David Winters’ 1986 classic “Thrashin'”, which stars Josh-freaking-Brolin, was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. My love for the flick even survived my ill-fated attempt at skateboarding, an endeavor which ultimately ended with me crying in the middle of the street while my friends looked on. As you can imagine, it was pretty pathetic. Instead of embarrassing myself further, I decided to live vicariously through films like “Thrashin'” and “Gleaming the Cube”. “Rad” got the occasional play, but it just wasn’t the same.
Haven’t hard of this one? Read this synopsis from the VHS box:
In a fast paced story of championship skateboard action, young love is tested against the background of warring teen gangs when handsome Corey Webster (Josh Brolin) comes to L.A. for the breathtaking classic downhill race, The Massacre.
His greatest rival is Hook (Robert Rusler), the cool ruthless leader of a local punk skateboard gang. They’re sworn enemies…until Hook’s sister Chrissy (Pamela Gidley), steals Corey’s heart. She’s town between loyalty to her brother and love for the talented newcomer.
The action explodes when Corey and Hook face each other in a brutal brawl before the race. Corey’s arm is broken and Hook drags Chrissy away. With grim determination to fight back, Corey must find the courage to face the grueling race despite his injury. Only the finish line stands between Corey and the greatest challenge of Thrashin’
After lending a friend my copy of “Thrashin’ on VHS, it was brought to my attention that the film was available in all its glory on YouTube. For free. Now, it’s probably just a matter of time before the movie vanishes from the site, never to be seen again. Before that happens, you should carve 90 minutes out of your life and stick “Trashin'” all up in the hole space. Your world might be better because of it. If not, well, at least you can say you’ve seen “Thrashin'”.
Huge thanks to Chris for bringing this to my attention.