Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz!
I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “So Bad it’s Good” with a minor in Jeff Goldblum) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week, it’s Hell Comes to Frogtown!
A new breed of enemy has taken over the world… Sam Hell has come to take it back.
The great nuclear holocaust has come and gone, and humanity is hanging on a string. Women rule what’s left, and the world is filled with giant mutant humanoid frogs who have started their own communities. Fertile human males have become one of the rarest things on Earth. When Sam Hell is caught and tried for raping a woman, the government realizes that he is fertile, straps a bomb to his loins and forces him to go deep into froggy territory to bring back the fertile women stolen by the amphibian’s leader.
Released in 1988, Hell Comes to Frogtown stars Pro-Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper and Sandahl Bergman as Spangle, the ‘action girl romantic interest’, who you might recognize as Valeria, the ‘action girl romantic interest’ from in Conan the Barbarian.
It was directed by cult-film writer/director Donald G. Jackson known for such gems as and “Mimes: Silent But Deadly”, “Lingerie Kickboxer”, and “Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown”. Jackson had made New World Pictures a lot of money with his super low budget film “Roller Blade” about a futuristic society in which rebels fight fascists with the help of a group of roller skating nuns, so they gave him a slightly bigger chunk of cash to go make a movie out of his idea for Hell Comes to Frogtown, who’s title was inspired by the real life neighborhood of Frogtown in Saint Paul, Minnisota.
Jackson directed alongside R.J. Kizer who gave up directing shortly thereafter to become a sound engineer and has since gone on to work on everything from “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Rise of Planet of the Apes” to “Jingle All the Way” and “Street Fighter” the movie.
The star, Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs, more commonly known by his ring name “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is a Canadian Pr Wrestler and is considered one of the greatest talkers and villain characters in wrestling history. He is also one of the most frequent pro-wrestling faces in film, more even than Hulk Hogan or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, having acted in 85 films, 4 of which are in pre-production right now. Hell comes to Frogtown was one of Roddy’s first films, released 11 months prior to his most famous appearance in John Carpenter’s “They Live” and his most famous line: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
Hell Comes to Frogtown has “spawned” a few notable Sequels and Spinoffs including the 1993 direct to VHS sequel “Return to Frogtown” and “Toad Warrior” released in 1996 and then re-released as “Max Hell Frog Warrior” in 2002. None of the original cast returned for any of the sequels and “Toad Warrior” and “Max Hell Frog Warrior” were both directed using a technique known as Zen Filmmaking, which basically means that neither films had a script.
Deep, right? Think about that for a second…
In fact, the guy who plays Sam Hell in the sequel is named Robert Z’Dar who, among other things, played the bearded samurai character in Samurai Cop, and has one of the biggest chins we have ever seen…cartoonishly big. He’s like a real life version of Quagmire from Family Guy. And speaking of Family Guy, Hell Comes to Frogtown is actually a title reference for an episode of Family Guy called “Hell Comes to Quahog”. So we’ve come full circle.
Hell comes to Frogtown made a scant $12.3 million off an even scanter budget of $7 million and with a 5.2 on IMDB and a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s the second highest rated film we’ve seen this semester beating out Torque and only falling short of Big Trouble and Little China’s scores of 7.2 and 86%.
You all know how much we love giving you the best of the worst, but since we can’t send you all to Hell, we brought Hell to you. The Supercult show is proud to present, Hell Comes to Frogtown!