Surf II: End of the Trilogy (that's the joke, and maybe the best one)
August 18, 2017 10:35 PM Subscribe
Long ago in "The Good Old Days", surfers ruled. It was bitchin'! That was before the threat of chemical pollution, nuclear waste and the horror of Buzzz Cola....And so opens Surf II (YT, trailer): The Nerds Strike Back (via), a 1980s teen gross-out surf parody with added nudity*, stocked with some notable actors, and a soundtrack suitable for a surf film from 1984. Currently placed somewhere between one of the worst movies ever (next to another 1980s "sex comedy," Lunch Wagon [nsfw trailer]) and on the other extreme, just as funny as Naked Gun [trailer]. The film is considered an acquired taste, but if it might be your taste, you can watch it on YouTube (disregard the title, there is no second part).
On its face, it sounds like a winning idea: ur-geek Eddie Deezen was bullied in high school by the surfers, so he seeks his revenge through science. Then there's the conflicts between the surfers and the "new wave punks," surfers against teachers, and surfers against their parents.
Throw in exclusive Oingo Boingo music with other surf tunes from the Beach Boys and The Ventures , plus more new wave from Thomas Dolby, Talk Talk and Split Enz, and add some toxic soda that turns people into garbage-eating zombies (of a sort), and you've got a hit!
* Except it was written over a long weekend, under the influence of heavy painkillers, initially filmed in 29 days, and thenseveral shots depicting nudity were later inserted into the film by the executive producers after they decided they wanted an "R" rating. Initially titled Surf II: The End of the Trilogy, but later promotions re-titled the film Surf II: The Nerds Strike Back, following the success of Revenge of the Nerds (trailer). Those additions and re-brandings didn't do much to sell the final film, and it was critically panned (Leonard Maltin wrote Deezen's always good for a few laughs, but the film's best joke is its title: there never was a Surf I -- Google books preview), then generally sank into obscurity.
The movie was released on VHS, but has since spread via the internet. Today, some find redemption for the film, in part due to nostalgia for goofy films of the 1980s. And for what it's worth, Eddie Deezen had a lot of fun in the film, the only time he was the villain and it was a rare major role for him.
25 years after it was first released, Alamo Drafthouse supported Lars and Zack presents Cinemapocalypse: West Coast Tour, which showed Surf II and opened with this introduction from Zach, and was followed by some Q & A (Q & A part 2, and part 3).
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