In a post apocalyptic wasteland, virile mercenary Sam Hell (Roddy Piper) is captured for breeding stock by the female-run Medtech organisation. He’s then given the chance to gain his freedom, but it means heading into hostile mutant amphibian territory to rescue a group of fertile pilgrim women being held hostage by the notorious rebel commander Toty. And there’s no chance of escape, because Sam’s got a bomb attached – to his privates…
From Star Wars to Flash Gordon and Mad Max, this Planet of the Apes (with frogs!) oddity pays homage to those sci-fi classics with a futuristic comedy that well deserves its place as a cult cinema curio. Former wrestling star ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper plays the Sam Jones-inspired blonde beefcake hero who has to shag his way to freedom. But the sex on offer is all of the teasing semi-nude variety. And flashing the flesh is Conan/Red Sonja actress Sandahl Bergman, who is forced to ‘Dance or die’ in the film’s most memorable scene. Ee-gads!
If, like me, you missed this the first time round, when it graced many a video store shelf (and bargain bin), then the newly restored (limited edition) dual format Blu-ray/DVD release from Arrow in the UK is the best way to catch this wildly original 1980s sci-fi.
For more on the cult curio, check out Pete’s full review (just click here