FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Roddy Piper Tribute Feat. They Live & Hell Comes to Frogtown (w/ Sandy King & Randall Frakes in person!)

Live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper was the first wrestling superstar to become a legitimate actor, paving the way for many others, including the now A-list Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His most famous big-screen role, in John Carpenter’s seminal masterpiece of Reagan-era paranoia, They Live, is Nada, a homeless everyman trying to navigate a Los Angeles that has been secretly taken over by skull-faced aliens. With an unforgettable Piper/Keith David smackdown at its center, the film went on to become a cult classic and its “OBEY” message was adopted (ironically) by famous street artists like Shepard Fairey.

Lesser known but no less noteworthy is Hell Comes to Frogtown, a post-apocalyptic tale in which Piper plays Sam Hell, the last man on earth with viable sperm, who for some reason is sent into a forbidden zone run by mutant frogmen. Best high concept pitch ever? Come help us honor the passing of this legend of both screen and wrestling arena with a once-in-a-lifetime double feature!

Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, DCP, 93 min.

Dir. Donald G. Jackson & R.J. Kizer, 1988, Digital Presentation, 86 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!