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"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 in 1970. Originally intended as a straight sequel to Valley of the Dolls, the film's commerical success, but critical salvaging, resulted in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls instead being reworked as a satire piece and parody of the original. 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.

Pam Grier makes her film debut as an extra.


"Beyond The Valley of the Tropes":

  • 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: Russ Meyer loves topless buxom women.
  • The Baroness: Roxanne.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • "You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance."
    • "You beg for mercy, while the cries of six million innocents still ring in your ears? They are waiting for you!"
  • B-Movie: Averted. This was the first of two films Meyer made for a major studio, which was enthusiastic about it.
  • 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 Jerkass.
  • Bury Your Gays: Casey and Roxanne, who had a lesbian affair, are killed by Z-Man, and Z-Man himself (herself?), who appeared to be a man through the movie but is revealed to have female breasts in the climax, dies shortly after.
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  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "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's knee-high gold boots.
  • Cool Car: A Rolls Royce. Just ask Ashley St. Ives, who takes it to Fetish levels during Auto Erotica.
    "There's nothing like a Rolls!"
  • Creepy Crossdresser: When Z-Man goes on a killing rampage dressed up as "Superwoman".
  • Dark Action Girl: Z-Man, possibly.
  • 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 and thus sued the studio.
  • Fan Disservice: Topless Z-Man revealing that he has female breasts.
  • Gayngst: One 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, hence why it was titled Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: It's "Beyond The Valley of the Dolls" - i.e. the film is going beyond the themes and topics of the book and film.
  • Large Ham:
    • 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 act quite feminine but have a relationship with each other.
  • Made of Plasticine: Lance and Otto are dismembered pretty easily.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Every female character, except perhaps for the elderly woman with orange hair, is a gorgeous buxom babe.
  • Mood Whiplash: Until the end, the entire movie has been an parody of the seedier side of Hollywood stardom. Then Z-Man suddenly goes nuts and massacres everyone.
    • The ending can also be see as this. Oh no! Our friends are murdered by an insane maniac, our career is ruined and we are traumatized by the dark side of stardom. Weddings for Everyone who survived.
  • 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.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: English actress Dolly Read portrays American Carrie Nation member Kelly MacNamara. Her accent subtly slips in various scenes through out the movie.
  • One-Hit Wonder: invoked The girls watch Strawberry Alarm Clock play their lone hit "Incense and Peppermints."
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The disclaimer in the opening credits:
  • Phallic Weapon: Z-Man forces a gun in Roxanne's mouth while she's sleeping before shooting her.
  • 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.
  • Recurring Character: A Nazi has appeared in a few of Russ Meyer movies, here it's Otto.
  • 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 after he regains the use of his legs.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Pet.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: It's a Russ Meyer movie about a rock band in the late 1960s, and, in the original movie, "dolls" was a slang term for drugs.
  • Sex Montage: The Rolls Royce sequence.
  • The Svengali: Z-Man to The Carrie Nations. Roger Ebert even used the exact word to describe him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yes, Lance, continue to taunt Z-Man about his/her breasts while he's waving around a sword. And you're tied up. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Troubled, but Cute: Harris.
  • Twist Ending: Z-Man is a woman. Or a transgender man. Or a transgender woman who's had breast implants. It's left vague. (Roger Ebert called Z-Man a woman, but the Narrator at the end refers to said character with male pronouns.)
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Randy doesn't wear a shirt at all until he gets out of jail.
  • World of Buxom: This is a Russ Meyer movie after all.


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