I had some concerns in last week's Movie Club piece that The Beach Part at the Threshold of Hell might be a terrible movie. The biggest warning sign was the National Lampoon Presents above the title. There was a time when the brand name was attached to some classic comedies and a magazine with a strong satirical bent. Nowadays, the brand brings up thoughts of z-grade direct-to-video sex comedies. How then did this odd little film get into their hands?
It's a sci-fi comedy that's not really that funny. There's a beach party, but no National Lampoon-style cheesecake. There are animated segments, robots, cannibals, Daniel Baldwin, and other assorted oddities, yet not a single Playboy Playmate (that I know of). Does this mean that Beach Party transcends its National Lampoon brand name?