Posts Tagged ‘Fraternity Vacation’

Hamburger The MovieIt’s been a while since the last Cheeseball Cinema post that I did so I figured it was time to return with one for all of you and it was one that crossed my mind the first time I saw it on Youtube. You see I was watching the film Fraternity Vacation with Leigh McCloskey (Just One Of The Guys) when I saw Hamburger: The Motion Picture on the suggestion and I saved it to my watch later list. In this film Leigh plays Russell, a college kid who seems to not be able to get women off of him and it gets him kicked out of three colleges. You see his grandfather passed away and left him money, but it’s frozen until Russell can graduate from college. So, he sees an ad for Hamburger University where if he graduates he not only gets the money, but he’ll get his own franchise and he’ll have to keep himself out of trouble. The film also stars Maria Richwine (The Buddy Holly Story) as Conchita, NFL Legend Dick Butkus as Drootin, Randi Brooks (The Man With Two Brains) as Mrs. Vonk, Chuck McCann (Ducktales) as Dr. Mole, Jack Blessing (Paranorman) as Nacio Herb Zipser, Charles Tyner (Cool Hand Luke) as Lyman Vonk, Debra Blee (Savage Streets) as Mia Vonk, Chip McAllister (Weekend Pass) as Magneto Jones, Barbara Whinnery (Hot To Trot) as Sister Sara, Karen Mayo-Chandler (Hard To Die) as Dr. Gotbottom, and the film was directed by Mike Marvin (The Wraith). 

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Clockwise from left: Randi Brooks (X2), Karen Mayo-Chandler, and Maria Richwine

Let me start off by saying that this is one cheesy film that looks and sounds like an 1:30 infomercial for sex and hamburgers. Poor McCloskey never had a chance in this film as this is one of his starring roles, but right from the start the opening credits look and sound like a commercial or PSA on hamburgers. It has everything you would expect from a cheesy 80’s film like the weird scientist, the sexy ladies, and the clumsy nerd that everyone loves. So with some of that being aid, there is plenty of T&A to serve to the 80’s cheesy sex comedy fan and Randi Brooks is an absolute fox in this film. The NFL legend Dick Butkus actually does a terrific job in this film playing the jealous brute drill sergeant in the film and I can see why he had some sort of a movie career. There is a lot of great cheesy 80’s flicks just like this one lying around somewhere that needs to be viewed by someone and that someone might as well be me. For the most part everyone in the film did a good job as far as acting and you have to love the various sets in the film as creative as they were. The film was based loosely on fast food jobs and apparently an actual university that McDonald’s would put you through and this film serves as a pretty good source of social commentary on our obsession with fast food burger joints and how bad they are. On a scale of one being close to an A list Hollywood Film and five being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give this one a 3.8 for a final grade.

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Savage StreetsFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I’ve been foaming at the mouth to be able to get a chance to see some of Linda Blair’s 80’s films since I had a huge crush on Linda Blair (Chained Heat) at one point in my life after seeing some pics of her in the 80’s. I’ve been waiting a long time to see the film Savage Streets which is a typical 80’s style vigilante action film that stars Linda Blair as the beautiful, but tough chick named Brenda. Brenda is just as caring as she is tough after all she has to constantly look out for her deaf sister Heather (Linnea Quigley) who was almost hit by some idiots in a gang called The Scars. After pissing her off over this, Brenda and her friends decide to get some revenge on the guys by stealing their car and trashing it which royally pisses off their leader Jake (Robert Dryer). In retaliation, Jake and the gang rape Brenda’s sister Heather and they kill her pregnant friend Francine (Lisa Freeman) which sets off a chain of events causing Brenda to declare war and revenge on the gang. The film also stars John Vernon (Fraternity Vacation) as Underwood, Johnny Venocur (Lord Of Illusions) as Vince, Sal Landi (Bulletproof) as Fargo, Scott Mayer as Red, Debra Blee (The Beach Girls) as Rachel, Ina Romeo (Escape From LA) as Stella, Luisa Leschin (Rain Man) as Maria, Mitch Carter (American Beauty) as Greg, Kristi Somers (Rumble Fish) as Valerie, Rebecca Perle (Not Of This Earth) as Cindi Clark, and the film was directed by Danny Steinmann (Friday The 13TH Part V: A New Beginning).

