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View Poll Results: Worst '80s "Raiders" Rip-Off
1982 - Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series) 1 2.33%
1983 - Treasure of the Four Crowns (3-D) 4 9.30%
1984 - Romancing the Stone 9 20.93%
1984 - The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak 7 16.28%
1985 - King Solomon's Mines + Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 13 30.23%
1986 - Firewalker 2 4.65%
1986 - Sky Pirates 5 11.63%
1986 - Jungle Raiders 2 4.65%
1986 - The Mines of Kilimanjaro 0 0%
1987 - Jane and the Lost City 0 0%
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:50 PM   #26
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I've only seen Romancing the Stone. I didn't didn't really like it, but I didn't hate it either so won't vote in the poll.

The poster for Sky Pirates is simply amazing no matter how much the actual movie may suck! He's what Sky Captain would have looked like if he were an American
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:44 PM   #27
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I hated Romancing the stone! This movie sucked ass! It was the most stupidest thing Iv'e ever seen!
i agree everytime someone asked me about it i say its a rip off,then they say its just because its not harrison ford and i say sure is becuase harrison is the real indy!
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:36 PM   #28
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i agree everytime someone asked me about it i say its a rip off,then they say its just because its not harrison ford and i say sure is becuase harrison is the real indy!
You don't like it? It's fun but I guess the humour has aged a little bit.
It was really popular when it came out, that's for sure!
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You forgot the movie Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold. As soon as it came out, I found it instantly stupid w/out even seeing it. The title just blew it. Even the font on the movie poster is an Indy rip-off. If you click on the poster, you'll see she even has a whip. An Indy poser if ever I saw one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088427/
Yee-HAW! Yes, Indyologist! I know that one and toooootally forgot about it until now!
It came out around the same time as “Gwendoline” but I’ve never seen it.
If the poll didn’t have a 10-choice limit then I could have included it along
with “Bloodstone” and “The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck”.

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Ya know, about 4 years ago I saw the Yellow Hair DVD at Best Buy...I almost bought it...
Looks like you might have done yourself a favour! I’m still curious about it though.
Thanks for letting me know that it’s out on DVD. (Oh...and we all know that you're
really a closet Gwendoline/Yik-Yak fan!)

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I think the only reason that awful Allan Quatermain film is being voted the worst is because literally nobody saw the likes of Jungle Raiders and Sky Pirates, and therefore nobody is voting for them.

I've never even HEARD of them, let alone seen them.
You are most likely right. SKA and myself may very well be the only ones here
who’ve seen all of these. If there’s anyone else out there, by all means, weigh in!

Actually, the poll should have been “BEST ‘Raiders’ Rip-Off”...
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The poster for Sky Pirates is simply amazing no matter how much the actual movie may suck! He's what Sky Captain would have looked like if he were an American
Yeah, good ol’ Dakota Harris. He was Australian, though. If you like
that then you’d be probably enjoy the adventures of Jake Cutter from
the “Tales of the Gold Monkey” TV show. It was the 1st rip-off but the
perfect fix for any Indy-starved fan back then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFN6agkNnQ

Check it out.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:41 PM   #29
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the worst, High Road to China
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:24 AM   #30
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King solomons mines is currently leading the pole, but while it was a cheesy indy rip off it was still watchable. How can anyone possibly vote it worse than The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak. I couldn't even sit through all of that, its awful.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:00 AM   #31
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I remember a funny mistake they made in Firewalker regarding the villain of the movie, Coyote. You see... Coyote wore an eyepatch and for the entire first half of the film it was on one side. Then, after he killed some guy and the guy grabbed his eyepatch and almost seemed to move it while he was dying, the thing was on the other side of Coyote's face for the whole rest of the story. That made me laugh so hard, I couldn't take the movie seriously after that. Every time Coyote showed up, I thought: "Come on, we know there's nothing wrong with either of your eyes, so just lose the eyepatch!"

Which, oddly enough, makes me think of the idiotic voice of that swammy character in Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold and how his voice made me laugh hysterically whenever he tried to say Gold and it came out like Goooooold. I could understand it if he was really foreign, but that accent was so obviously fake that I half-expected him to cough and in a Brooklyn voice say: "Oh, mac! I tell ya, these kind of parts just kill my throat!" I'm sure they didn't intend for it to be that funny, but then again... maybe they did.

I guess some movies can't be imitated... and Indiana Jones is definitely way too good for some of the cheap knock-offs they put out back in the 1980's.

