
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Mystery Madness
Hosted by: Full of Questions
Mysteries are awesome! And who's better suited to examine the wonderful, the terrible, and the adequate of the movie mystery genre than a teenager with nerdy glasses and substandard editing software? ...Many people, probably, but enjoy the show anyway!
PGSM Summaries
Hosted by: Nycea
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (PGSM for short) is a hilarious live-action retelling of the Sailor Moon story. On this show, your host Nycea summarizes and riffs on this gloriously bad series—one episode at a time.
The Porn Critic
Hosted by: Porn Critic
Comedy reviews of the worst and most bizarre adult films available, by a character called the Porn Critic, who tends to focus on the acting bits rather than the actual sex! Who knew continuity errors and bad dialogue could lead to chronic flaccidity?
Reel vs. Reel
Hosted by: Animated Heroine
Animation isn't just for kids; it's also for adults who never learned how to grow up. In Reel vs. Reel, the Animated Heroine looks at two similar animated films to see which one comes out on top and why. Her love for good animated films is only matched by her cynicism towards the bad ones.
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
the agony booth

Toomorrow
1970
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010.
Toomorrow (1970)
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
The Cast of Characters:
Olivia (Olivia Newton-John). Pretty Britaustralianish singer. Acts as mother hen to the band, smoothing over all their problems, and even resorting to petty theft in the greater interests of love. Oh, and she’s a girl, but don’t hold that against her, okay?
Benny (Benny Thomas). Handsome American singer/guitarist. Will sleep with anything in a short skirt, up to and including aliens dolled up to look like go-go dancers. Dreams of one day having three women rub suntan lotion on him.
Vic (Vic Cooper). Pent-up British keyboard player. His homemade synthesizer’s wild beat may contain the key to universal happiness. Unfortunately, his girlfriend only likes classical music. Bummer!
Karl (Karl Chambers). Groovy American drummer. Hey man, this is one groovy cat. Can you dig it?
Suzanne Gillmore (Tracey Crisp). Music professor and Benny’s latest fling. The only character in the movie with even half a brain. She still gets demerits, though, for the whole Benny thing.
John Williams (Roy Dotrice). Alien observer on Earth. His race has suddenly discovered they have to start listening to bad ‘70s pop music or they’ll all die. His reaction is the same as Jack Benny’s: “I’m thinking!”
The article continues after this advertisement...

Medieval philosophers debated the existence of the chimera, a lion with a goat’s head growing out its back. Jason embarked on a far-flung adventure to recover the fleece of a flying ram with golden wool. (Did you ever wonder how warm golden wool would be? Because I’m thinking “not very.”) King Arthur himself sought to track down the legendary Holy Grail, only to be taunted by French persons and, in the end, arrested by the constabulary.

But here and now I am prepared to reveal to you a creature more unlikely, more fantastic than all of these. I give you Toomorrow: an Olivia Newton-John movie that is actually even dumber than Xanadu.

I’ll give you a moment to ponder the unlikeliness of such a miracle. It would be as if in some distant future, yee-haw ‘70s truckerdom was known only from the horror that was B.J. and the Bear, until a group of ill-starred archeologists on a dig in New Jersey had the misfortune to uncover sealed canisters that contained something even worse.

Toomorrow is deeply unknown. Rotten Tomatoes has never heard of it. Wikipedia essentially says, “Yep, it exists.” A Google search for Toomorrow causes Google to sniff, “You don’t know what you’re doing, I’m giving you results for tomorrow.” If you search for Toomorrow on Amazon, the first hit is the self-titled debut album from the psychedelic rock band Tomorrow (about which Wikipedia helpfully advises, “Not to be confused with Toomorrow, a band fronted by Olivia Newton-John”). The second hit is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grammar and Style, 2nd Edition.

Apparently there’s a reason for the film’s obscurity, apart from the fact that anyone who sits through it dies of cerebral hemorrhage and so does not live to tell the tale. The story goes like this: Waifish, soft-spoken teenage singer Olivia Newton-John was stuck in England after winning a trip there on an Australian talent show. At some point she caught the eye of Don Kirshner, the record producer who in the preceding five years had already manufactured the Monkees and the Archies and was looking to create another new, pliable prefab phenomenon. He assembled a group made up of young, inexperienced twentysomethings who seemed like they’d look hip and trendy on stage: Newton-John, English keyboardist Vic Cooper, American singer Ben Thomas, and Welsh drummer Chris Slade.

Slade—who had been touring with Tom Jones, and I leave it as an exercise for the reader whether joining a band fronted by Olivia Newton-John constituted a step up from that—quickly realized the project was bollocks and quit, later ending up beating skins for Tom Paxton, Manfred Mann, AC/DC, and Asia. Well, sure, that’s the natural progression for drummers.


Toomorrow, circa five minutes before this movie was made: Olivia Newton-John (she’s the one on top), Benny Thomas, Chris Slade, and Vic Cooper.

Slade was replaced by American drummer Karl Chambers just in time to make this movie. According to this fansite article (a fansite for Olivia, not the movie), the four members of the band got paid enough to be happy, but Kirshner cut corners everywhere else. In particular, Newton-John’s then-boyfriend, guitarist Bruce Welch, blamed Kirshner for undermining the movie by hiring unknown songwriters who then produced forgettable songs. Because honestly, if you’re putting together a movie musical that’s supposed to be a vehicle for your pop band, the area you really want to skimp on is the music.

