The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (2007)
See! Depressing junkyard owners! See! Dopey looking middle aged hipster hoods! See! Sleazy producers! All this, plus Rue McClanahan stripping!
Thank god Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are here to lead us through this thing.
After Mystery Science Theater 3000 went kaput, three of the minds behind the show got together again for a little project titled The Film Crew. Albert has gone over the history of the project in depth in the first Film Crew article, so let’s just get down to business, shall we?
Our feature today is a dreary little turd nugget of exploitation from 1968 called Hollywood After Dark, which was originally titled Walk the Angry Beach, and re-cut for the version we see here. The uncut and apparently slightly more coherent version is available from Something Weird Video, if you’re feeling especially masochistic.
Like most films about show business, Hollywood After Dark explores the seamy underbelly of the entertainment industry. And like most films about show business that deal with the seamy underbelly of the entertainment industry, it’s a wretched piece of dreck not fit for consumption by sane and rational folks.
Just think Showgirls, only with an even bleaker view of the human condition and less attractive strippers. On the plus side, Joe Eszterhas is nowhere to be found, though I’d be shocked if he didn’t screen this while writing Showgirls or… Well, every one of his scripts, come to think of it.