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Forgotten Films of the Eighties

Surf Nazis Must Die!

By Bruce Curle `Published 2 years ago 3 min read

FORGOTTEN FILMS of the Eighties

Surf Nazis Must Die!

I am going to tell you a little about this 1987 film, who created it and some of the people that appeared in it. Afterwhich I will give you my rating of this "Forgotten Film of the Eighties"

This “B” Movie / Indie Film / Laugher was a 1987 post-apocalyptic action film about an earthquake that strikes the California coast. The amazing thing though was it seemed to be that only law enforcement and emergency services are destroyed by this event.

This film is the property of “Troma Entertainment” a small film company that created very low-budget films. Started in the 1970s, this film company created numerous “B” movies. In this California Surfer Gang Movie Producer, Writer and Director Peter George appear to have created this film classic for a few laughs and a lot of “Oh my God this is Awful” moments. Should you purchase the right to watch this film it will also give you a few, “I paid money for this” moments as well.

The hero of this film is actress Gail Neely know for her parts in “The Naked Gun 2 1/2 “and “Earth Girls are easy”. In this film, Gail Neely portrayed a grieving mother out for revenge when her son is murdered by a surfing group of thugs that call themselves the “Surf Nazis”. In one scene she enters a pawnshop, “I want a gun … one that’ take the head off a honky at twenty paces…” Her final scene in the film is mildly amusing and might be one of the best scenes of the entire movie.

Another performer in this film worth mentioning is actor Michael David Sonye also known as “Dukey Flyswatter” the singer from the horror punk band “Haunted Garage”. This classic “B” movie actor’s portrayal of “Mengele” was comical at times and worth a few rewinds. The classic weapon his character developed in the film, “The Switchboard” still makes me want to laugh.

Dawn Wildsmith one of the few that has kept appearing in film since this film was released, portrayed “Eva” It is worth noting that Dawn had at least five appearances in films during 1987. Four of which she received credits for. Dawn would actually win an award for her role in this film, at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival she received a “Guilty Pleasures” award for her portrayal of this mentally disturbed, Sex driven, murderous gang member,

Actor Barry Brenner who would portray “Adolf” in this film would disappear from movie credits after the Maniac Cop II. I will give him credit in this film, at times his character had long ranting lines in the film which were delivered well, especially if the audience viewing the film were intoxicated or asleep.

One of the surprising finds about this film was one of the young actors in this film. Tom Shell who would portray “Smeg” would have many more credits in film including credits as a Producer, Production Manager, Director, Writer, and even in Location Management. Tom Shell’s part in this film was limited but crucial to the story development. Yes, I did confess there was sort of a story to this film.


Things to Consider:

-Smeg’s head pushed into open mouth mural, interesting

-Surfing scenes overused and poorly used.

-Racist and sexual content over the top and poorly used.

-Fight Scenes worthy of poor theatre

- Big Biker Dude's Beard

- Momma’s final scene, amusing

-The trailer movie might be the best part of the film.

Final Rating - One STAR

Trailer Rating – Two Stars


About the Creator

Bruce Curle `

A Fifty something male that enjoys writing short stories, scripts and poetry. I have had many different types of work over my lifetime and consider myself fairly open minded and able to speak on many topics.

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