Hollywood Boulevard

Comedy / Thriller

42
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 1

Synopsis


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February 28, 2021

Director

Cast

Dick Miller as Mort
Joe Dante as Party Waiter
Jonathan Kaplan as Scotty
Mary Woronov as Daisy
720p.BLU
757.69 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
83 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rduchmann 8 / 10 / 10

no Miracle ... just a good picture

I spent the best years of the 1970s at the drive-in, and this film is a most enjoyable look at drive-in movies and the people who made them. If you don't count the Ingmar Bergmans, it may be the best picture ever released by New World Studios. I saw this on big screen, before the print had gotten very many scratches, and more recently on video where it held up as any other classic does. New World editors Joe Dante and Allan Arkush were allowed by boss Roger Corman to direct a picture, within very strict budgetary limitations, and they produced this classic look at drive-in films and the people who make them, just a few years before the whole genre was kicked into limbo by the VCR. Through clever use of action footage from older New World films, Arkush and Dante brought their film in on budget and earned their first professional directorial credits. Aspiring actress Candice Rialson (wow!) hits town, fresh from Indiana, and secures the services of scruffy talent agent Walter Paisley (okay!), who gets her work in lowbudget pix from Miracle Studios ("It it's a good picture, it's a Miracle!") -- where they make movies like BAD GIRL IN BOYS TOWN and ATOMIC WAR BRIDES, where director Paul Bartel reminds Godzilla, "Your motivation in this scene is to step on as many people as possible," and where Mary Woronov is the queen of the lot. Skinny snarling starlets blast away with machine guns. Extras from THE HOT BOX fall out of trees in the Philippines. Model-Ts crash in BIG BAD MAMA. Candy jumps to dodge rolling car debris. Wait a minute, somebody is killing the starlets here at Miracle! Rita George dies! Tara Strohmeier dies (NOOO!!!!). Who's doing it? Is Candy next on the list? Who will survive and what will be left of them? We also visit a glam movie premiere at a Valley drive-in, watch a boy-girl scene scored to a somewhat revised version of "Everybody's Truckin'," with the band serenading the gropers live, and we see Paisley audition Robby the Robot ("Let me hear you say 'Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn'"). Candice Rialson is perfect (in her best role) as the naive Candy, Mary Woronov goes gleefully over the top as movie legend Mary McQueen, and Dick Miller should be in EVERY motion picture that comes out of Hollywood. The treatment of the wacky world of drive-in moviemaking is affectionate, there are a lot of cameos, and anyone who likes Dante's or Arkush's other work will find this well worth the 80-odd minutes it takes to watch. However, I have never been able to spot Belinda Balaski anywhere in this, and she's not named in the IMDB credits. Is this the only Dante film she's not in? Corman remade the film in 1989 as HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD 2, with Ginger Lynn Allen in the lead, but it is just a remake, not a sequel, and even though the budget is considerably larger it is not as fresh or as funny (though it's not as bad as the remakes of BIG BAD MAMA or ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL). This film belongs on a drive-in screen, not on your tv set, but since that is the only place you're ever going to see it now, crank up your living room Rolls Canardly and have some fun. I used to give this a rating of 9 on the IMDB scale, but having finally seen THE PASSION OF JEANNE D'ARC in the meantime, I have lowered BOULEVARD to a more realistic 8.

Reviewed by preppy-3 8 / 10 / 10

Fun for film buffs...

but probably nobody else. A young, beautiful woman (Candice Rialson) comes to Hollywood to become a star. She starts working with Miracle Pictures ("If it's a good picture, it's a miracle") as a stunt girl. Miracle makes nothing but ultra cheap t&a movies. There's the star director (Parl Bartel) who supposedly thinks he's making art and an arrogant diva (Mary Woronov) who wants all the film to herself. Then woman are being killed on the set. Who's doing it...and why? Film was actually shot in 10 days with directors Joe Dante and Allan Arkush using tons of footage from previous Roger Corman movies. The movie never takes itself too seriously and does have some VERY funny lines. But the plot is way too feeble even at 83 minutes (there's LOTS of padding); the acting is pretty bad (except for Bartel, Woronov and Dick Miller--all having a GREAT time); there is an unnecessary (and stupid) wet T-shirt sequence; there's a very sick rape scene played for laughs (and repeated twice); a very brutal knife slashing and plot holes galore (why DOES that guy at the end have all that stuff about victims in his little shed?). What kept me watching is the tons of funny little injokes for movie fans. They're way too numerous to mention but they are there. Also it was just released in a 25th anniversary edition and looks just great. Most casual viewers will probably find this dull, stupid and sick--they're right, but it is fun for film fans. Don't miss the jokes during the closing credits and one right after them.

