1976’s film, Hollywood Boulevard, is a spoof of the cheezy, low budget crapfest
movies of the 60’s and 70’s made by the king of Drive-In B-Movies, Roger Corman – and it is all fun.
This movie popped up on Netflix as a recommendation after watching a series of low budget flicks. I had less than 2 hours to watch a movie, and this was 82 minutes long, so it was a perfect fit – I loved it.
The premiise of the movie? A young want to be actress moves to Hollywood to become a star (Candice Rialson as Candy Wednesday). She eventually lands a role in a really low budget film as a stunt woman, which leads to a roll as an actress in a Filipino Exploitation film. One issue though: Some one is killing the actors on the sets of these movies, and everyone is trying to find out who. Much of this movie is compiled from scenes from past Roger Corman films (something he did many times), making it EVEN lower budget. Also, it stars Mary Woronov as Mary McQueen and Paul Bartel as Eric Von Leppe.
I’m going to cheat and paste in the Wilipedia description of this film – yeah, I am:
In a prologue, pompous film director Eric Von Leppe (Paul Bartel) is shooting a skydiving sequence for low-budget Miracle Pictures in which an actress is killed. Candy Wednesday (Candice Rialson) arrives in Los Angeles to make it as an actor. She gets an agent, Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), but struggles to find work until she inadvertently gets involved in a bank robbery as a getaway driver. This gets her a job for Miracle Pictures as a stunt driver. She meets Eric Von Leppe, temperamental starlet Mary McQueen (Mary Woronov), sleazy producer PG (Roger Doran) and friendly scriptwriter, Pat (Jeffrey Kramer). Candy and Pat fall in love and she starts to get work as an actor, becoming friends with fellow starlets Bobbi (Rita George) and Jill (Tara Strohmeier).
Everyone goes to the Philippines to make a movie, Machete Maidens of Mora Tau, starring Candy, Mary, Bobbi and Jill. Candy has to play a character who is raped which upsets her. Later on during the shoot, Jill, Bobbi and PG have a threesome. During the filming of a battle sequence, Jill is shot dead by an unseen attacker.
Back in the US, Candy, Walter and Pat all go to see Machete Maidens at a local drive in, where the projectionist tries to rape Candy but she is rescued by Walter. While shooting a chase scene in a science fiction film, Mary, Candy and Jill are almost killed in a car accident. Jill is called back to the studio late at night and is stabbed to death.
Candy begins to suspect Patrick is the killer. But it turns out the real culprit is Mary. She tries to kill Candy at the Hollywood Sign but it falls on her and crushes her to death. Candy is reunited with Pat and becomes a film star.
This is silly, stupid and so cheap.
I loved it.
Unable to find the trailer, here are a series of clips put to Beethoven:
If you haven’t watched Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (ATKT), and you are a reader of this blog, then you should stop reading now, watch the movie and then come back. I’ll wait here.
Okay, so now you’ve watched this movie, what do you think? Bad? Damn straight. Low budget? Oh hell yeah! Unwatchable? I wouldn’t necessarily say that.
So, 1978’s ATKT is a silly, low budget spoof on the low budget creature features that were being made willy-nilly in the 1970s. It seems like a exercise to see how lame a creature could be and still have people watch the film. I think they succeeded in this.
Basically, the story revolves around a group of scientists who have gathered together to try to come up with a defense against, aggressive, killer mutant tomatoes that have suddenly popped up, killing any human they come into contact with. A crack team is sent to look for chinks in the Tomato defenses – including a lieutenant who is dragging a parachute behind himself continuously (hell, he looks like he landed right out of World War II), And underwater expert who is continuously in a wet suit and a master of disguise who is anything but a master of disguise.
I’m not going to write a lot about this movie other than to say that despite it’s stupidity, and lameness, I liked this silly thing they called a movie. If you like bad movies, then this is a definite must watch… and it has the most awesome theme song.
Add this movie to your collection, folks.
Here is a trailer:
OK… When I was a kid growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada I remember this movie from the trailer on TV and the fact that everyone seemed to be talking about it. It seemed like this movie played forever at the local, Jasper Place Theatre. That said, this morning is the first time I’ve seen it – and it is a load of silly, Kung-Fu movie spoof fun.
Bruce is sent out, as a boy to go to the U.S of A. and find his mother who would take care of him (his Grandfather was dying when he instructed him to do so). We next see Bruce (not his real name, just what everyone calls him) working as a cook for a Mafia Boss in the U.S. The Mafia boss decides to use Bruce to deliver some cocaine to dealers in Chicago, letting Bruce believe that it`s his special Chinese flour (for use in noodles). They set him up with a driver/Mafioso to get him there and try to keep him out of prison and out of the hands of rivals. Along the way they run into various obstacles that Bruce gets them out of in silly, accidental ways.
I really don’t want to tell you the story, other than that. This is a very dumb movie, but with a load of charm. You can’t help but like Bruce, as he is a simple, dumb guy with a heavy dose of luck on his side. I say watch it if you like spook Kung-Fu movies. I do and I liked it.
Here is the trailer:
Uwe Boll is probably my least favourite movie maker, and yet I’ve just watched a watchable movie by him.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a good movie, but it is a funny movie. A scene for scene spoof of BloodRayne…ummm 3 according to Wikipedia. Made with the same cast and location and crew, I’m guessing Boll probably filmed them at that exact same time.
An obese dhampir (half human and half vampire), joins the resistance and takes on Hitler and his minions. Completely tasteless, and inappropriate, it managed to make me laugh in a few places.
Want to watch it? Then you should – it can be found in the cheap DVD bin of many department stores. Would I recommend it? No, because I refuse to recommend anything Uwe Boll makes until the World realizes that he needs to be stopped. That said, I was not bored and I laughed – more than I can say about many of the movies on this blog.
Here’s the trailer:
Watched the Monster Movie Spoof, Stan Helsing last night… and mostly wish I hadn’t.
I really enjoy a funny spoof at the best (and worst of times), and am very forgiving of bad movies (hence this blog), but this movie was for the most part boring. There were a few laughs, and really, I watch at least two movies a week that make this look like a masterpiece…but it was boring. Unoffensive, but boring. I can forgive a lot in a movie but please don’t bore me.
Mostly a cast of unknowns (to me, at least), Leslie Nielsen makes a cameo (as a woman…kind of), and I think starring a pair of big breasts and two nice butts (mostly the only thing that kept me awake enough to finish the movie), and some guy that looks weirdly a lot like a friend of mine, Miles as Stan Helsing – the reluctant Monster Slayer.
Only watch this if you have to watch all the spoof movies…
Check out the trailer below:
I watched the movie, Top Secret last night. This is a 1984 comedy that spoofs spy/war/60’s teeny-bopper movies that had me laughing from start to finish.
Starring a young Val Kilmer as Nick Rivers, an American heart throb musician on a cultural trip to East Germany. Along the way he gets mixed up with the French resistance (weird, I know), and has to help them foil an attempt to destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet with an atomic mine called the Polaris Mine.
This movie is chock full of silly goodness. Always keep your eye on the background as there is a lot of gags going on all the time. There’s a lot of eye-rolling puns, and physical gags as well as spoofs of movies that were reasonably current at the time – most would be lost on any watchers under 35 -40 years old, but don’t let that deter you – this movie is still funny. I mean, there’s an under water western bar fight, and some of the best acting by a cow that I have ever seen so WATCH IT!!!
Check out the trailer here and then go to what ever online retailer you deal with to buy a copy.