Hell Comes to Frogtown

Hell Comes to Frogtown

A new breed of enemy has taken over the world... Sam Hell has come to take it back.

19881 h 28 min

'Hell' is the name of the hero of the story. He's a prisoner of the women who now run the USA after a nuclear/biological war. Results of the war are that mutants have evolved, and the human race is in danger of extinction due to infertility. Hell is given the task of helping in the rescue of a group of fertile women from the harem of the mutant leader (resembling a frog). Hell cannot escape since he has a bomb attached to his private parts which will detonate if he strays more than a few hundred yards from his guard.

Director Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer
Runtime 1 h 28 min
Release Date 1 January 1988
Movie Media DVD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

Hell Comes to Frogtown is an example of a film coming just shy of being an 80s cult classic B-movie. So, this is a post-apocalypse (nuclear war) story. The radiation has created a bunch of mutants and left the majority of human survivors infertile. The main character, Hell, signs on with the corporation controlling what remains of humanity to avoid prison/a death sentence. Since his reproductive abilities are now their property, they fit him with some metal chastity underwear that doubles as a bomb. And then send him, a woman soldier, and a sexy scientist to rescue fertile females who were captured by mutants.

If anything, that summary grossly understates how ridiculous the movie is. For the era and the budget, the special effects were pretty decent in this movie. The mutant costumes were somewhere in-between the cantina scene in the original Star Wars and monsters from Power Rangers. By no means a special effects masterpiece, but perfect for Hell Comes to Frogtown being what it is. The set seemed to be going for a Mad Max vibe but with the budget of a 60s television show. A cheap one. Without adjusting for inflation since then.

The acting is roughly on par with the costumes and set. The actors were clearly trying, but they were fully aware of what kind of movie they were in. By the point this movie was made, there had been a lot of post-apocalypse films. Mad Max, Escape from New York, Night of the Comet…the list goes on and on. Hell Comes to Frogtown was clearly meant to parody these other films in a lot of ways (particularly Mad Max).

As cheesy as it all was, the film falls a little short of the “so bad its good” mark. The film was bad and hilarious, but those scales tipped a bit more towards “bad” than “good”. It ultimately fails to obtain that equilibrium, or tip the scales more in the other direction, to be a true cult classic. Is Hell Comes to Frogtown a funny parody? Yes. But it is no Spaceballs. If you love old MST3K worthy B-movies, then this is a film for you. Otherwise, stick with the dedicated cult classics.

January 27, 2019

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