Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
"There's juice freaks, and pill freaks, and then everybody's a freak! What you need is grass or a downer or something."
A kinda sequel to Valley of the Dolls
released by 20th Century Fox
. Directed by Russ Meyer
and co-written by Meyer and movie critic Roger Ebert
(who described landing the gig as an example of inmates Running the Asylum
at the studio) about a musical quartet of girls who go to Hollywood to live with the lead singer's wealthy swinger aunt.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Provides Examples Of:
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: Z-Man, possibly.
- Affectionate Parody: Of the original Valley of the Dolls. But beyond that.
- Anyone Can Die: Casey, Lance, Otto, Roxanne, Z-Man. Harris nearly dies.
- Attempted Rape: Randy tries to rape Pet and Z-Man tries to rape Lance.
- Author Appeal / Ms. Fanservice: Russ Meyer loves topless buxom women.
- Bad Ass: Lance Rock and Randy. Not to mention the naked clairvoyant who's dressed like a motorcycle.
- Badass Normal: Emerson and Harris.
- The Baroness: Roxanne.
- Bi the Way: Casey. I think she's converted by the end of the movie.
- Bond One-Liner: "You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance."
- "You beg for mercy, while the cries of six millions innocents still ring in your ears? They are waiting for you!"
- B-Movie: An all-girl band of hippies and their producer head to Hollywood to collect on some old inheritance where they get lucky and make it big before falling in with the wrong crowd and quickly slip into a life of sleaze and decadence. We're talking 2 weeks here.
- Broken Bird: Casey.
- Busman's Vocabulary: Randy, a boxer, speaks in a whole lot of boxing metaphors. This initially makes him seem philosophical before he's revealed to be a Jerk Ass
- Bury Your Gays: Casey, Roxanne, Z-Man.
- Camp: To say the least.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Z-Man, near the end of the movie.
- Car Fu: When Randy dragged Emerson around on the roof of his car.
- Catch Phrase: "This is my happening and it freaks me out!"
- "I'd like to strap you on sometime."
- "(sitting in a wheelchair) Checkmate. I can't move."
- "Don't bogart the joint!"
- Combat Stilettos: Z-Man with his knee-high gold boots.
- Cool Car: A Rolls Royce. Just ask Ashley St. Ives.
- Date Rape: Harris has sex with Casey when he was drunk and she was stoned, resulting in her getting pregnant. While Casey gets quite angry at Harris the next morning (something he's confused about), she doesn't seem to think of it as rape per se, although Roxanne (who has ulterior motives), does.
- Death by Sex: Casey, Lance, Roxanne, Z-Man. Subverted with Baxter, Emerson, Harris, Kelly, Susan, Pet.
- Dolled-Up Installment: Inverted. This was meant to be a true sequel to the original Valley of the Dolls, but the original author wasn't happy about not being involved in its production, thus sued the studio.
- Fan Disservice/Squick: Topless Z-Man.
- Gayngst: Gne interpretation of what's going on with Casey throughout the movie.
- Genre Shift: Turns into a Slasher Movie, before the term existed, for the last 25 minutes.
- Gorn: S&M decapitation, headshots at close range, stabbing a Nazi to death with a sword at the beach.
- In Name Only: Has nothing to do with the original Valley of the Dolls novel/film. In fact some have suggested the title of the film should be "Beyond The Valley of the Dolls" - i.e. the film is going beyond the themes and topics of the book and film.
- Large Ham: Take your pick.
- In a movie with plenty of hammy actors, Z-Man stands above them all. Ashley is probably the second hammiest character.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Roxanne and Casey.
- Made of Plasticine: Lance and Otto.
- Ms. Fanservice: every female character, except perhaps for the elderly woman with orange hair
- Mood Whiplash: Until the end, the entire movie has been an Affectionate Parody of the seedier side of Hollywood stardom. Then Z-Man suddenly goes nuts and massacres everyone.
- Naked in Mink: At least one of the posters◊ shows a bunch of girls laying around several fur coats.
- Noodle Incident: At the first of Z-Man's parties, we get tiny bits and pieces of several conversations of the guests, many of which are examples of this trope.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: English actress Dolly Read portrays American Carrie Nation member Kelly MacNamara. Her accent subtlely slips in various scenes through out the movie.
- One-Hit Wonder: The girls watch the Strawberry Alarm Clock play their lone hit "Incense and Peppermints."
- Phallic Weapon: Z-Man forces a gun in Roxanne's mouth while she's sleeping before shooting her. Enter Sigmund Freud.
- Poe's Law: Roger Ebert recorded that he and Meyer were nonplussed when they met the Sex Pistols and Johnny Rotten expressed his admiration for the film because it was so true to life.
- Play Boy: Dolly Read (Miss May 1966), Cynthia Myers (Miss December 1968).
- Recurring Character: Martin Bormann has appeared in a few of Russ Meyer movies.
- Running Gag: After Harris is paralyzed they poke fun at him with unintentionally funny dialogue, showing him struggling to get into a wheelchair during the climactic final battle, and the bizarre river-crossing-on-crutches scene during the ending.
- Sassy Black Woman: Pet.
- Sex Montage: Rolls Royce sequence.
- Shout-Out: Martin Bormann, deceased Nazi.
- Tag Team: Roger Ebert (film critic) and Russ Meyer (the boobs producer).
- Tomato Surprise, Twist Ending: Z-Man is a woman. Or transgender and just had breast implants. It's left vague.
- Troubled, but Cute: Harris.
- Villainous Crossdresser: When Z-Man goes on a killing rampage dressed up as "Superwoman".
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Randy doesn't wear a shirt at all until he gets out of jail.
- World of Buxom: Did we mention this is a Russ Meyer movie?