When the goin’ gets tough, the tough get dancin’! This week we’ve gone back to 1984 to tangle with one of the most infamous bad sequels of all time, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Considering that this sequel was made and released the same year as the original, it’s a wonder it didn’t turn out even worse than it did. Breakers Kelly, Ozone and Turbo (or, as I like to call them, Special K, Shabba-Doo and Boogaloo Shrimp) are back with a mission, except when they’re starting riot level flash mobs and dancing aimlessly from scene to scene. Rich kid Kelly would rather keep living off of her parents’ dime and half-heartedly attending dance auditions until she discovers her hood friends’ community center will be demolished unless they can raise $200,000 to stave off a murderous land developer. After trying their best to make the money with a car wash, lemonade stand, face painting, balloons and star maps, they decide to throw all their chips on a “street show” that they barely plan or rehearse because they’re too busy dancing with a sex doll, defying the laws of physics and going to dinner half naked with Kelly’s parents. The gang’s show is successful, mostly due to an appearance by Ice-T as DJ “Rap Talker,” and Turbo wins himself a bootleg Michael Jackson outfit, a closeted girlfriend and a broken leg that manages to heal in a day or two. God bless the 80s.
Because we’ve had so much fun with this week’s 80s bomb, we’ve decide zap ourselves back a couple more years to check out Scott Baio’s first film role in 1982’s Zapped! Supposedly a parody of Carrie, but with elements of The Excorcist, Star Trek and Taxi Driver as well, a teen botches a high school lab experiment which leaves him with telekinetic powers. Rather than use his newfound powers for good, he lets his friend convince him to use them for borderline rape instead, flipping up girls’ skirts and ripping open their blouses. If Scott Baio wasn’t already a sex addict by this point, I’m sure he was afterwards. This wonderful film is available for streaming on Netflix, but to whet your appetite, check out the trailer for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-lLsewsAuk
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