A while ago, it came to my attention that there are people in the world who have not seen They Live.
This is understandable. They Live can sneak past you. It looks as if it ought to be a really, really terrible movie.
I mean, Roddy Piper is the 80’s sci-fi leading man you hire when you can’t afford Kurt Russell. And They Live shows on TV in terrible-movie timeslots. And a precis of the plot could easily leave you with the conclusion that the movie is just a Twilight Zone episode padded out to ninety minutes.
And a lot of its fans only seem to remember the big fight scene, and a quote involving bubble gum.
But They Live is actually pretty freakin’ awesome. If you have not seen it, I really must insist that you do.
This subject came up on the excellent, though not terribly well confined to its stated purpose, Skeptic discussion list. Someone mentioned that if you like one sci-fi B movie with Roddy Piper in it, you’d better see another - namely, Hell Comes To Frogtown.
I have now seen that second film.
At first glance, Frogtown appears to have all of the same problems as They Live.
And at second, third and all subsequent glances… it still does. It’s terrible. But quite funny.
Frogtown also continues the sterling reputation of the amazingly popular Vasquez Rocks shooting location. If you visit Vasquez Rocks and don’t see a starship’s away team and/or someone having an unconvincing fistfight with a man in a reptile suit, I think you may justifiably demand monetary compensation from the government.
I think I may manage to survive without seeing Frogtown’s several inexplicable sequels, though. This despite the fact that, in the first sequel, the Roddy Piper role is reprised by the inimitable - and I use the word advisedly - Robert Z’Dar.