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Skate Movie Review: Thrashin' Skate or Die!

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Released in August 1986 and directed by David Winters, Trashin’ came along in the right time just as skateboarding culture went full mainstream in the ’80s and kids all over the states and the world wanted to imitate the whole California chill skater dude vibe.

Think of it as karate kid meets a gangster film and they are all in freaking skateboards listening to punk rock music and fighting each other!! What do you get? AWESOMENESS! That’s what!

We have young Cory Webster played by Josh Brolin, a young amateur skateboarder looking to find fame and self-fulfillment by winning a downhill skateboarding competition and in the process falls in love with this super cute blond chick named Chrissy (Pamela Gidley) who just happens to be visiting his brother for the summer, but guess what? Her brother is no other than “Hook” that’s right, freaking Tommy Hook, and this “Hook” guy is also the leader of “The Daggers” (bunch of nice guys I bet) a punk rock skateboarding gang from LA.

You probably already know where I’m going with this, nice guy Cory has to fight against the world and all odds to get the chick and of course the freaking cup!

Cory and his crew “The ramp locals” (you could have just called them “the nice guys”) get in plenty of confrontations with The Daggers because of the forbidden love affair Cory and the blond chick are trying to pull off.

A lot of SHIT® goes down in between, even a one-on-one old fashioned duel! But we don’t want to spoil it all if you haven’t seen the flick yet but here’s a hint, Cory ends up practicing downhill skateboarding with a broken arm, yikes!


“Trashin' Skate or Die!” Features

Photo: Chris Hansen (Unsplash)

The filmmakers did their homework and gathered some of the biggest names in the industry to appear in the film like Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, and Steve Caballero among others like the members of the famous rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers!!






This movie has an amazing soundtrack

The film portraits the strong connection between the skateboarding scene and hardcore punk rock music from the 70s and 80s making the action scenes a very thrilling and enjoyable experience and overall providing that young and rebellious tone to the film which is signature of skateboarding. You will even see the kids wearing Circle Jerks, Vice Squad and even Siouxsie and The Banshees T-shirts trough the film, these are just some of the few details that provide the flick with its authenticity and the reason why it gained so much popularity and respect from the community. Let’s not forget that the film also planted the seed for a whole new generation of kids that saw it and did whatever they could afterward to get their hands on a skateboard!

An overall must-see flick! If you are new in skateboarding it will help you understand some of the backgrounds of the culture and if you are more on the older side and you skate you probably have seen the film plenty of times by now! But trust me, if you love skateboarding you WILL NOT get tired of seeing this SHIT®!


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