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Really Awful Movies: Ep 161 – No Retreat, No Surrender

What reigns supreme? LA or Seattle karate? That’s a good question. And that’s one that is explored in the wacky chop-socky Karate Kid knock-off, No Retreat, No Surrender.

Jason Stillwell is a 3-year veteran of the deadly arts, but not nearly competent enough to either a) represent Seattle in a TV combat tournament or more importantly, b) defend himself against bullies. That’s where Bruce Lee comes in, not as inspiration, but from beyond the grave! Someone who bears a very superficial resemblance to Lee, tutors Jason about how to punch, kick, dodge punching bags, and find is inner chi/qi.

That sets up the final showdown, as Jason is in the fight of his life, with none other than The Muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, better known as Jean-Claude Van Damme!


Devil Times Five

Ah, title multiplication. Devil Times Five, aka Peopletoys aka The Horrible House on the Hill. There’s a positive correlation between number of titles and terribleness.

“Not since Village of the Damned has death become so savage…”


Devil Times Five is a killer kid movie, but not just any killer kid movie. It’s also a home invasion movie, with weird soft-core exploitative elements. This is one downright odd film, full of plot holes as a result of being the work of multiple directors (see, multiple titles for another indicator of crapiness).

As a bonus: teen idol Leif Garrett and Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg from Dukes of Hazzard).

Please watch this odd duck, and join us for our discussion!