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March 7, 2013 10:41 PM   Subscribe

World Gone Wild is a 1988 post-apocalyptic film with English pop singer Adam Ant as the villain. The entire film can be watched on YouTube. Via Armagideon Time.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (30 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
If in remember this gem correctly, the bad guy organization is a parody of Scientology.
posted by zippy at 10:42 PM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, memories. "Brother. Adam. Ours". or something. And yes, thinly-veiled digs at Scientology.
posted by mrbill at 10:43 PM on March 7, 2013


Ah, my bad. From the second link:

'Originally, Ant was supposed to read from an L. Ron Hubbard book, but the scientologist's got wind of this and threatened a lawsuit, resulting in its removal from the film. Alternatively, The Ant is now seen reading from "The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Manson"'
posted by zippy at 10:45 PM on March 7, 2013


If George Miller got 1% in royalties of the money Mad Max ripoffs make he could single-handedly fund the Australian film industry, whether from dozens of Italian films in aggregate or the sales for Fallout and RAGE combined.

I can't wait to see if World Gone Wild as good as Never Too Young To Die, where Gene Simmons is the villainous gang leader. Hell wasn't Iggy Pop in Hardware? There's a trend here.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:49 PM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Time now for the training montage. Towns folk learn to use hubcaps as deadly Frisbees

Razor boomerang in Mad Max 2 -> this - > razor Oriza plates in Wolves of the Calla -> wingsticks in RAGE. Hm.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:57 PM on March 7, 2013


Before that he played a pimp.
posted by Violet Hour at 11:00 PM on March 7, 2013


If Bruce Dern can't save Earth's forests in Silent Running, I don't care what he can do.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:15 PM on March 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


While we're on the Bruce Dern tip, I highly recommend the commentary track for Silent Running with Dern along with Doug Trumbull. (It's available at listentoamovie.com ; Silent Running is playing on Encore this month, and may be on Netflix)

Bruce has an uncanny knack for sounding absolutely "crazy as a drunk hobo" while simultaneously displaying an amazing ability to recall minutiae and anecdotes about shooting the film.

(He even found time to confirm a sort-of urban legend I'd heard about him years ago: that his career suffered because he was the only man to kill John Wayne in a movie*)

* or perhaps one of only a small few
posted by ShutterBun at 12:30 AM on March 8, 2013


where Gene Simmons is the villainous gang leader. Hell wasn't Iggy Pop in Hardware? There's a trend here.

Iggy was. And Carl McCoy.

And Lemmy is in...are you sitting down for this? Troma's Return to Nuke 'em High.
As the President of the United States of America.
Yes, Troma has made a FOURTH Nuke 'em High film.
Also starring Ron Jeremy dressed as Jesus doing bong hits.
There's a trailer. NSFW as one might expect for: gratuitous nudity for both genders, and gore.
posted by Mezentian at 1:52 AM on March 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Throw your safety overboard and join our insect nation.
posted by Redfield at 3:14 AM on March 8, 2013


This is the point that I admit that I have had Bruce Dern and Bruce Davison and Bruce Jenner hopelessly confused.

Holding the Lathe of Heaven and the Kardashians in my head at the same time was giving me a headache, so I'm glad to get that bit cleared up. Although I will likely come out of this with the idea that Laura Dern is Adam Ant.
posted by arha at 4:01 AM on March 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


Can I just say that I heartily endorse the "bad-movie-palooza" trend that the Blue seems to have taken of late?

Because I do. Between this and finding the bar that screens bad movies once a month, I'm pretty much in a permanent state of total glee.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:16 AM on March 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


This is the point that I admit that I have had Bruce Dern and Bruce Davison and Bruce Jenner hopelessly confused.

Well, Bruce Jenner was in his own cinematic masterpiece....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:18 AM on March 8, 2013


This also has Michael Pare and Catherine Mary Stewart? Oh eighties, my eighties...
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:19 AM on March 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Did you know that Bruce Dern is a runner?

Bruce Dern is cool personified, and his sympathetic roles are few but affecting. My favorite Dern film is The King of Marvin Gardens. In it, you can see Dern goading Jack Nicholson into running with him on the beach. This was apparently only partly scripted.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:14 AM on March 8, 2013


Michael Paré? Is this Eddie and the Cruisers III?
posted by steef at 5:29 AM on March 8, 2013


I've always thought Bruce Dern in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby as the stupid, patrician lout Tom Buchanan was absolutely brilliant.

(The film has aged fairly horribly & I'm hugely looking forward to Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby in May- but still, Dern's Tom Buchanan is going to be very hard to cap.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 5:42 AM on March 8, 2013


Thanks for this.

