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Poolboy II: Drowning Out The Fury was a 1990s action movie that was so poorly made, so racist, so ill-conceived, that it was only released in Germany, for obvious reasons, which is a better fate than the original Poolboy — that film's master print was accidentally destroyed and because the producer could only salvage a small fraction of the film, it was never released at all, but the only remaining segment of the first movie ended up in the sequel as a flashback. Director St. James St. James was only 10 years old when he wrote, produced and directed the movie, and coupled with a lot of on-set cocaine use and an accidental shooting while filming (due to a misunderstanding over the location of a scene), St. James ends up with only one eye and wearing an eyepatch, the movie's of very poor quality.


Action star Jan Van Hammer plays Poolboy, a former pool cleaner turned Vietnam soldier who is inspired by the combat death of his best friend to return to America and start his own pool cleaning service...only after 24 years of mourning the loss of his friend, whose arm he continues to carry around with him for all those years and even after returning to the States. When he gets back, however, he learns that his country has changed, and a Mexican cartel has taken over the pool cleaning industry. When the cartel murders his wife and son (who is somehow 6 years old, despite the fact that Poolboy has been gone for 24 years), he decides to wage a one-man war on ALL MEXICANS! But the cartel's not having none of that, because their ancestors didn't sneak into the U.S. for white people to clean their own pools!


In actuality, this seemingly So Bad, It's Good movie is a Stealth Parody filled with Stylistic Suck. This comedy is written and directed by the same people as FDR: American Badass, and stars Kevin Sorbo as Jan Van Hammer/Poolboy and Danny Trejo as the Mexican pool cartel leader. Jason Mewes has a cameo as a crew member who is tapped to take over Jan Van Hammer's role after he dies, though St. James St. James has to dub all of Jay's dialogue due to him not being a union member. It turns out, however, that Jan Van Hammer had faked his own death, and returns as the title character after the climatic fight scene.

It's like a cross between Garth Marenghis Darkplace, Black Dynamite and Chuck Norris.

Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: Poolboy's son goes to hell, where he ends up being taught how to play baseball by Hitler. Hitler shows up again later, playing the softcore porn-style saxophone music.
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  • Black-and-Gray Morality: The "hero" does some pretty evil things, killing people for merely being both Mexican and pool cleaners, and the "villain" isn't much better than the hero.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The movie's filled with racist content in an intentional satire of racist attitudes and action films with racist heroes.
  • Fake Shemp: The present day, adult James St. James, films new sex scenes with him playing Poolboy and a different actress playing the horny lady with the pie; the studio's stipulation for re-releasing this old movie was that he cut in sex scenes that weren't in the original movie.
    • Also, during the climatic fight scene, Poolboy was replaced with a different actor when Jan Van Hammer fakes his own death. And then because a disgruntled crew member stole reels of the film, the adult James St. James shot newly filmed footage casting himself as Poolboy, so the climatic fight scene features three different actors playing one single character.
  • Noble Bigot: Poolboy is blatantly racist, even acknowledging this fact himself. It's not just toward Mexicans and Vietnamese. When his Token Black Friend in Vietnam suggests that Richard Nixon is ending the war, Poolboy scoffs and suggests that this is unlikely as black people being allowed to vote, after which, his friend points out that black people are allowed to vote.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Poolboy becomes this, sans the badge, but with the same kind of authority, after his killings of Mexican pool cleaners make him a local hero for some reason.
  • Stylistic Suck: The filmmakers made this film appear to be So Bad, It's Good on purpose. Crew members appear onscreen to douse the lead actor with a bucket of fake blood or are set on fire accidentally by that same actor, the main character is replaced by a Fake Shemp (twice), the Vietnamese soldiers are obviously from stock footage and in one scene an actor was obviously shot at a different location from the rest of the scene (because he was in prison at the time).
  • Yellow Peril: Sequel Hook features this, with Poolboy learning that Koreatown is now a thing.

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