Take a Drink: every time Cameron Mitchell shouts
Drink a Shot: when Frank Stallone appears
Take a Drink: for the body-count
Drink a Shot: for mullets
By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Six Pack) –
A group of Middle-Eastern terrorists kidnap the President’s Daughter and hold her hostage in an old factory complex. As police surround the building, tension reaches fever-pitch as the they try in vain to put an end to the crisis. Finally, an expert is called in: a former Special Forces soldier named Hack Stone (Frank Stallone). Hack works with Police Captain Sills (Cameron Mitchell) to plan a dangerous hostage rescue, and to prove he is a bad enough dude!
Terror in Beverly Hills is the kind of Z-grade movie that I love. With each passing minute the story, the editing, the sound-recording, the dialogue, the acting, and just about every other filmmaking aspect grows more incompetent.
So this toast is for the bottle of beer in my hand as I write this review as I salute the half-dozen other bottles which died for this movie’s sins…
Frank Stallone is billed as the film’s star, and appears in maybe 20 actual minutes of the film. Doubtless he took the paycheck and shot for about 2-3 days, max. The filmmakers even introduce a character who shares a similar mullet, and basically performs scenes which Stallone’s character should have.
This character is used and then abandoned with very little fanfare, with Frank Stallone appearing to pick up the pieces.
Cameron Mitchell was a long-time character actor, and by this late stage in his career was sadly forced into a series of ultra-low budget films. He doesn’t care anymore, and appears visibly intoxicated. That does not stop him from delivering one of the “greatest” performances of his career.
I wonder whether Pepsi regrets the massive product placement within the film? Judging by the massive amount of Pepsi on screen and the film’s low budget, the soda manufacturer likely footed the majority of the bills.
All dialogue in the film sounds like it was recorded in a tin box. I’ve watched 3 separate versions of the film, one supposedly “remastered” and this issue exists on all copies. Often times it is impossible to tell what is being said (see the video in Beer Three as an example).
The film is full of small gaffes. Any one error or omission would be bad enough, but put together, it adds up to… well… a full six pack. Here are a few of my favorite examples:
There is so much more to discuss about this film, but nothing more I can say will be able to communicate how much of a failure it all is. The film is up on Youtube at present, so you have no excuse to avoid it. If you are a fan of Z-Cinema, this is a must-see.