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The following statement appears in end credits: " Special thanks to: City of Vernon; Fire Inspector Walter Sumner; Tony Randel; Gail Katz; Ron Max; Roy Cox; Stacy L. Bettman; Geraldine Kudaka; Clifford Davidson; Michael Anthony Martt; Lee Anna McConnell; Roger Mack; and Fred Olen Ray." The film is "dedicated to Frederick Stephani, Ford Beebe, Robert Hill, [and] Ray Taylor." The following acknowledgement also appears: “'The Frog Prince,' illustrations copyright © 1974 by James Marshall, all rights reserved, used with permission.”
       A 5 Jun 1987 LAHExam news item stated that Hell Comes to Frogtown was filming secretly in Los Angeles, CA, due to the fact that it was a non-union project. An 11 Nov 1987 Var production chart listed Aug 1987 as a production date, suggesting the film was in production for at least two months.
       According to an 8 Jun 1988 Var news item, Hell Come to Frogtown opened in theaters in Jan 1988 in Texas. New World Video released a home video version on 21 Jun ... More Less

The following statement appears in end credits: " Special thanks to: City of Vernon; Fire Inspector Walter Sumner; Tony Randel; Gail Katz; Ron Max; Roy Cox; Stacy L. Bettman; Geraldine Kudaka; Clifford Davidson; Michael Anthony Martt; Lee Anna McConnell; Roger Mack; and Fred Olen Ray." The film is "dedicated to Frederick Stephani, Ford Beebe, Robert Hill, [and] Ray Taylor." The following acknowledgement also appears: “'The Frog Prince,' illustrations copyright © 1974 by James Marshall, all rights reserved, used with permission.”
       A 5 Jun 1987 LAHExam news item stated that Hell Comes to Frogtown was filming secretly in Los Angeles, CA, due to the fact that it was a non-union project. An 11 Nov 1987 Var production chart listed Aug 1987 as a production date, suggesting the film was in production for at least two months.
       According to an 8 Jun 1988 Var news item, Hell Come to Frogtown opened in theaters in Jan 1988 in Texas. New World Video released a home video version on 21 Jun 1988.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
LAHExam
5 Jun 1987.
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Variety
11 Nov 1987.
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Variety
8 Jun 1988.
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Variety
27 Jul 1988.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures presents
a Donald G. Jackson production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Asst dir, Addl photog
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Prod, Addl photog
PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting dir
Key grip
Asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Best boy elec
Best boy-grip
Grip/Elec
Cine, Addl photog
Gaffer, Addl photog
Key grip, Addl photog
Asst cam, Addl photog
2d asst cam, Addl photog
Elec, Addl photog
Grip, Addl photog
Grip, Addl photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept asst
Art dir, Addl photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Medtech posters
Medtech posters
Set dec
Set dresser
Lead man
Const coord
Master carpenter
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
E. C. R. Belt
COSTUMES
Cost des
Costumer
Costumer
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Sd eff
Re-rec
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dial ed
ADR rec mixer
Foley artist
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main title des
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature eff unit
Creature animatronics
Opticals
MAKEUP
Spec make-up eff
Makeup & hair
Hairstylist
Makeup asst
Makeup, Addl photog
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting, Randy Stone Associates
Exec in charge of prod
Prod des
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod counsel
Casting asst
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Paramedic/Fireman
Paramedic/Fireman
Transportation coord
Honeywagon driver
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
Custom vehicle const
Asst to Mr. Barton
Asst to Mr. Barton
Vehicle mechanic
Vehicle mechanic
Asst to the prods
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Extras casting
Craft services
Craft services
Catering
Prod coord, Addl photog
Driver, Addl photog
Prod asst, Addl photog
Prod asst, Addl photog
Post prod services
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
January 1988
Premiere Information:
Texas opening: January 1988
Production Date:
summer 1987
Copyright Claimant:
New World Entertainment, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
16 February 1988
Copyright Number:
PA359249
