Poolboy: Drowning Out the FuryJanuary 3, 2011
In this unearthed lost movie from 1990 that the studio deemed too terrible to release, a Vietnam Veteran Sal Bando(Sorbo)…
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 3.6/10 (637 voted)
Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Ross Patterson, Danny Trejo
In this unearthed lost movie from 1990 that the studio deemed too terrible to release, a Vietnam Veteran Sal Bando(Sorbo), tortured by his past as a Poolboy returns home to Van Nuys, California, and a country he doesn't recognize, in which it seems only Mexicans run pool-cleaning companies. Bando sets off on a brutal mission to reclaim his "rightful" vocation and enact revenge on the man(Trejo) who killed his wife and son.
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Jennifer Elise Cox
Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Best Worst Movie of the Year!
I recently stumbled upon Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury and was
inspired to write this review. The storyline is quite simple. Vietnam
military veteran returns home from the war to Van Nuys California and
finds that white suburbia has been tarnished with migrant laborers
performing pool cleaning labor. His wife takes off with a Mexican pool
cleaning rival. He soon realizes that he must clean all the Mexican's
out of white suburbia. Five minutes into this movie (if you can make it
five minutes) and you will be screaming that beyond being simply a
horrible movie it is offensively racist as well. But like a hooded
cobra which mesmerizes it's prey before injecting lethal poison and
destroying all sense of movie viewing taste; ten minutes into Poolboy
and you will begin to notice some critical facts.
Some low budget movies may have an offending story or awful acting.
Perhaps they have terrible special effects or have a cheap overall
feel. But few can combine all of these items together as well as
Poolboy. The more I watched the more fascinated I became. It wasn't one
of those "it's so bad it's good" situations. It was more along the line
of of being artistically terrible. In fact, within those ten minutes it
became the "best worst movie" I had seen all year.
Everything about Poolboy is awful. The acting has industry veterans
such as Kevin Sorbo, Danny Trejo, Robert LaSardo along with total
unknowns who were probably working as boom operator's before their
"lucky break." Regardless of the experience the acting was ALL BAD. Not
only was the acting bad but the special effects were terrible. I swear
you could see the Heintz and Karo labels littering the ground with all
the watered down blood. The movie is filled with many of these cheap
special effects. Halfway through the movie I wondered what the point of
all the bad special effects were, but then I though perhaps Poolboy
served as an industry junior special effects camp that helped pay for
some of the budget costs for the movie. The camera work and setting was
also terrible but at least they splurged and got one of those
camcorders with a stabilizer.
The main character of the movie was Kevin Sorbo playing Sal Brando
(i.e. poolboy). As a fan of Kevin's it was almost a tearful event
watching him play this part. This wasn't Captain Dylon Hunt of the
Andromeda or Hercules battling the Gods. This was simply Kevin Sorbo
having to put food on the real life family table. Damn you TV land!!
Put together a decent show for this talented actor.
Like a bar of extremely bitter dark chocolate, Poolboy: Drowning Out
the Fury isn't a movie for everyone. Most people will probably turn off
this movie and run from the room gagging within a short amount of time.
However for those who can choke this movie down it has provides a
strangely rewarding experience. I am convinced that Poolboy: Drowning
Out the Fury remains a contender for not only this year's "BEST WORST
FILM" but will stand out for the entire decade!