Apr 25, 2008

Hell Comes to Frogtown

Rowdy Roddy Piper; This name about sums up the level of seriousness in the film. This wrestler plays a character named Sam Hell. Don't be fooled, he isn't as badass as his name implies, but i didn't say he wasn't a pimp. In a world full of infertility after a nuclear attack, babies start springing up from the sexual trail Sam left behind. Forced by a government division called MedTech, Hell must journey into Frogtown to rescue female hostages and knock em' up.

Hell Comes to Frogtown takes the theme of Escape from New York, with the forced government work and the consequences for saying no. This politically-sparked maneuver fits well with the controversy of the U.S. Draft. Forced labor is rarely a good thing, nor a promising one. Hell Comes to Frogtown is laden with a comic book feel. The quirkiness of the characters allows the film to stretch and pace evenly. This is all thanks to the Howard the Duck-esque special effects.

Infertility is a nightmare that was recently explored in Children of Men. No doubt, Children of Men is the greater film and would be near perfect had the pregnant carrier been a Negro. That disgusting cast choice was a bold move as how the birth rate for Africans is huge. Multiculturalism is a tactic that most contemporary directors in the mainstream use in their arsenal.

This project was later granted a 1.5 million dollar budget and switched to 35mm. Despite having the backings of Roger Corman, the studio execs weren't ballsy enough to have nudity or gore. What makes Frogtown so much damn fun is the backfired attempt at making Rowdy Roddy Piper into a Hollywood badass. While this film did bomb, it was resurrected as a cult classic; a title it does deserve.

Frogs have never looked so slimy. They are presented with low guttural voices and a fascination for dancing white women. This individual scene has to do with a Frogman getting an erection and calls it "The Three Snakes" I can only imagine horrible images in my head so i thank god everyday that i didn't have to see that. Hell Comes to Frogtown is hilarious, ridiculous, and good-spirited. Avoid the sequels at all costs. Any sequel with Roddy Piper is trash. This film could have used some wrestling moves against Frogs though.


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