DailyView: Day 118, Movie 191
Going through Shudder to try and find a good movie for the DailyView tonight and I stumbled across the thumbnail with a picture of the awesome Roddy Piper on it. It was a movie called “Hell Comes to Frogtown,” a film I had never heard of before. It was released in 1988, which was the same year that Piper starred in John Carpenter’s They Live. Quite the year for Hot Rod.
After a worldwide nuclear war, 68% of the male population was wiped out and most of the surviving men had become sterile. A virile man was rare. Sam Hell (Roddy Piper) turned out to be extremely virile and was recruited by the government to become a breeder. Along with Spangle (Sandahl Bergman), a government agent out to make sure he followed the instructions, Sam went into Frogtown to attempt a rescue of a group of fertile women from the clutches of the humanized frogs.
What a silly movie this is. You could tell what it was going to be when we found out that the government had placed a booby trap on Sam Hell’s crotch, a device that would send a shock through him if he got too far away from Spangle. It was triggered by the earrings she wore. I, of course, would have chopped off her head and took it with me so I would not have to worry about it again, but that is just me.
Roddy Piper is easily the best part of this movie. He is extremely charming and has a pretty good screen presence. He is not the greatest actor around, but he does have qualities that make him entertaining to watch.
The story is ridiculous and the humanized frogs are funny, which, I am guessing, they are not supposed to be.
This is full of cheesy action and silly dialogue, but the charisma of Piper and Bergman help make this at least engaging. Probably a guilty pleasure.