You know what more recent Indiana Jones knock-offs I did enjoy, though?
The Tomb Raider movies and the original National Treasure. Those were a lot of fun! Not exactly big-budget blockbuster material, but still good, fun movies in the Indiana Jones style. National Treasure had some things in common with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life tried really hard to be like Raiders of the Lost Ark. I had to respect their effort, as in the end they did manage to hold my interest, which is more than I can say for the 1980's Indy imitators. Plus... Lara Croft could hold any man's interest!
But I digress. *Ahem!* The storylines, in these movies, were very Indy-like.
Just in the Tomb Raider movies alone, you've got plots involving Pandora's Box, Atlantis, and the Illuminati. Then, with National Treasure, you've got a secret treasure hidden by the Freemasons that is wanted by terrorists with their own agenda. All in all, the kind of adventures you would see Indy having.
So, for movies made after the 1980's, those are highly recommended as good!
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:31 AM   #32
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Voted for ROMANCING THE STONE.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #33
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Another Obscure '80s "Rip-Off"

"Hunters of the Golden Cobra" (1982)

This is one I used to see on the shelves of video stores but never bothered to rent. 30 years later, it was amusing to finally watch.

It's a search for a golden artifact that takes place at the end of WW2, with old cars, float planes, machine gun fights against Japanese soldiers, confrontations with violent tribes, poisonous blow-darts, caverns filled with lava, a snake-pit, etc.

This is from the same Italian director as "Jungle Raiders". (Ska may be interested to know that the guy who played, Gin Fizz, is in this movie, too.)

Check out the posters. One of them even has the Ark of the Covenant!

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:48 AM   #34
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"Hunters of the Golden Cobra" (1982)

This is one I used to see on the shelves of video stores but never bothered to rent. 30 years later, it was amusing to finally watch.

It's a search for a golden artifact that takes place at the end of WW2, with old cars, float planes, machine gun fights against Japanese soldiers, confrontations with violent tribes, poisonous blow-darts, caverns filled with lava, a snake-pit, etc.

This is from the same Italian director as "Jungle Raiders". (Ska may be interested to know that the guy who played, Gin Fizz, is in this movie, too.)

Check out the posters. One of them even has the Ark of the Covenant!

That looks like a perfect defintion of "knock-off" rather than "spin-off".

The float plane, snake and Ark. "Hunters" for "Raiders". (The Portuguese title translates as "Robbers").

Antonio Margheriti also directed another spaghetti adventure called The Ark of the Sun God in 1984. Though with no Ark actually involved.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:19 AM   #35
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Firewalker? Firewalker?! Now there's a movie I haven't thought about in... oh, twenty plus years. For a movie that spends so much time in caves & tombs, they could have spent some money on rock work. It looks like a bad zoo enclosure!

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:40 AM   #36
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Firewalker? Firewalker?! Now there's a movie I haven't thought about in... oh, twenty plus years. For a movie that spends so much time in caves & tombs, they could have spent some money on rock work. It looks like a bad zoo enclosure!


Cannon films. Good bless their cheap cotton socks.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:53 AM   #37
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One of them even has the Ark of the Covenant!
Haven't seen a few of these, but the (art design of the) ark is a shameless theft!

The only thing I didn't like about Romancing the Stone was the Kenny G 80's "jazz". The best job of capitalizing on Raiders...

I remember liking the film, and still marvel at Kathleen Turner before her sex change!

All I kept thinking during the Alan Quatermain flicks were: why would they waste such great locations and (some) nice set/costume design with such crappy fight choreography and dialog...among other things.

Good bump!

Finally, I vividly remember watching Tales of the Gold Monkey hoping it would be a quality show but always came away shaking my head and literally mentioning "lame Raiders ripoff."
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:08 PM   #38
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Ark of the Sun God - 1984

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Anyone for Ark of the Sun God?

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Old 03-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #39
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Anyone for Ark of the Sun God?
I've seen that one and it's fun. From the same director who did "Hunters of the Golden Cobra" the year before (pictured above) and "Jungle Raiders" a couple of years later (which I put in the poll and is my favourite of the trio).

The funniest thing is that there is no Ark in this movie! "Hunters of..." was shameless enough to put the Ark on it's poster but this one even has it in the title. No Ark to be found in either film.

Junior, that image is huge! Anyway you can make it smaller?

P.S. I just noticed that Montana already mentioned "Ark of the Sun God" above in post #34.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #40
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"Hunters of the Golden Cobra" (1982)



Check out the posters. One of them even has the Ark of the Covenant!


