CREW: HOLLYWOOD AFTER DARK (2007)
The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (2007)
Film Crew, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 90 minutes
The whole Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or
MST3K in short) concept is revived by three of that show's stars with
the straight-to-DVD release of The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark.
Upon the original show's cancellation Best Brains, the outfit originally
responsible for MST3K, apparently remarked that they would love to
have done the series forever and that there were still loads of bad movies
out there to skewer even though they have done almost 200 episodes.
And right they were. Hollywood After Dark is a very bad drama from
1968 in which Rue McClanahan (of Golden Girls fame) plays a wannabe
actress who makes a living as a stripper instead.
By now the MST3K format should be familiar to most site visitors: a
trio of commentators riff,
make jokes, whilst a
movie is running. The Film Crew consists of the stars from the show's
later run, namely Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Only minor
changes are made to MST3K?s original format.
In The Film Crew the
stars supply DVD audio commentaries to movies which don't have any, doing
away with the whole evil scientist showing poor guy bad movies as an
experiment plot line. The Film Crew also has far fewer stand-up
comic routines (called host segments) in-between the riffing. The
silhouetted figures are also history, but the net effect is exactly the same
as watching an episode of Mystery Science
Theater 3000, except the pop culture references are more contemporary
and up to date . . .
WORTH IT? If you're
a die-hard MiSTie who has somehow collected all 198 episodes of the cult
1988 to 1999 Mystery Science Theater 3000
TV show and were looking for some new material, then you'd probably be
popping out of your skin out of pure excitement by now. Anyone unfamiliar
with the concept would be better off checking out funnier episodes such as
Manos - Hands of Fate or
new Mystery Science Theater 3000 material
is always to be welcomed, even when the material isn't as funny as it could
be. The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark would have been a pretty
decent MST3K episode though is worth checking out. It is perfect
viewing for those late lethargic Sunday afternoons.
One caveat though: parents
might think twice before having their youngling MST3K fans check out
Hollywood After Dark. The jokes and sexual subject matter are a whole
lot more risqué than during the MST3K years, no doubt a product of
not having to submit this new show beforehand to any TV censors.