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SHOWBIZ 7’s: Film Crew’s cult movie picks

The guys from “Mystery Science Theater 3000” are back! Or three of them anyway. This week Kevin Murphy (former writer on MST3K), Bill Corbett (another former writer), and Michael J. Nelson (head writer and host) return to the small screen to make fun of more bad movies.

This time they are repackaging themselves as “The Film Crew,” and the premise is they are three guys who work in the basement for a mysterious Bob Honcho who gives them their assignment by speaker phone: decimate another B-movie.

Their movie decimations are only available on DVD. The first one, released on Tuesday tears apart the 1968 film “Hollywood After Dark,” starring Rue McClanahan as a prostitute.

Other titles will be released later this summer, but in the meantime, here are their seven favorite cult films. (Shout! Factory)
THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO: If you have a thing for Betty Rubble you’ll love The Wild Women of Wongo! Narrated by Mother Nature (who still seems pretty upset about that margarine chicanery), it teaches the important lesson that one should always select a spouse with a similar hotness level to one’s own. It’s Love, American Style meets Quest for Fire. ()
SMASH-UP - THE STORY OF A WOMAN: It’s co-written and gin-soaked by Dorothy Parker. Susan Hayward actually got an Oscar nomination for playing a histrionic club singer who’s had her left hand surgically replaced with a cocktail shaker. She plays a drunk with such relish you’ll worry that she’s using sense memory, and she delivers the best chick-punch in Hollywood history. (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Anything with Steve Reeves: “He probably couldn’t act his way through a kindergarten pageant, but strip Steve Reeves down to a loincloth, oil him up, cast him in a sea of Italians, give him a spear and a leopard to fight, or a Persian or a giant, and you’ll have a whole Saturday morning of mannish delight ahead of you. ‘Frank Miller’s 300’ has nothing on ‘Giant of Marathon.’” (Steve Reeves International)
VANISHING POINT: “A movie that grabs you by the sideburns and repeatedly screams ‘SEVENTIES!!!’ into your face until you’re covered with benzadrine-flavored spittle! A movie so hip, so with it, it’ll make you want to grow your ‘fro, bell your bottoms and pile your Dodge Challenger R/T into the nearest earth-moving equipment!” ()
ROCK N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL: You couldn’t dream up a cult film with better credentials: The music and vacant stares of the Ramones, the cheesy High School Madness plot, the sweet-yet-horrid pillowy embouchure of Clint Howard, the sublime blandness of Vince Van Patten and the shrill, paint-peeling voice of P.J. Soles. Can’t get enough of that P.J. Soles.” (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
THE ROAD WARRIOR: “Feathered glam-punks shooting crossbows and riding dirt-bikes make this an enduring classic. The chase scenes are so gritty they’ll actually leave bugs in your teeth, and feature some fantastic stunts performed by refugees from Bow Wow Wow clad in football pads--it’s breathtaking. And it’s directed by George Miller, the same man who brought us ‘Babe: Pig in the City.’” (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
TROLL 2: “Bizarre movie about a family that vacations by switching homes with another family from the town of Nilbog, a place infected with, no, not trolls (as the title strongly implies) but by goblins. Nilbog, it turns out, is Goblin spelled backward! Little Joshua fights the goblins (there is not a single troll in Troll 2) with the help of his dead grandfather. A movie that more than any other looks and feels as though it was shot on location in hell.” ()