However, they purposely messed up on the lid's birds, however. I guess it was to make it less obvious that it's a Raiders rip-off, but they failed badly.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:30 AM   #41
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I haven't voted as I haven't seen most of the movie choices, but one movie that did come to mind that hasn't been mentioned is Race for the Yankee Zephyr. I did a search for any discussion threads of this title but nothing came up. Just a quick look at IMDB then and it says 1981 as the production year but that it was released in 1984 in the US. A review mentions that the release of Raiders "buried" it, which is a bit ambiguous in meaning. I'm not sure of the facts or the assumptions I have read, but even though it wasn't a spin off (I think), I thought I'd throw it out there.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:27 PM   #42
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I haven't voted as I haven't seen most of the movie choices,...
Kudos to you, Mick. If other voters had done the same, it's not likely that the Quatermain movies with Richard Chamberlain would be leading the poll. Hard to imagine that anyone who has seen, "Treasure of the Four Crowns", would think that the '80s Quatermain movies are worse.

Even so, I'd still like to hear your opinion about what is the worst of those that you have seen. "Sky Pirates" (a.k.a. "Dakota Harris") is an Australian film so I'm guessing that's one of them. Yes? No?

Thanks for mentioning, "Race for the Yankee Zephyr". I've never heard of it before but after a bit of reading & watching a clip on YouTube, it looks interesting and the main cast is pretty good (Warren, Peppard, Pleasance) plus, I never knew that David Hemmings directed anything. Another one to hunt down!

Moderators: This is one of my very first threads from back in 2005. Would it be possible to change the title to say, "Rip-Off" (instead of "Spin-Off")?
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Moderators: This is one of my very first threads from back in 2005. Would it be possible to change the title to say, "Rip-Off" (instead of "Spin-Off")?
...done...
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:03 AM   #44
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Kudos to you, Mick. If other voters had done the same, it's not likely that the Quatermain movies with Richard Chamberlain would be leading the poll. Hard to imagine that anyone who has seen, "Treasure of the Four Crowns", would think that the '80s Quatermain movies are worse.

No, not the worst. They couldn't possibly be worse than Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. It even has everyone's favorite cannabis endorsing television commentator!



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No, not the worst. They couldn't possibly be worse than Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. It even has everyone's favorite cannabis endorsing television commentator!
Wow, never heard about this one either. It would make a great addition to this thread (which went into a 'soft-porn-Indy-type movies' direction).

Bill Maher is a funny guy. Adrienne Barbeau looked better in the '70s. Shannon Tweed is Canadian. I remember her from Playboy magazine and crap movies of the early-mid '80s.

Another Indy connection beyond this movie being a Rip-Off:
Some of the music in this trailer is from a track by Tony Hymas, which was also used as part of the McDonald's Young Indy promo.

P.S. Thanks for the title change, Mr. Horse.
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I just finished watching Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold. It was truly awful. Did that movie get a cinema release or straight to VHS?
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I just finished watching Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold. It was truly awful. Did that movie get a cinema release or straight to VHS?
Not sure about the U.K. but it DEFINITELY had a theatrical release in North America - U.S.A. & Canada (and *I think* Mexico but am not sure).

Andy, since this thread is MAINLY dedicated to which '80s rip-off was the WORST, I would LOVE to take your query over to this thread: Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
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Two words: Jake.....SPEED.


Anybody remember THAT one? It even had OXLEY in it....
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Anyone for Ark of the Sun God?

Good movie. I've been in the process of digitizing my movies, and I just completed this one. Haven't seen it in a while, but it's back in my queue again.

Those looking for this might also find it by it's other name, Temple of Hell.

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A couple other Indy rip-offs not mentioned in this thread yet are:
Forgotten City (1999) *video below has a brief topless scene*


Four Junior Detectives (1994)(more a Goonies rip off than Indy)


Mark of the Scorpion (1988)


Operation Golden Phoenix (1994)

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I still haven't been able to find a copy of Sky Pirates, Treasure of the Four Crowns, or Hunters of the Golden Cobra.

edit: I guess 3 of the 4 movies I posted don't fit in this thread, as they were from the 90s.

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Two words: Jake.....SPEED.


Anybody remember THAT one? It even had OXLEY in it....
Yes, Keith, I remember "Jake Speed". UGH! It was bad but thanks for mentioning it.
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I still haven't been able to find a copy of Sky Pirates, Treasure of the Four Crowns, or Hunters of the Golden Cobra.
Nice to see you posting, Ska. "G_d be with you in your quest."

I've only seen "Sky Pirates" once. Even though it's not a very good movie, I sure do want it in my collection. A few years ago, my favourite video store in Montreal, La Boite Noire, started selling off their VHS rental tapes and among them was "Sky Pirates" (which I didn't even know they had the whole time)! Since I was already buying a crapload of DVDs, I moved the tape to a place where I could easily find it a few days later. The next time I returned, it was gone! After 30 mins. of scouring through the 1000s of VHS tapes, I gave up looking. Stupid me should've bought it when I had the chance!

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