SciFi
Hell Comes To Frogtown
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Dir: Donald G. Jackson
Star: Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman, Cec Verrell
Cert / Year: 18 - R / 1987
Format: DVD R1
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A film that does exactly what is says on the box, Sam Hell comes to Frogtown.

After the obligatory holocaust, war hero Sam Hell (Roddy Piper) is left as one of the worlds few fertile men. This leads him to be forcibly recruited by Med Tech (a mad bunch of women, hell bent on repopulating the world so the war can start again). They fit him with a techno chastity belt and send him along with his Med Tech minder Spangle (Sandahl Bergman), and solider Centinella (Cec Verrell) to Frogtown to rescue (and ravish) some women. These women have been kidnaped by Commander Toady (Brian Frank) the leader of a bunch of evil mutant frogs! At he end of the day its up to Hell to kick some froggy butt and rescue the chicks.

Yes this is SILLY, it's ridiculous, it's even stupid. What can you say when faced with a plot like that, just give it a bomb rating and move on right? No way. This is stupid but its great entertainment. It is the ultimate lads night cult movie, best served with pizza and copious amounts of beer. Lets face it Charlie's Angels cost many times more then this and yet it falls into the same category isn't as original or as much fun.

What makes this film so entertaining is the great script. I don't mean the script is great in an intellectual, or Oscar winning sort of way, no it's great in a cool series of one-liners sort of way. Check out lines like "I used to care about things, but then you blew it all up" or "You have excited the three snakes". Trust me tongues are well and truly in cheeks, as things are played with good deal of humour. The script like the film has no pretensions about itself, it knows what it is and is proud of it.

So what is it, well its a low brow post apocalyptic sci-fi action comedy movie. Its locations are straight from the low budget sci-fi bible consisting of the required deserts, and mandatory disused industrial plants (the only thing missing is the rock quarry. Probably as it was in use by Dr Who at the time). It has the gun fights and customised vehicles, including the fantastic pink Med Tech wagon (never has a hero arrived in such a camp manner). It even has blokes in rubber masks pretending to be mutants (aliens, or whatever). Actually I've been a little unfair here as the frog suits are rather good created as they are by the reliable Steve Wang.

Sam Hell is played by ex wrestler Roddy Piper and yes he can act (well if pro wrestling isn't acting I don't know what is). He is both physically impressive and manages to nail the one liners injecting the required level of humour. He is teamed up with Sandahl Bergman who is probably better known for her role as Valeria in Conan the Barbarian. She looks nice in a succession of every increasingly ridiculously revealing outfits, but by the time we get to the dance of the three snakes even she looks embarrassed. Other than this we have a stock selection of B movie actors. The only exception is Cec Verrell who plays a great tough girl role.

Hell comes to Frogtown is good fun to watch. It is saved from B movie hell by a good script, fine acting and the ability not to take itself seriously. It's no Planet of the Apes, but then it never claimed to be. It is great example of low budget sci-fi film making, and it is entertaining. It must of been quite successful as it spawned (oh that was a terrible pun!) two inferior sequels Hell Comes to Frogtown II (1993) and Hell Comes to Frogtown III : Toad Warrior (1996).

Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD
Picture 1.85:1 Very good quality considering the source material.
Audio Dolby Stereo Nice and Clear
Features Directors commentary
Trailer
Verdict For such an obsure film it is good to see such a clean transfer and even a few extras.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Reviewed by Glitz Back Top Home