Double Feature: Def-Con4 and Hell Comes To Frogtown (DVD film review).

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Def-Con 4 (1985)

cast: Tim Choate, Lennore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Kate Lynch and Kevin King

Getting ‘Def-Con 4’ was a bonus with this twin film DVD because it gave an opportunity to see the late actor Tim Choate ten years prior to his most famous part as Zathros in ‘Babylon 5’ in a starring role.

The crew of the Nemesis, a satellite platform arrives back on Earth after a nuclear Armageddon, having finally contributed their own nukes to the war. With the captain, Walker (actor John Walsch), killed and cannibalised, Eva Jordan (actress Kate Lynch) the medic unconscious from the landing, Cecile Howe (actor Tim Choate) finds it difficult to find anyone he can trust in the remains of humanity. Nothing is helped when they are captured by Gideon Hayes (actor Kevin King) and his people and almost hanged. Howe escapes and prepares his own rescue and revolt. Unknown to the lot of them, an unfired nuke’s timer is quickly descending.

For a 1985 film, it holds up pretty well with much of its special effects budget spent in space for a short period and then physically with the carnage on Earth.

Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)

cast: Roddy Piper, Sahdahl Bergman and William Smith

The title of ‘Hell Comes To Frogtown’ is a bit of a misnomer. For ‘Hell’, read Sam Hell (actor Roddy Piper). He’s a lucky chap because after two nuclear wars, he’s one of the rarities, a man with a decent sperm count and very much in demand to propagate. When captured, two women are instructed to take him and his locked jockstrap to Frogtown to release and fertilise the women there. Doctor Spangle (actress Sandahl Bergmann) has a device to keep him in check from escaping by causing pain to his genitals should he stray. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Frogtown are evolved frogs and they have a love for human women and that means war.

Very much tongue-in-cheek and a lot of humour. In a post-apocalyptic world, it’s sort of like a ‘Mad Frogs’…sorry ‘Mad Max’’ situation. Until now, I’ve only ever seen the odd still but seeing the masks of the frog folk are rather convincing even by today’s standards.

GF Willmetts

April 2015

(Region 1 DVD: New World/Image Entertainment LK7759DVDLIT. 1 DVD 2 films of 85 and 86 minutes. Price: about £ 4.50 (UK) if you know where to look)

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