I would be more than happy if this thread became a repository of lesser-known post-apocalyptic films, no matter how bad.
Between this and finding the bar that screens bad movies once a month, I'm pretty much in a permanent state of total glee.
please tell me where this is. I WILL COMMUTE
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 5:52 AM on March 8, 2013


I have both the honor and the shame of announcing that I saw this movie in the theater upon original release. The TV commercials and the fact that Silent Running is one of my favorite movies of all time had me terribly, terribly excited when it came out.

I was... not disappointed, no. But if ever there was an object lesson in the difference between expectations and reality, it's this movie.
posted by hanov3r at 5:57 AM on March 8, 2013


please tell me where this is. I WILL COMMUTE

Behold: Berry Park in Williamsburg, home of Bad Movie Brooklyn!

I have literally only just found out about them so I can report on nothing except its existence.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:02 AM on March 8, 2013


Oh, I should also point out (without abusing the edit window) that one of the other reasons I was excited for this movie was that Catherine Mary Stewart had also starred in another low-budget post-apocalypse movie that I'd had a chance to see on video: Night of the Comet, now available for your entertainment on Netflix. Night of the Comet's worth watching, if just for the appearances of a half-his-current-size Robert "Chicotay" Beltran and Mary "Always Awesome" Woronov.

And, Stewart had also had a starring role in 1984's The Last Starfighter, aka "That Movie That Hanov3r Most Wished Was Real".
posted by hanov3r at 6:05 AM on March 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, wow, hanov3r, I saw "Night of the Comet" in the theater when I was a kid. That's about all I remember about it now.
posted by wintermind at 6:15 AM on March 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


In Sydney you can see bad movies at the Mu Meson Archives every week, screened by two of the nicest human beings on Earth. They showed the one with the plastic armor and the male hero who gets raped, but I can't remember the name. It was Italian.

Fallout 3 has at least two towns themes around giant ants, so they could have brought Adam Ant in to play the Ant-Agonizer. And then had you team up with XTC to defeat him.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:24 AM on March 8, 2013


OMG Thank you for this! It is one of my favorite Late Nite Cable movies from my youth and my VHS copy wore out a decade ago!

Has anyone done a Hardware FPP? It's another of my favorite postapocalyptopian movies.
posted by Cookiebastard at 7:10 AM on March 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Black Flag kills Ants
posted by caddis at 9:41 AM on March 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I took a stage combat class with David Doersch, who plays Daniel in the movie. The story he told us about this film is that a group of the cast were practicing some of the fight scenes in an office building a couple of floors off ground level. As the movie is post-apocalyptic they were fighting with pitchforks, chainsaws, etc. One of them happened to witness a purse snatching outside and the cast decided to take the law into their own hands.

Imagine, if you will, the poor robber who was chased down a city street by a group of oddly-dressed people wielding pitchforks and chainsaws screaming at the top of their lungs.
posted by justnathan at 10:29 AM on March 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


I've wanted to see Bruce Dern's "On the edge" for forever. Here's his description from the interview.

I made a running movie. Did you ever see it? It's called "On the Edge." It came out in 1986.... It's about the Dipsea race. Well it's about a guy who went to Mt. Camel Pius High School and in 1964 he made the Olympic team in 10,000 meters. And he's the hero of the Dipsea in that whole Marin County running revolution scene. And he took some money from plane tickets, cashed them in, and drove to two track meets where they'd sent him the money, and he was banned for life and couldn't compete in those Olympics. And vanishes. And 20 years later he comes back and suddenly appears at 47 years old, and he's going to run the Dipsea and nobody knows where he's been. And it's all about how he gets in shape, how he runs the race, how they keep him from running the race.
posted by zippy at 2:04 PM on March 8, 2013


Early Bruce Dern in the fondly remembered Outer Limits episode, The Zanti Misfits.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 2:30 PM on March 8, 2013


Oh, wow, hanov3r, I saw "Night of the Comet" in the theater when I was a kid. That's about all I remember about it now.

I saw it in theaters as well (and not since) but I remember three things:

1. How cool it seemed at the time to have free reign to loot a shopping mall

2. There was a radio DJ whose broadcasts convince the girls that things will be OK (which ends up being a recording)

3. The girls examining their Mac 10 machine guns with disappointment: "Dad would have gotten us Uzi's"

I should probably watch it again, for nostalgias sake
posted by ShutterBun at 10:10 PM on March 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lord Bowler!
posted by ckape at 12:56 PM on March 9, 2013


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