Saturday, January 10 at 7:00pm | $8
“What’s that SMELL?”
“Hulkamania” was at its height in the late-80s to early-90s, with wrestling
superstar Hulk Hogan dominating the World Wrestling Federation as its most
heroic (and most marketable) figure. A movie starring the Hulkster was no
surprise, but what audiences got in 1989’s NO HOLDS BARRED probably couldn’t
have been predicted.
Hulk stars as Rip Thomas, the WWF Heavyweight Champion (sound familiar?)
wanted by the competing World Television Network and its head executive, the
textbook-sleazy Brell. Brell’s offer starts off with a simple bribe and Rip
literally makes him eat his offer. After that, no holds are uh, barred, as
Brell sends his goons after Rip and they’re quickly dispatched in a
ridiculous fight scene that ends with the film’s most infamous gag.
Brell decides the only way to take Rip down is by finding a bigger and
badder dude out there to take him on, so he starts a series of insane
televised bouts called “Battle of the Tough Guys” with a $100K prize. Plenty
of mega-tough meatheads show up, but none more menacing than Zeus (Tiny
Lister), whose signature moves are kicking down walls, putting innocent
people in wheelchairs, and screaming a lot. Now Rip’s got no choice but to
protect his family, his girlfriend (oh yeah, he clumsily falls in love along
the way) and take down Zeus along with an entire television network!
NO HOLDS BARRED is absolutely a movie made for teenage boys, with some of
the most ridiculous jokes covering a middle-school kid’s favorite subjects:
wieners, poop, and wieners. Fortunately, witnessing Hulk Hogan pummel people
into limos, attempt to emote and generally carry the movie as it grows
increasingly insane is quality entertainment no matter what your age!
This special screening is presented in HECKLEVISION: Through the magic of MuVChat technology, your jokes, heckles and commentary are encouraged – in TEXT form! Tap out your wittiest wisecracks with your phone and they’ll appear instantly on screen! Each month, special guests will hang out to crack jokes via text with you and a few hundred of your best friends!