The Dark Backward
The Dark Backward (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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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 26, 1991
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Breese

just too off-putting

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Strange and hilarious

Scott Weinberg

Tries way too hard to be a cult classic, which probably explains why it's not one.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

One word: crap.

Rob Gonsalves

A seriously weird, seriously cool surreal black comedy.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Really strange. Really bad

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
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… More
Christopher Brown
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… More
El Hombre Invisible
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… More
Anthony Valletta
A dark comedy for fans of the bizarre.