Hell Comes To Frogtown
New World Pictures (1988)
Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had a long and interesting film career. The strangest movie from his filmography has got to be the 1988 cult classic Hell Comes To Frogtown, which has just turned 35 years old.
The story takes place in a nuclear wasteland in which nearly all of the male inhabitants are infertile. One of the exceptions to this rule is a criminal named Sam Hell (Roddy Piper) who is captured by a group of female doctors and warriors who want to use him to impregnate the fertile women in their group.
Unfortunately, these fertile women have recently been kidnapped by a race of mutant humanoid frogs and are being held as sex slaves in Frogtown. Don't you hate it when that happens?
Before Sam Hell can serve as their breeding stud, he is tasked with being part of a team that will attempt to infiltrate Frogtown and rescue the kidnapped women. Hell isn't a willing participant in any of this, so they lock him into a pair of explosive underwear with a remote controlled bomb that will go off if he tries to run away.
So, off they go to Frogtown and an encounter with the the mutant humanoid frogs, and let me tell you, these things are truly a sight to behold.
Hell and his group are captured in Frogtown, so our band of heroes must find a way to not only rescue the kidnapped women, but to escape without being killed or succumbing to The Dance of the Three Snakes. I'm not even going to attempt to describe what this dance is referring to... you're just going to have to see it for yourself.
Hell Comes To Frogtown is available to stream for free on Tubi and Pluto. It's also been available on a YouTube channel called Retro TV, but you never know how long things like that can last when they're added to YouTube. It's showing that it was uploaded five years ago, so if you should still be able to watch it if you click the link above, but there's always Tubi and Pluto if they ever take it down.
|The Victoria Advocate - Victoria, TX (January 29, 1988)
Hell Comes To Frogtown isn't the type of movie that typically received a wide theatrical distribution back in the 80's but it was shown at some cinemas and drive-in theaters. The earliest listing I could find for it was for a screening on January 29th, 1988 at the Playhouse Cinema 4 in Victoria, Texas.
Despite it not setting the world on fire at the box office, the movie went on to become a cult classic at rental stores and on late night television. I discovered it on USA Up All Night when I was ten years old. The episode was hosted by Gilbert Gottfried, who smoked cigars while riding in the back of a limousine and proclaimed himself to be "the last fertile man in the world" as the movie came back from each commercial break.
I've never come across a complete recording of that episode of USA Up All Night with the movie intact, but someone has uploaded a compilation of Gilbert Gottfried's hosting segments to YouTube. The audio is a little out of sync and the picture is stretched out, but it'll at least give you a taste of late night hosted movies on cable tv from the early 90's in all of their cheesy glory. Enjoy!