Megaforce? You mean that laughable movie about a secret army, starring Barry Bostwick and Persis Khambatta? Megaforce, that movie where the dirtbike flips upside down?
Oh yes, Megaforce!
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Highlights of ComiCon
Think of your ComiCon experiences. What do you like the most? Celebrity encounters (love them), and the vendors that create opportunities to spend way too much money (love that too)? Both sound great!
There’s another thing I love about ComiCon…
It’s true – I love a good pose with a movie-used (or even replicated – I’m not picky!) vehicle!
I especially love it when the vehicles are movie-used AND obscure!
You Mean You’ve Never Heard of Megaforce?
Megaforce is a 1982 “action” film starring Barry Bostwick as Commander Ace Hunter. He’s the leader of a secret army composed of international soldiers. And his services are called upon when the peaceful republic of Sardun is attacked by its aggressive neighbor, Gamibia. The film also stars Persis Khambatta, and was directed by Hal Needham.
Ah yes, Hal Needham. That explains some of the absurd stuff in the movie.
Let this Mentos parody explain that absurdity:
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If this doesn’t clue you into the absurdity of the film, nothing will.
Ok, three Golden Raspberry nominations explain everything.
The Vehicles of Megaforce
Behold, the reason you’re reading this!
For $10, I too could be Barry Bostwick on a tricked out dirtbike, capable of flying through the chroma key skies…
I’m missing spandex, a mullet, and a baby blue headband. But I feel awesome!
The proud displayer of these amazing vehicles was happy to show me everything, including the inside of the dune buggy. He also told me an awesome story from that weekend, when he met Barry Bostwick and asked him to come take a look. Apparently, Mr. Bostwick was so excited to see the vehicles, he stayed there for – again, brace thyself – 45 minutes!
I guess he didn’t care that the movie is watchable only with a Rifftrax commentary.
All Coolness Aside…
The vehicles of Megaforce (unfortunately) have the distinction of making the cut of The Drive’s August 6, 2017 “listicle,” Top 5 Worst Movie Vehicles of the 1980s. In fact…they’re the #1 worst vehicles.
Tack on the commercial and critical failure that followed its theatrical release, and you have the ultimate cheese that’s prime for RiffTrax viewing.
Take in this sampling (I actually own this movie in its riffed form):
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Unfortunately, searching the RiffTrax site yielded no results, so I can’t say “hey, go out and buy this!”.
So um…now I’m bummed.
But this is still awesome!
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