Monday, June 25, 2018

Podcast: Street Asylum (1990)

Direct download.

Another early 90s moral decay police brutality movie with fascist overtones and mild sci-fi elements, it’s 1990’s Street Asylum, from director Gregory Dark, the man who brought you such classics as New Wave Hookers 4, Hootermania, Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout White Chicks, and Mandy Moore’s “Walk Me Home” music video (she presumably wants to have you walk her home so she isn’t murdered by cops).

Arliss Ryder (Wings Hauser, again) is a good cop wanting to do better, so after getting shot in the lower back he joins the police S.Q.U.A.D. of psychotic aggressive cops who murder innocent people, created by mayoral candidate Jim Miller (played by Watergate break-in mastermind G. Gordon Liddy). When his maniac partners—including a giggling sexual predator known as “Joker” (Sy Richardson)—repeatedly murder innocent people and then commit suicide, Ryder begins to suspect something is up.

It turns out the cops have mind-controlling microchips implanted in their lower spines that make them have persistent ‘roid rage, and Ryder is determined to stop it at all costs, even if that cost is to dress his girlfriend up in bondage gear to seduce a mustachioed politician.

Some Notes:
  • Available on VHS on Amazon, or for free (with Spanish subtitles) on YouTube.
  • Brion James also plays a street preacher who sets a pimp on fire for no reason, but I didn't know where to fit that into the synopsis.
  • Our casting choices for the 2018 remake:
    • Nick
      • Arliss: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
      • Joker: Michael B. Jordon
      • Reverend Mony: Willem Dafoe
      • Jim Miller: Harvey Weinstein
    • Chris
      • Arliss: Ian Zeiring
      • Joker: Donald Glover (doing a Danny Glover imitation)
      • Pimp: Bobby Moynihan
      • Jim Miller: Sebastian Gorka

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