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Technicolor®
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29877
SYNOPSIS

A nuclear war in the “late twentieth century” has caused civilization to crumble and frogs to mutate into humanoid creatures. Sam Hell, a wandering ne’er-do-well, is saved from a brutal interrogation at the hands of Captain Devlin, father of a girl Sam is accused of molesting, by the arrival of Patton and Lt. Spangle, two female Medtech officers. They inform Devlin his daughter is pregnant, meaning Sam is one of the few fertile men left in the world and therefore a national treasure. For Sam’s protection, Devlin is reassigned to border patrol duty. Clad in a metallic codpiece, Sam is transported to Medtech headquarters, where he is given the choice of joining the organization or being returned to Devlin. As his main duty will be impregnating women to rebuild the waning human population, he joins. However, he learns that his first mission is to accompany Lt. Spangle to Frogtown and rescue a group of women who Commander Toty, the leader of the “Greenies,” has captured to impregnate them. He is also ordered to discover who is supplying guns to the Greenies. Spangle and Sam go outside and meet Corporal Centinella, a female soldier with a fifty-caliber machine gun mounted on her pink truck. Upon reaching the border, they find Devlin commanding two soldiers. Devlin orders Sam arrested, but Centinella threatens to shoot him with the machine gun. A disgruntled Devlin lets them pass. A short time later, Sam asks to relieve himself. Once out of the truck, he runs away until his codpiece beeps and stuns him. Spangle informs Sam that the codpiece is designed to ... +


A nuclear war in the “late twentieth century” has caused civilization to crumble and frogs to mutate into humanoid creatures. Sam Hell, a wandering ne’er-do-well, is saved from a brutal interrogation at the hands of Captain Devlin, father of a girl Sam is accused of molesting, by the arrival of Patton and Lt. Spangle, two female Medtech officers. They inform Devlin his daughter is pregnant, meaning Sam is one of the few fertile men left in the world and therefore a national treasure. For Sam’s protection, Devlin is reassigned to border patrol duty. Clad in a metallic codpiece, Sam is transported to Medtech headquarters, where he is given the choice of joining the organization or being returned to Devlin. As his main duty will be impregnating women to rebuild the waning human population, he joins. However, he learns that his first mission is to accompany Lt. Spangle to Frogtown and rescue a group of women who Commander Toty, the leader of the “Greenies,” has captured to impregnate them. He is also ordered to discover who is supplying guns to the Greenies. Spangle and Sam go outside and meet Corporal Centinella, a female soldier with a fifty-caliber machine gun mounted on her pink truck. Upon reaching the border, they find Devlin commanding two soldiers. Devlin orders Sam arrested, but Centinella threatens to shoot him with the machine gun. A disgruntled Devlin lets them pass. A short time later, Sam asks to relieve himself. Once out of the truck, he runs away until his codpiece beeps and stuns him. Spangle informs Sam that the codpiece is designed to shock him if he gets out of range, or explode if he removes it. She warns she can activate it by touching her earrings. That night, Spangle emerges from her tent wearing camouflage lingerie and attempts to seduce Sam. He brushes against her earring and his codpiece shocks him, ruining the mood. The next day, Spangle tells Sam her plan of attack. Believing she is suicidal, Sam demands to be let out of the truck. As the vehicle drives away, the codpiece begins beeping. Fearing it will explode if he lags behind, Sam runs after the truck. Hours later, an exhausted Sam stumbles into camp just as a motion sensor indicates human life nearby. They find one of the missing women so traumatized that Centinella is forced to bind her for her own safety. After Spangle determines the woman is ovulating, she orders Sam to have sex with her. Sam refuses. Thinking it is due to the woman’s delirium, Spangle administers a drug that changes the girl’s rage into passion. When Sam declares he is not aroused, Spangle, who has been trained in the art of seduction, attempts an erotic dance. At first Sam is amused, but soon is able to do his duty. The next morning, the woman tells Spangle where the other girls are being held. She is sent back to the border where a helicopter awaits to take her to Medtech. Spangle changes into a slave girl costume and Sam straps a Samurai sword to his back. Leaving Centinella with the truck, Sam leads