Video Games and the Movies

Memory lane has brought us Super Mario Brothers and Dungeons & Dragons yet again and audiences the world over are all over it!

From the beloved plumber navigating the Mushroom Kingdom to the immersive world of fantasy in Dungeons & Dragons, these iconic franchises have not only dominated the gaming landscape but now also the box office.

TheArchive loves us some nostalgia too and so we uncovered our own video game treat from our favorite Roger Corman doppelganger Greydon Clark. Over four decades, Clark brought films to the screen like the "sexy pep squad" in Satan's Cheerleaders and excelled at exploitation with diverse diddies like WackoBlack Shampoo, and Without Warning.

But he also dug him some video games and rolled out Joysticks in 1983.

Says Greydon Clark himself about the film that not only stars Leif Green but Jim Greenleaf (is that even possible?), "I started thinking about video games, teenagers, and sex…Seemed like a very logical thing to make a movie about. Video arcades were booming across the world. An L.A. Times article featured a quote from a parent who thought that her teenage son was spending too much time at the arcade. There was my story: a comedy about an arcade full of teenagers and parents who try to close it down. The protagonists would be the young gamers, the antagonists the parents."

Sounds like some Stranger Things D&D retro shit if we ever heard it.

Play Joysticks and many of Greydon Clark's most famous exploitation films only on TheArchive. And then go see Mario for less nudity.

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