Review: Hell Comes To Frogtown


Not your typical creature feature, in-fact, not your typical feature at all!

Hell goes to Frog-town is a seriously trippy movie, and it’s hard to see just what audience it was originally aimed at. Normally such a movie would have been a simple B-Movie ‘rip-off’ of a blockbuster of the time, but unless this is ‘Planet of the Apes’ replacing apes with frogs, god only knows the inspiration for this movie really was.

The plot is set in the future where radioactivity has made more than just the land baron. The majority of human women are infertile, and fertile men are a commodity. Survival is the key, and despite a matriarchal regime, having babies is something of a rarity, so much so in fact fertile men are owned by the army and ordered to seek out fertile women scattered throughout the wasteland and copulate. Amazingly enough, not all men are wanting to oblige - ‘Hell’ is one such guy. The whole human survival thing isn’t helped by the mutant frogmen who ravage the wilderness.

Something of a sex icon in the land, Hell is unwilling to submit to the demands of his government, however, when news reaches the top brass that a caravan of precious fertile women has been captured by the frog mutants he is forcibly conscripted. With his junk securely locked in the ‘knacker-attacker’ he must partake in a dangerous mission into the very stronghold of the frog leader ‘Toady’.

Absurdity aside the plot allows a canvas for plenty of laugh out loud innuendo, attractive women, some fireside frolicking and some action scenes which wouldn’t look out of place in the original Star Trek series. The creature design is amusing enough, and to be honest the effort placed in the rubber suits deserves an award, detailed to say the least; utterly ridiculous, but anatomically accurate! The one liners delivered by the male lead are really quite funny, and the first half of the movie is very good indeed. The violence in the movie is fairly limited, and of course many of the fight scenes are reminiscent of pantomime stage combat, but still it carries the tone and theme over nicely. Despite the budget the locations and sets are really quite well done with their theme being a cross between ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Total Recall’s’ bar scene.

Naturally the novelty wears off eventually, especially as in the later parts of the movie things seem to just go through the motions, but still it just about goes the distance.
Overall to critique this movie is an absurdity in itself. The title, plus the perfectly apt artwork on the Arrow release isn’t trying to fool anyone - B movie mayhem at its finest. Whilst it won’t be up for any award nominations, this, and a plethora of other reviews will all tell you the same thing: this movie is great fun, and if you are a fan of collectors editions then Arrows ‘limited to 1000 copies’ blu-ray release is sure to be something you want to pick up!

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