So every once in a while Rob and I both get a "Mystery Science" line or movie stuck in our heads and we just can't help occasionally having deeply weird, intense conversations about it.
Recently, the movie is, once again, "The Final Sacrifice," starring the completely bizarre Canadian antihero Zap Rowsdower. Rowsdower's life seems to consist of a) having once been in a stupid cult that made them all get weird arm tattoos, b) trying to atone for having been in said cult by helping weird kid whose dad was killed by cult, and c) having a totally wicked case of hockey hair.
And the best line? "So, 'Rowsdower'... is that a stupid name, or ---?" (see it in this great "Rowsdower" video montage.) Filmed entirely on location in scenic southern Alberta!
Rowsdower even made it into the Urban Dictionary, where they use it in a great sentence: "yeah, that hick kid Dan's cousin came down from BC...what a fucking Rowsdower!"
Here's a classic clip with Rowsdower and the kid, where Rowsdower sets his own truck engine on fire trying to start it. While drinking. Because Rowsdower is always drinking. As would you if your name was "Zap Rowsdower."
And here's Mary Jo Pehl's (Pearl Forrester on MST3K) wonderful summary of the movie, and how the hero's name alone was enough to make a normal person walk out of the film.
Excerpt: "You know what? You lose me straight away when your movie's protagonist is named 'Zap Rowsdower'. The second I hear him identified as 'Zap Rowsdower' I am squeezing past you and climbing over your legs and muttering "excuse me" and I am getting the hell out of the movie. Only this time I couldn't because I was at work and I'm hourly and I had used up all my vacation and sick time. How about Plink Holmgren? Or Pow Flowhauer?Just between you and me and the wall, I think a major error was made in their film archetype-ology. Zap was clearly supposed to be the intermediary guy; the hard-drinking, tough-but-lovable, car-won't-start sidekick to the hero.However, we were short one hero, and its not till the end of the movie that you realize that Troy and Zap's journey isn't to bring Troy to the hero (to whom Zap should be the sidekick), but in fact, Zap is the hero. Excuse me... sorry... can I just squeeze by you... watch your pop..."