Road House (1989)
Director: Rowdy Herrington
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott
Box Office: 30m
Plot: Glorious tosh in which Patrick Swizzle is a sort of Zen Buddhist bouncer at the titular Double Deuce redneck bar. A shit-hot fighter, he can tear your throat out, but he doesn’t want to. Nobody ever wins a fight. Nevertheless, he reluctantly takes on the local criminal fraternity. He also gets to do some dirty dancing with Kelly Lynch, the lucky swine. The Murray brothers are amused. Joel Murray told us last autumn that this isn’t actually true, but we prefer to print the legend.
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Road House 2: Last Call (2006)
Director: Scott Ziehl
Starring: Jonathan Schaech, Will Patton, Jake Busey
Plot: Not long after 8mm 2, Jonathan Schaech was back for more spurious sequel action. Here he’s son of Swizzle: a DEA agent who proves to be a chip off the old block when he gets mixed up in shenanigans involving his uncle’s bar, The Black Pelican. Jake Busey, himself fresh from The Hitcher II, is imaginatively named bad guy Wild Bill.