Spangle by a leash to Frogtown. In a bar full of fully-dressed frogs who are drinking and gambling, they meet Arabella, a half-frog, half-human erotic dancer, who tells Spangle she loves her, a code phrase meaning Arabella is working for Medtech. Sam runs into "Looney Tunes," a friend from before the war. After explaining he is helping the frogs mine uranium, Tunes introduces Sam to Leroy, the frog bar owner. Leroy offers Sam sixty lilies for Spangle, but before they can finish their transaction, “Bull,” a large bullfrog, arrives and shuts Leroy’s bar down for negotiating with humans. Bull informs Sam he will pay five lilies for Spangle. When Sam objects, Bull knocks him unconscious. When Sam comes to in the arms of Arabella, she informs him Spangle is now part of Toty’s harem. Overjoyed that their plan is working, Sam asks Arabella how he can repay her and she hurls herself on him, demanding sex. Sam is saved when his codpiece beeps, indicating Spangle is out of range and he must find her before it blows. At Toty’s headquarters, Arabella gets caught in a net and directs Sam to a nearby tunnel. Sam finds himself on a catwalk looking down at Toty meeting Count Sodom, a gas-mask-wearing human, who delivers a shipment of shotguns. Once Sodom leaves, Sam sees Spangle, but before he can help her, he falls off the catwalk and is again knocked unconscious. Spangle is taken to the harem room where the women she was sent to rescue perform a ritual to arouse her passion. Before Spangle gives into the ritual spell, however, she conveys her plan for rescuing the women, who pass a silk fabric over Spangle’s body, rubbing her earring. In a dungeon, Sam is chained to a wall when Bull informs him he plans to cut off his codpiece with a chainsaw. Sam protests it will blow up if removed. Doubting Medtech would risk losing a fertile male, Bull cuts it off and nothing happens. An infuriated Sam believes he has been tricked until the removed codpiece blows up. Back in the tunnels, Arabella orders Tunes to the surface and signals Centinella to pick them up. She then finds Sam in the dungeon and releases him. Bull appears and stabs her with a giant drill. Sam yanks the drill from Arabella and kills Bull. When Arabella stops breathing, Sam recovers his sword and searches for Spangle. In the harem, Spangle reaches the pitch of her passion. Before guards drag her out, Crosse, one of the girls, beseeches her to hold on to her passion or she will not survive the “Dance of the Three Serpents.” Spangle is brought before Toty and commanded to dance. Under the influence of the ritual, her movements become sinewy and erotic. Toty lifts his robe to display three penises. Spangle kicks him in the groin. Sam crashes through the door and guns down two guards, but Toty escapes. They gather the female prisoners, hear the truck’s horn blaring, and run to the surface. There, they find Toty and four guards waiting for them. However, Tunes fires a flare, blinding the frogs. Sam gets the women to the truck, followed by the wounded Tunes. Spangle jumps behind the wheel and they escape. As Tunes dies from his wounds, an artillery shell drops nearby. Looking back, they see an armored jeep chasing them. Spangle outraces the frogs into a mountain pass, when Count Sodom appears and fires a rocket grenade, blowing a hole in their path. Sodom removes his mask to reveal he is Devlin. After ordering everyone out of the truck, Devlin explains he has been trading guns for uranium so he can build his own atomic bomb. Sam unsheathes his sword and hurls it through Devlin’s chest. Still clutching the grenade launcher, Devlin drops his pistol and falls off a cliff. Sam grabs the pistol and rushes after him. Sam check’s Devlin’s body and thinks he is dead. However, as he walks away, he hears Devlin’s shoe scrape against a rock, spins and shoots Devlin. Hearing an explosion, Sam runs back to find the truck has blown up. Hearing Toty’s jeep approach, Sam hides in the bushes. When Toty arrives, Sam points the grenade launcher at the jeep and orders the frog guards to run. He pulls the trigger, but his grenade does not fire. As Sam draws his sword, Toty leaps at him, knocks the sword aside and beats him with webbed hands. Sam pushes the frog leader off the cliff, but Toty grabs Sam’s legs and holds on. Sam recovers his sword and severs Toty’s hand, causing him to fall to his death. Sam and Spangle embrace, and everyone piles into Toty’s jeep. As they drive home, Spangle tells Sam that she can arrange a two-week leave for them after he impregnates the rescued women. Sam declares “a soldier’s work is never done.” +

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