The movie’s score composer, Hugo Montenegro, was not a total unknown at the time: in fact he’d already accomplished what he’s still most famous for, the theme from I Dream of Jeannie. But Welch meant the songwriters, Mark Barkan and Ritchie Adams, who had already been laboring in the Kirshner stable writing album filler for the Archies and the like. They did manage to pen one (1) memorable song in their career: the infamous “Tra-La-La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)” for the Banana Splits. There have been months of my life where that song was lodged in my head, so thank you very much, Mark Barkan and Ritchie Adams.

To write and direct this gem, Kirshner brought in Hammer horror specialist Val Guest, who is now a Repeat Offender thanks to his part in creating that most Frankienstein’s-monsteresque of films, Casino Royale (1967). The same year he made Toomorrow, Guest made When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970), in which bouncy-bosomed British starlets fled from prehistoric stop-motion lizards. Guest, I think, made so many movies and survived so long in the industry because he delivered exactly what his producers asked for. You say you want a movie that doesn’t have to make sense, because what really matters is the songs? Except the songs are going to suck too? Whatever you say, Mr. Kirshner!

You know how Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is this really insane, nonsensical, and totally brainless movie musical featuring great Beatles songs performed badly? Remove the words “great” and “Beatles” from the previous sentence, and you’re getting close to a description of this movie.


Toomorrow and the Svengalis. Don Kirshner, Benny Thomas, Olivia Newton-John, Karl Chambers, RCA Records president Norman Racusin, Vic Cooper, and Kirshner’s producing partner Harry Saltzman.

So Kirshner made this movie, realized it was awful, and put the kibosh on it, banishing it forever to the echoing void of films never to be seen on movie screens, television, or home video under any circumstances short of the arrival of space aliens who can only be destroyed by exposure to movies that the producers of Skidoo would have thought ludicrously vapid. Even in this day and age, when everything is on DVD, Toomorrow can be found only in the form of a really terrible Japanese bootleg, which Albert tracked down and thoughtfully sent to me. In retaliation, next Christmas I’m sending him the videotape of Jordon Davis’s bar mitzvah.

Here’s the description of the movie in Dutch, from the site MovieMeter.nl:

Een ras buitenaardse wezens ontdekt de muziek van Olivia (Newton-John) en haar popband Toomorrow. De aliens hebben genoeg van hun eigen computergegenereerde muziek en deze aardse band is de perfecte oplossing hiervoor. Zodoende besluiten de aliens de bandleden van Toomorrow te ontvoeren om ze een paar nummers op te laten nemen.

I would provide an English version, but honestly it won’t make any more sense.

Okay, fine:

A race aliens discovered the music of by means of (Newton-John) and its headstock link Toomorrow. Aliens of their its own enough computer-generated have music and this earthly link are the perfect solution for this. Thereby the aliens decide kidnap the link members of Toomorrow to launch numbers them a couple to take.

See? I told you. What’s truly awesome about this is discovering that olivia is Dutch for “by means of.” That’s brilliant. How did Obama fix the economy? Olivia the stimulus package! How did the Wizards win the game last night? Olivia the three-pointer! Why does Toomorrow suck? Olivia Newton-John! Okay, okay, that was a cheap shot. But I know you were thinking it. And it’s here I think I’ll point out that Olivia Newton-John, thanks to the aforementioned Xanadu, which looks like it belongs on the AFI Top 100 Films List compared to Toomorrow, is now another Repeat Offender from this movie.

Actually, Olivia is far from carrying the blame for what went wrong here. She’s pleasant and winsome, and registers as a character as much as the script allows. She’s clearly trying hard to make it all work, and so are the others. The acting in this movie in general is not the problem. Ultimately, when you set out to make a movie about aliens who need the music of a pop band no one’s ever heard of to save their civilization, whose fault is it when that’s exactly what you get?

Latest Comments

Popular Right Now

Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Full of Questions
 
Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Joshua Bell
 
Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Sursum Ursa
 
Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Chelsey McQuitty
 
 
Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Dr. Winston O'Boogie
 
Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Cecil Trachenburg
 
 
Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Michael A. Novelli
 
 
 
Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Fear Fan
 
Posted Oct 13, 2014 by Cecil Trachenburg
 
Posted Oct 7, 2014 by Thomas Stockel
 
 
Posted Oct 19, 2014 by Joey Tedesco
 
Posted Oct 20, 2014 by Film Renegado
Sitemap
About the Site:
Archives:
Other Content:
Series Pages:
Feeds (RSS):
Video Shows:
Support the Site:
On Other Sites:
Top #tags:
Our Partners:

All articles posted to the agony booth are the sole property of the author(s). Please do not copy/reproduce entire articles without permission. Screencaps from movies and TV shows are used for non-profit, fair use purposes of parody and commentary. Star Trek and all related images and trademarks are the property of CBS Studios, Inc.

Reviewer icon artwork provided by Tai Porto, Aaron “McKnackus” Rivera, and Magdalen O’Reilly.