65 - Surf II (1984) Summer Sequel Month Part 1
Well here we are, right at the start of our first theme month since Blairvember, Summer Sequel Month, and we have a movie that is not only a sequel to nothing but one of the worst films ever made. A painful 80-something minutes that seemed more like 48 hours long, Surf 2 is a movie that should have disappeared after it's failed box office run.
One of the most requested films from Grindbin listeners, we wonder if we are missing something - can this really be as bad as we think? Are we just not seeing something? The prevailing attitude from listeners has been one of "you had to be there" and while that might be the case I can give you a good reason why we absolutely hated this movie:
That's right, the Deez has returned.
I should honestly just post that picture and end this article because that should be enough of an explanation as to why this movie has now become as hated or more hated than Lunch Wagon around the Grindbin.
Even the director of this film realizes it was a pile of trash - openly criticizing it in subsequent interviews and questioning why it's still being given any sort of attention. Written on pain killers and sold by his agent with only 20 pages completed, Surf 2 is an abomination of a film with one of the most expensive soundtracks in recent history. Oingo Bongo wrote and performed a song for this movie that has never been released except on this pile of garbage. They were so ashamed they just let an unreleased and completely produced song die with this film.
So you might be wondering, how on earth did this pile of garbage get made? The answer is simple: Cocaine.
There are plenty of movies that should be viewed today by cult audiences and appreciated for their so-bad-it's-good qualities or as misunderstood or flawed little films, Surf 2 is not one of them. On many "best cult movie" lists, Surf 2 has somehow permeated it's stench into pop-culture and cult film publications for some reason. I honestly can't tell you why.
Maybe you "just had to be there".