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04 January 2012 @ 11:37 am
Hell Comes to Frogtown  
I have seen worse movies in my time.

B. discovered the existence of this film in a pub conversation somewhere and was so outraged to learn there was a cheesy 1980s Sci-Fi "cult classic" he had not only, not seen, but never even heard of that the end result was inevitable. LoveFilm has much to answer for.

In brief the plot is that Sam Hell, post-apocalyptic warrior and stud, has been wandering the devastated byways of the Earth impregnating women left, right and centre. He falls into the hands of the medical de-facto rulers of the place and in a world where nearly everyone is sterile, is promptly requistioned as a national asset and strapped into an explosive non-chastity belt (it has a flap) with a "government property" sign on it. He also gains a love-interest come minder who can use the chastity belt to zap his bits when she fiddles with her earrings. Sam is then despatched to "Frogtown" where the mutants live to rescue or, failing that, impregnate a bevy of fertile young women who are being held captive there.

This seems to have been created as a star vehicle for a WWF wrestler:



who appears in the movie sans kilt, which might have improved matters I'm not sure.

Given that the plot is, unsurprisingly, both extremely silly and somewhat offensive* it nevertheless holds together surprisingly well which is a little disconcerting given the determined cheapness of everything on the screen. The only plot hole I spotted was the question of why the government is sending this incredibly valuable asset into dangerous territory (wikipedia says it's because they value his combat skills more than his fertility but I'm fairly sure that isn't on the screen). So, it wasn't a total waste of my life, though I can't confess any desire to see it again, nor any of its three sequels. I'm also unconvinced by the "cult classic" label. I don't think it is bad enough to merit drunken dissection of its idiocy nor good enough to stand on its own merits. It's mildly amusing in places if you're prepared to suspend all higher brain functions though.

*I'm prepared to accept that in a society where nearly everyone is sterile issues of consent to sex will look a bit different but even so this movie seems to be completely unaware that such issues might exist (except when one of the parties looks like a frog when, obviously, sex would be a fate worse than death). Admittedly, Sam does occasionally adopt a look of rueful put-uponess when faced with a bevy of beautiful and fertile maidens.


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telperion_15: Intellectualtelperion_15 on January 4th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
You know, I almost want to see this. Almost... *g*
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
I suspect it could be a lot of fun in the right group of people, but I don't really think its worth seeking out.
a_cubeda_cubed on January 4th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
There was a much better take on the central idea of this in an episode of Sliders. The male sliders hiding out in someone's house were discrover because one of them left the toilet seat up :-).
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
I never really got into Sliders, in fact I'm not sure I've ever even seen a complete episode of the show. Hell Comes to Frogtown, given what it is, does a moderately creditable job of avoiding the worst excesses of "if the world were run by women (tee hee hee)" but I'm always a bit dubious of anything that has that embedded in its premise somewhere.
a_cubeda_cubed on January 5th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
Actually there were two different episodes with elements of what you're talking about. One was a gender role reversal one with men in pre-70s womens-lib mode and the other was one where a virus wiped out 99.9% of men and the remaining ones were kept as breeding stock.
Sliders had two good series, one mediocre one and then went completely off the rails. The first two series were good social SF exploring different possible social outcomes for the USA, starting with the communist US in the pilot. Plus you get John Rhys Davis every week (one of the problems with the fourth and fifth seasons is that they dropped him).
lukadreaminglukadreaming on January 4th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Wot, worse than It's Alive? I'd half be persuaded to watch it if you were there to deconstruct the film!
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
I was counting It's Alive in the worse category, to be honest, though it has much better production values and acting. But It's Alive's plot is much ropier, I don't think it's quite as offensive, but it takes itself much more seriously and is, as a result, considerably more boring. An exploding chastity belt would have been something of a relief at points in It's Alive