ANOTHER TAKE ON: Bad Girls from Mars (1991)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Upton is an American (non-werewolf) writer/editor in London. She currently works as a freelance ghostwriter of personal memoirs and writes for several blogs on topics as diverse as film history, punk rock, women’s issues, and international politics. For links to her work, please visit https://www.jennuptonwriter.com or send her a Tweet @Jennxldn

A B-movie movie about making B-movies, Bad Girls from Mars features a stressed-out director named TJ McMasters (Oliver Darrow) struggling through the production of a sexy sci-fi pic while someone bumps off every actress who takes the lead role. To decompress, TJ takes shots from the bottle of whiskey in his desk drawer, chews Alka Seltzer like candy and fools around with his hot secretary Martine (Dana Bentley.) Edy Williams plays Emmanuel, the newest actress to accept the role, whose most memorable scene is changing her clothes in the back of a moving convertible in broad daylight on the streets of Beverly Hills. Jay Richardson plays arrogant lead actor Richard Trent who takes his job way too seriously and Brinke Stevens plays his wife the jealous costume girl Myra who would absolutely kill to get the lead. Most of the humor in the film centers on the harsh yet absurd realities of working in low-budget films. Comedy highlights include crewmembers suggesting an over-the-shoulder shot on a murdered actress because “that’s what Roger would do,” a crew stampede at lunch time (100% accurate), a long ride in a police car stopping off at all the best eateries in town (120% accurate) and Fred Olen Ray himself, who walks into the frame just long enough to throw a few pages of the script away to keep the film on schedule. The spoof giallo ending is perfect for a film that’s meta to the max. 

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