Lost 80s Schlockbuster ‘Miami Connection’ Kicking Its Way To US Cinemas
by Ben Bussey
This isn’t the kind of movie news you hear every day. Obscure B-movies with no big names attached don’t tend to get digitally remastered and theatrically re-released 25 years later. However, that’s what has happened with Miami Connection, which on the basis of the new trailer below – assembled by Jason ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ Eisener – looks to be just about the most camp, ridiculous, 80s-tastic cheesefest you could ever hope to see. Assuming you ever do hope to see such things. And if you don’t, well… to each their own, I suppose.
Here’s how the whole crazy shebang is summed up by distributor Drafthouse Films:
Directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher/author/inspirational speaker Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, the film tells the story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando. Now in HD from elements sourced by the America Genre Film Archive (AGFA), Miami Connection will return to cinemas, home video and debut on digital platforms in Q4 of 2012.
Following Miami Connection’s very limited theatrical and scarce VHS release in 1987, the film vanished into obscurity. Over two decades later, Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson blindly purchased a rare 35mm print from a reluctant eBay seller for $50. A small test screening of the film’s first reel unveiled a relentless fury of ninjas, rock ‘n’ roll, lawless bikers and brutal knife fights. The crowd lost their minds. “We have multiple weekly 35mm exploitation series at the Drafthouse, and Miami Connection has repeatedly destroyed our audience in a more powerful way than anything else in the 15 years of our theater’s existence,” says Carlson. The film has since screened across the country at select festivals and repertory theaters, championed by critics such as Joel Modelo of Examiner.com, who proclaimed it a “hilariously rollicking good time.”
For the benefit of my fellow Un-Americans, I should note that thus far there’s no mention of any release beyond the US, but if it makes a dent stateside I should hope we’ll at least get a DVD and/or Blu soon enough. If not, that’s what region-free players are for. Regardless of whether Miami Connection reaches international audiences, I love the idea of such a universally ignored movie getting this kind of loving treatment. Even if films of this ilk are not to your liking, surely it’s preferable to see the real McCoy reborn into the modern age, as opposed to the overly contrived, ironic neo-grindhouse films we’ve so many of recently (yes, including Hobo With A shotgun)?
Visit Drafthouse Films at the link above for more info.