The Dark Backward (The Man with Three Arms) (1991)
A garbage man (Judd Nelson) dreams of working as a stand-up comedian, but can't seem to get a laugh until he grows a third arm out of his back.
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Backward (The Man with Three Arms)
Odd and twisted, The Dark Backward has plenty to thrill admirers of ugliness and enough food for thought to interest the rest of us too.
Strange and hilarious
One word: crap.
Really strange. Really bad
Tries way too hard to be a cult classic, which probably explains why it's not one.
Audience Reviews for The Dark Backward (The Man with Three Arms)
A spectacularly unfunny comedian finally find success--sort of--when an arm begins growing out of his back. Bizarre, hard-hearted black comedy in the spirit of John Waters. Form follows plot premise: if you can't be funny, you can at least be grotesque enough so people won't be able to look away.More
Judd Nelson is Marty, a garbage collector (or sanitation engineer, whichever you prefer) who moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Bill Paxton is a true sleaze-ball of a friend/agent that decides exploiting a third arm that has grown out of Marty's back is a sure shot way to achieving stardom.
The dude has a third arm growing out of his back and that's not even the main part of the plot. This is a truly bizarre movie with Judd Neslon in a role like most have never seen him in. I really hate comparing to other films, but the easiest way to describe it is the dark surrealism of Naked Lunch with the dark humor of The King Of Comedy. If there was ever a film developed solely for a cult audience, it's this one. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's a bad thing. I hated this movie the first time seeing it. The next evening, I watched it again.
The dirtiest film ever made, it seems like the lens is covered in mud. Paxton is fantastic in this, playing the scummiest human being on the face of the planet. The laughs in this one are so uncomfortable that it becomes hilarious. A one of a kind film. Maybe there can be a sequel with Jack Nicholsan called, "I'll Eat Anything".More
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