Hell Comes to Frogtown review – its so bad its good.

Posted on 27 January 2014
By Rebecca Baker
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After a ‘Big’ atomic War ravages our world it has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where only a few men and women are able to procreate. The hero, Sam Hell (Roddy Piper), must impregnate the earth with his ‘secret weapon’, and save a group of helpless women from mutant amphibians and their commander Toty.

Hell Comes to Frogtown takes the post-apocalyptic genre in a whole new direction, of arousal, genital explosives and on-the-nose dialogue that would make Tommy Wiseau cringe.

After being rescued by the female- run organization Med Tech, Sam is forced to wear a detonator on his privates, in order to protect the most valuable weapon in the universe.

Sam’s ‘chastity belt’ is controlled by his guard nurse Spangle (Sandahl Bergman), who is trained in the art of seduction, combat and the Dance of the Three Snakes. Spangle’s attempt at a femme fatale is even more amusing when coupled with the all- American hero Sam, whose controlled privates make him all the more vulnerable in dire situations.

When they eventually reach Frogtown Sam meets his old friend Looney Tunes (Rory Calhoun), who sets up a meeting to sell the undercover sex slave Spangle to Toty’s henchmen.

Eventually the entire company is captured by Toty, and the loved up Hell and Spangle are separated. While Bull tortures Sam with chainsaw, Spangle is put into a trance to perform the Dance of the Three Snakes, (a notable scene, where Bergman’s impressive dancing skills work better than she expected). Hell is freed and finally rescues Spangle, escaping Frogtown with the rest of the women.

Randall Frakes screenplay fluctuates between amusement and sexism, as women have an authoritative position but are used sexually by their government.

But, the film is saved by the absurdity of the mutant amphibians as the villains, and the bizarre situation that the human race finds itself in.

Hell comes to Frogtown does not stand on the same plinth as The Room or Rocky Horror, but it’s the absurdity in its storyline and characters that makes it a funny and entertaining Sci-Fi for the cult film fan.