Reviewed by capkronos 8 / 10 / 10

What's not to love?

It's a satire. It's an action picture. It's a romantic comedy. It's a T&A movie. It's a murder mystery. It's a horror film. It's a female vigilante exploiter. In other words, it's not an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink epic, it's an everything-and-the- kitchen-sink epic. Allan Arkush (ROCK N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL) and Joe Dante (GREMLINS) obviously set out to parody the low-budget drive-in efforts as perfected by Roger Corman's New World Pictures and they have come up with a doozy here; probably the ultimate in cinematic in-jokes and one of the best of such comedies dealing with the Grade Z film industry. Corman (the uncredited executive producer) and cronies obviously have a great sense of humor to poke fun at the business that is their livelihood. While Hollywood BOULEVARD suffers from sheer overkill, it has enough outrageous, insightful and inspired comic moments to merit it a must for Corman and exploitation movie fans and a probably for general film buffs. Perky, innocent blue-eyed blonde Candy Hope (Candice Rialson) arrives in Hollywood with stars in her eyes; determined to make it in Tinseltown no matter what the cost. She seeks help from sketchy talent agent Walter Paisley (Dick Miller of course and in fine comic form), and after a few botched acting attempts (one of which implicates her in an armed car robbery and police chase), ends up getting stunt work at Miracle Pictures, a low-budget studio so bargain-basement they churn out a picture a week and whose motto is "If it's a good picture, it's a miracle!" There she meets a slew of colorful characters, including inept director Eric Von Leppe (Paul Bartel), sleazy producer P.G. (Richard Doran), bitchy B-movie veteran Mary McQueen (Mary Woronov, who is perfect in this role), cheerful screen writer/eventual love interest Patrick Hobby (Jeffrey Kramer), weird-o production manager Scotty (Jonathan Kaplan), oft-nude starlet Jill (Tara Strohmeier) and others. A roller-derby star and wanna-be actress named Bobbi (Rita George) has her secret for success down pat; after getting an agent "Then it's just a matter of balling my way to the top!" After completing a successful car-wreck stunt, Candy Hope is elevated to star status under the new name Candy Wednesday and receives her first major film role in 'Machete Maidens of Mora Tau.' The entire troupe go to The Philippines (where it is cheaper to shoot) and the four leading ladies are immediately asked to "massacre 300 Asiatic soldiers!" The director tries to convince a timid starlet into degrading herself by performing in a gang rape scene; calling it "an actresses dream!" Then it's back to America to start production on the sci-fi film "Atomic War Brides," complete with left-over props and sets from DEATH RACE 2000 (1975). And, oh yeah, someone on the set has turned psycho, is sabotaging the equipment and killing off the cast and crew one by one. A parachute jumper plunges to her death, real bullets are put in a prop gun, car brakes are cut, a king cobra is unleashed, etc. As you can imagine, there is a hell of lot going on here...We get loads of explosions, machine gun fights, catfights, motorcycle crashes, car chases, car wrecks, topless scenes, film references, alien monsters (Don Post provided the masks), gorillas, special appearances from Godzilla, Robbie the Robot and Forry Ackerman, scenes of Dick Miller and Boris Karloff in THE TERROR playing at a drive-in and even an in-joke nod to ROBOT MONSTER! A gory stabbing death sequence (said to be a nod to Mario Bava) was later lifted and used in such efforts as THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (1982; which was directed by Amy Jones, who was also an editor for this film), the NOT OF THIS EARTH remake (1988) and SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 (1990). The DVD has a special feature called "The Cutting Room Floor," which features trailers for such Roger Corman-produced efforts as BIG BAD MAMA, THE BIG BIRD CAGE, THE BIG DOLL HOUSE, CAGED HEAT, DEATH RACE 2000, NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN and WOMEN IN CAGES. If any of the footage from those looks familiar, it's because Hollywood BOULEVARD borrowed footage from all of them! Also on the disc is an excellent commentary track, cast bios and additional trailers for BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980), PIRANHA (1978) and SUBURBIA (1983).

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