The Dark Backward is strange film to say the least. Even the name doesn’t really mean anything in the context of the movie. It’s about Marty, a trash man by day and failed stand up comedian by night. In this David Lynch-esque world he lives in, it doesn’t even seem that trash man are a necessity considering how dirty and disgusting everything is everywhere. He picks up trash in one scene with his buddy Gus, played by the always charismatic Bill Paxton, and the trash is just overwhelming. The streets look like landfills.
Marty eventually starts to grow a third arm on his back as people naturally do. Marty’s girl splits and Gus sees this as the opportunity to cash in on this freak limb and incorporate it into Marty’s comedy act. Wayne Newton becomes their talent agent, but Marty is still not funny.
This movie is really carried by the ridiculous and disturbing antics of Bill Paxton, namely necrophilia and SSBBW action. If you’re in the mood for some surreal weirdness, then watch this movie.