Straight Outta Dayton
Deadbeat at Dawn is essentially a student film. Jim Van Bebber, Chumpzilla’s childhood neighbor, dropped out of college and used his student loans to fund it.
It is unapologetic exploitation cinema from the warped mind of Van Bebber, and it is glorious.
It’s violent, obscene, odd, overwritten, and surprisingly boasts action scenes that outshine crap we’ve done on the pod from far more expensive movies. It’s sort of shocking how well done some of it is.
Thus, there’s no denying that Deadbeat at Dawn, which cost roughly $10,000, does display Van Bebber’s talent. That said, it is also just sort of a bizarre mishmash of better films—Death Wish and The Warriors, for example.
But, hey, you could watch those, but neither of them feature Bone Crusher! He hates people, man; and he doesn’t give a shit about nothing!
So sit back, smash a Miller High Life over Danny’s head, and grab your nunchuks! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Mayor McCheese, and Chumpzilla are rumbling with the Spiders at the old cemetery!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – He quit the gangs. They killed his girl. He became … Deadbeat at Dawn! (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – We hear from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA and then tackle the important questions, such as: Who’s the best side character? And why is it clearly Bone Crusher? (35:25)
- The “No … I Loved Her” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast cashes in Money in the Bank, and then Chumpzilla challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (51:08)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We continue “Hops and Hometown Flops” at the Double Deuce with Road House! (1:02:56)