Director(s) – Donald G. Jackson (The Devil’s Pet, Lingerie Kickboxer) and R.J. Kizer (Godzilla 1985, Death Ring)
Starring – Roddy Piper (They Live, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies), Sandahl Bergman (Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian), and William Smith (Island of Witches, Zombiegeddon)
Release Date – 1988
Rating – 3.5/5
Blu Release – 4.5/5
Tagline – “A new breed of enemy has taken over the world…Sam Hell has come to take it back”
I was a weird kid and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I loved going to the video stores in town. At one point there was two in my home town but after just a couple of years one of them closed down but the other was always reliable up until I was in high school. I rented so many movies and video games from them and many memories were forged talking to the owner and his father about some of the movies he rented.
One of the movies that I remember renting during my elementary school years was the 1988 sci-fi adventure film Hell Comes to Frogtown starring the late Rowdy Roddy Piper. I remember renting it several times during those years and when I was fully collecting films I was able to secure a decent copy on DVD. Recently Vinegar Syndrome released the film on blu and I was lucky enough to get a copy for review. Thanks Vin Syn!
**Spoiler Alert** The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear war. Humanity is dwindling and mutants, frog/human hybrids, are taking over. Most women are unable to bare children so the government is active in capturing fertile women to breed with fertile men. Fugitive Sam Hell (Piper) is a lifelong criminal that has left a string of pregnancies in his wake. When the government finally catches him they offer him a deal. He has to free a group of fertile women from the frogs and impregnate them and they will set him free. He agrees and his adventure into the wasteland and panties begins.**Spoiler Alert**
Hell Comes to Frogtown is one of those over the top post-apocalyptic action adventure flicks from the late 80s and early 90s that is far from perfect but still finds a way to entertain the viewer. I’ve always had fun with this one but it has been a minute since I watched it last. After watching it on VHS and DVD for years I have to say that this blu looks fucking phenomenal.
The acting in this one is cheesy. Like real fucking cheesy but I love that. The characters are somewhat cliched especially if you watched any type of film like this from the 90s prior to viewing this. However, they really make the film as fun as it is. I loved the cast and the characters really pull you into the story. Hell, if anything you can appreciate the dialogue from Piper.
The story for this one is simple, goofy, but entertaining. The world was ravaged by a nuclear war, a lot of the people are sterile and some are mutant frogs. Now the human race has to breed or face extinction. Pretty simple and the journey is fun. It is a bit predictable but the dialogue is fun enough.
Finally, if you are looking for a bloody mess then this one may not be for you. The make-up effects and prosthetics are fucking fantastic alone with the wardrobe but those of you wanting blood and gore you will be very disappointed. Overall, Hell Comes to Frogtown is a cheesy good time. It’s got some issues but nothing cult cinema fans can’t look past and the blu release from Vin Syn is a must for collectors. Check it out now.
Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm interpositive
Audio commentary with cinematographer/director Donald G. Jackson and writer/producer Randall Frakes
“Mean and Green” – a video interview with Randall Frakes
“Grappling with Green Gargantuans” – a video interview with lead actor “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
“Amphibian Armageddon” – a video interview with actor Brian Frank
“Creature Feature Creator” – a video interview with f/x artist Steve Wang
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles