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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

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After a nuclear war, the survivors are divided between horribly mutated beings who live on desolate reservations and fertile women who are searching for scarce virile men in order to multiply and start a new human society.

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Donald G. Jackson (story), Randall Frakes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius LeFlore Julius LeFlore ... Squidlips
RCB RCB ... The Poor Dufus
Roddy Piper ... Sam Hell
William Smith ... Captain Devlin / Count Sodom
Sandahl Bergman ... Spangle
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Patton
Lee Garlington ... Briefing Officer
Cec Verrell ... Centinella
Suzanne Solari Suzanne Solari ... Runaway Girl
Kristi Somers ... Arabella
Rory Calhoun ... Looney Tunes
Cliff Bemis ... Leroy
Nicholas Worth ... Bull
Brian Frank Brian Frank ... Commander Toty
Danelle Hand Danelle Hand ... Crosse
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Storyline

'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. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam Hell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie score was recorded October 14, 1986, at Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, CA, with non-union musicians. Additional overdubs were recorded on October 15th at Record Trak in Hollywood (near the Paramount studios). See more »

Goofs

At the finale of the movie where Roddy Piper is fighting the villain, the climax of the fight he grabs a sword and cuts off his hand. As he falls from the cliff you see that he still has both hands. See more »

Quotes

Sam Hell: Eat lead, froggies!
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Featured in Movie Nights: Return to Frogtown (2012) See more »

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"You have aroused the three snakes!"
30 January 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Hell Comes to Frogtown" is an irresistible serving of 1980s cheese, a deliberately goofy send-up of the whole post-nuke action genre. It's engagingly silly from start to finish, with some choice bits of dialogue and fun performances. It offers more entertainment than a lot of mega buck Hollywood movies, beginning with its casting of wrestling star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in his first starring role.

Piper stars as Sam Hell, a scavenger & drifter in a future wasteland who is discovered to be an incredible stud. This makes him extremely valuable because the world is in very short supply of fertile males, so the government lays claim to him, and sends him on a mission to rescue and impregnate a group of fertile females that have been kidnapped by humanoid frogs otherwise known as "Greeners". He does this in the company of uptight but sexy Spangle (Sandahl Bergman) and gung ho soldier Centinella (Cec Verrell), and does battle with villains such as Commander Toty (Brian Frank) and Bull (Nicholas Worth).

The filmmakers have a good time with their casting choices, including the legendary William Smith (one of Bergmans' fellow cast members in "Conan the Barbarian") as the thuggish Captain Devlin, the highly amusing Rory Calhoun as grizzled old miner Looney Tunes, and Kristi Somers as helpful Greener Arabella. Roddy is charismatic and terrific as our jovial hero, and has some decent odd-couple chemistry with Bergman. Verrell regularly steals her scenes.

Effective lighting, by Enrico Picard and co-story author / producer / co-director Donald G. Jackson, and good production design by Dins Danielsen help to create just the right futuristic look. Verrell supplies some eye candy by removing her top. The frog masks designed by Steve Wang are most impressive. And there are enough laughs to make this pleasant viewing.

Followed by the sequel "Frogtown II" (with Robert Z'Dar as Sam Hell).

Seven out of 10.


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