Sunday, May 1, 2016

Beyond the Doors (1989)

aka Down On Us (1984)

How bad is it? It's wretched, even by Larry Buchanan standards.
Should you see it? Perhaps in small doses. Fortunately, you can see it on YouTube in 10 minute videos.

Biggest image I could find

I actually enjoy (to a small extent) Larry Buchanan's monster movies, but never delved into his other work. He's made a bunch of conspiracy films and this one alleges that Richard Nixon started a plan to kill off the rock stars who were against the Vietnam War. The actors portraying Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin look nothing like them, can't act and sing in suspiciously 1980-ish fashion. Worse still, Buchanan couldn't get the rights to any of their music, so there's 12 original songs - all forgettable - that substitute. Even worse than that, all the concert footage takes place on the same tiny stage, though it's supposed to be in several different countries ("Woodstock" has about 30 people in attendance). Yet worse than that, musicians were so hard to get that they all put on fake wigs and pretend to be members of each others' bands. From the horrendously bad acting in a hunting "accident" assassination in the first minute to Morrison's joining a monastery, the looniness is unabated. Unfortunately, at two hours, it's tough to sit through.

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