Hell Comes to Frogtown

1988

Action / Comedy / Sci-Fi

26
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 4211

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Cast

William Smith as Captain Devlin / Count Sodom
Roddy Piper as Sam Hell
Lee Garlington as Briefing Officer
Sandahl Bergman as Spangle
720p.BLU
699.90 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 0 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 7 / 10

"You have aroused the three snakes!"

"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.

Reviewed by jamesgandrew 7 / 10

Decent b-movie with a sense of humour

Hell Comes to Frogtown is a film that many might label as a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie trying to capitalise on the success of Mad Max. However, many ideas in this film were subsequently ripped off in Mad Max Fury Road!

You have the whole Handmaiden's Tale idea of women being used as slaves to breed. Not to mention there's a character who has a striking resemblance to Chalize Theoron's Furiosa!

Roddy Piper (They Live) plays Sam Hell who's captured by the government and must rescue their female slaves from a mutant frog gang.

While this isn't a great film, it does have a good sense of humour and has a b-movie charm.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 3 / 10

Just awful

HELL COMES TO FROGDOWN is an excruciating B-movie comedy in which the heroic Hell, played by former wrestler Roddy Piper, is released from a jail in a post-apocalyptic world and sent on a rescue mission to free a group of beautiful women from the harem of an evil mutant frog-man. Yes, I didn't make that up, that's really what this film is about and it's just as unbelievably cheesy as it sounds.

Like most viewers who aren't wrestling fans, I know really know Piper from his role in Carpenter's likable THEY LIVE. By comparison, he's very poor here, stilted and lacking in charisma as well as acting ability. Not many of the cast are much better, although at least there are parts for welcome actors like biker star William Smith, Nicholas Worth (DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE!), old-timer Rory Calhoun, and the ever-statuesque Sandahl Bergman (CONAN THE BARBARIAN).

HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN isn't even an example of so-bad-it's-good film-making. Instead, this is so-bad-it's-just-bad. You'll struggle not to cringe during the excruciating seduction scenes between Piper and the women, and laugh at the frog men costumes. There isn't even much action here to enjoy, just lame comedy and endless inanity. It's a bomb.

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