Linda Blair Savage StreetsI truly feel that ever since Death Wish with Charles Bronson was released in the US in 1974, that a lot of filmmakers felt that they could make some money with the Vigilante Action genre especially in the 80’s. You have to also remember that Class Of 1984 was released in 1982 and that was an amazing film that made the same kind of impact as Blackboard Jungle in 1955 and so you can see why Savage Streets was made. On of the things I always notice when watching a film for Cheeseball Cinema is the acting because it’s either too cheesy or just good enough and this film has to land in between both of those. Linda Blair tried to play this tough, bad ass bitch that you don’t mess with in this film while when her deaf sister shows up, you instantly see her soft side. Her character made more sense at times if the film was based in New York some where in the five boroughs. Other than that, the acting was actually pretty decent and the cinematography wasn’t too shabby either. One thing is for sure and that there is plenty of T&A and a really long scene that features a lot of ladies in the showers so you’ll be sure to enjoy it, but again I was more concerned in seeing the beautiful Linda Blair. The film does of course feature the scream queen herself right before what I consider to be her best role in The Return Of The Living Dead in Linnea Quigley and her world famous graveyard scene, but she does an amazing job in this movie playing the deaf and mute Heather. You can find this film on Youtube if you really want to check it out for yourself. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 2.4 for a final grade.

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fraternity vacationI have to be honest with all of you when I say that tonight’s choice for a Cheeseball Cinema film came from a very unlikely source. I was at one of my jobs when I saw a commercial for AARP Life Insurance and I recognized the actor on the screen from one of the Police Academy films. The actor was Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential) and after searching on his IMDB account I came across this rare 80’s gem known as Fraternity Vacation. The film stars Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption), Cameron Dye (Valley Girl), and Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) as members of a fraternity that go on vacation in Palm Springs thanks to a nerd named Wendell (Geoffreys) and his family. You see Mother (Robins) and Joe (Dye) promised Wendell’s father that they’d get his son a girl in exchange for a hut tub and Jacuzzi back at the school. They also run into a couple of guys from a rival fraternity (Leigh McCloskey and Matt McCoy) and a bet ensues as to who will nail the hottest girl (Sheree J. Wilson) at the apartments first. The film also stars Amanda Bearse (Fright Night) as Nicole, John Vernon (Dirty Harry) as Chief Ferret, the always beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as Chrissie, Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Marianne, Max Wright (ALF) as Mr. Tvedt, and the late Charles Rocket (Earth Girls Are Easy) as Madman Mac. 

Barbara Crampton and Kathleen KinmontFirst thing’s first and that is you have to remember that this is an 80’s comedy that was tailor made for young men in their late teens, probably college kids with lots of testosterone and that is why there is plenty of T&A in these films. It was the decade of decadence after all and the films reflected that in a big way as sex wasn’t so taboo anymore. There’s a couple of scenes in the film that focus on the T&A with Crampton and Kinmont in one and Sheree J. Wilson in the other one. The film has it’s funny moments and it’s actually a really good film which I’m surprised that I had never heard of this before. The irony in the film is that Wendell is this nerd they don’t believe can get laid on his own, but in reality he’s the one whose getting luckier than all of them. I loved that about this film and I do want to say that Geoffreys is perfect for roles like this because his face always lent him to these types of films perfectly, but I just found out that he became an adult film actor after the 80’s. One of the other funny facts about this film is that I looked up Theta Pi Sigma which is their fraternity in this film and it’s actually the first ever Gay friendly fraternity. I wonder if they watched this film at all. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film if all time, I am going to give this film a two for a final grade.

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