"You gotta remember, they will skin you if you’re not real good. You gotta outsmart ‘em! You gotta out-quick ‘em! Now push it!"
When I set out to create the Forgotten Films column, I had three criteria for which I would consider spotlighting a particular film: It was more than ten years old, it was by and large not really talked about anymore, and it was well worth your time to seek it out. I must unfortunately bend two of those rules to bring you today’s film, 1985’s gymnastics/martial arts hybrid action epic Gymkata. First off, it’s in the ether lately as Earwolf’s podcast “How Did This Get Made” featured the film on their most recent episode, and Red Letter Media also spotlighted the film on their latest edition of “Best of the Worst.”
The more important rule I’m bending, however, is the one about whether or not a film is worth your time. I must say this: If you are a lover of bad movies, there is no film more worth your time than Gymkata (and even better, it’s streaming for free on YouTube). If you’re not a bad movie lover though, I would encourage you to read on and find out more about this masterpiece of miscalculation, and discover for yourself if it’s truly worth your time…