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Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)

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When the son of a gun-wielding woman is murdered by neo-Nazi surf punks in the post-apocalyptic future, his Mama hunts them down for some bloodthirsty revenge.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Neely ... Eleanor 'Mama' Washington
Robert Harden ... Leroy
Barry Brenner ... Adolf
Dawn Wildsmith ... Eva
Michael Sonye Michael Sonye ... Mengele
Joel Hile ... Hook
Gene Mitchell Gene Mitchell ... Brutus
Tom Shell ... Smeg
Bobbie Bresee ... Smeg's Mom
Tom Demenkoff Tom Demenkoff ... Ariel (as Ty Thomas)
John Williamette John Williamette ... Mex
Rand Hogen Rand Hogen ... Teeth
Daniel Kong Daniel Kong ... Wang
Steve Reid Steve Reid ... Yin
Terry Lee Terry Lee ... Yang


When the son of a gun-wielding woman is murdered by neo-Nazi surf punks in the post-apocalyptic future, his Mama hunts them down for some bloodthirsty revenge. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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The Beaches Have Become Battlefields... The Waves Are A War Zone!


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Release Date:

3 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surf Nazis Must Die See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Troma Entertainment See more »
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(DVD) | (Director's Cut DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Surf Nazis must....find a plot
27 April 2006 | by Super61isdownSee all my reviews

OK, OK, first of all, I love Troma. Lloyd Kaufman is a brilliant man, creating a company that is entirely based around camp horror with humor, most of them with talented actors (or untalented ones, just for old time's sake) and distributed them out to filmfans. You can tell a film is a Troma film if it includes the following: 1) B-movie actors (although, they do have SOME well known celebs in their films 2) Over-the-top gore and violence, not disturbing, more nasty and disgusting, but for humorous purposes.

3) Kinky sex scenes, filled with soft-corn porn, Lesbian interaction, outrageous sex-jokes 4) Virtually no plot. But a hilarious title for the film.

When I heard about "Surf Nazis Must Die", I probably jumped three feet in the air for joy. I mean, what else do you want? Surfing, Nazis, a angry Black woman, TROMA?!? It should be the PERFECT Troma film! Unfortunately, this particular film makes you wonder why Kaufman didn't kick director Peter George in the teeth after seeing the final cut of the film. In the end, the only thing the film succeeds in being a good Troma movie is the title...thats it.

Well, where do we start? There's virtually no plot. I know, I know, I wasn't expecting "On the Waterfront", but come on...even "The Toxic Revenger" had somewhat of a plot, and if not, over the top violence...this had nothing. The story set somewhere in the future (at least the 80's/early 90's version of the future, where tie-dye shirts are still in style apparently), where an Earthquake has destroyed most of the California coast line (ummm...ooook). Out of the chaos, surfing gangs begin a war to stake claim over the beach. One of the most ruthless gangs is....OK, is that obvious? The surf Nazis. The Nazis are really just a bunch of scraggly lookin' white supremacists who wear tethered clothing with poorly drawn swastikas written on them. Adolf is the leader...hmm, clever. He looks like he's about 40 years old, but hangs out with high school kids. The others are Eva, Sneg, Gangdala and Hook, and none of them have any back story (althought for some odd reason, they try to portray Sneg as being some dumb, naive teenager with a mother who is worried about him, in some pointless subplot). Adolf tries to unite all the gangs on the beach so they can rule the coastline (a plot line ripped off of the far-more superior film, "The Warriors"), but none of them want to be under the command of the Nazis, so one by one, they turn on them and are killed...end of that story. Now, there's a young man named Leroy with his tough-as-nails mother who live near the beach. Leroy, being black, is attacked by the Nazis and killed. This leads Leroy's Momma to escape from her retirement home and seek revenge against the murderers.

I basically told you the entire flick. It's that basic and small. You probably get more out of watching the trailer for the film than watching the actual film. The violence is surprisingly toned down, with virtually no gore, which makes it look like a film made over the weekend at a budget of $75 dollars. The fight scenes are poorly choreographed, looking like they improvised it at the set. The acting...eh, it's alright. One thing I noticed is that they tried to make this film look more serious than campy...which is the kiss of death, being that the film is called....SURF Nazis MUST DIE!!! Oh, thats another thing...it's called "SURF Nazis MUST DIE", but in the film, only three of them are actually killed (out of a gang of about 7, not including the youth punks). Scenes were long and boring, with very little pay off. The surfing scenes were nice, though. Obviously, it was footage of professionals surfing in Hawaii (California does NOT have that nice of waves) and most of the film was shot in my home town of Huntington Beach.

It you wanna watch a good Troma movie, watch "Tromeo & Juliet" or "Cannibal! The Musical!" instead. Leave this one to wipe-out, and hang to dry.

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