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Creature Feature Wednesdays: Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany, only on Syfy!

Back before this-vs.-that became a regular occurrence and movies like Sharknado were must-see events, the Syfy channel premiered an extraordinary showdown in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011)—and we’re not talking about the creatures.

What better way to create a TV movie experience than by forcing famed ’80s pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to battle it out amongst a bunch of CGI snakes and alligators? Never fear: It’s completely tongue-in-cheek all the way.

Tiffany vs Debbie Gibson

The Gist

Nikki (Debbie Gibson) is an animal rights activist/scientist who decides to release a bunch of exotic snakes into the wild. Terry (Tiffany) is a park ranger who discovers the snakes are quickly killing off the local alligator population. She grants local hunters the right to exterminate said snakes. Of course, the snakes quickly kill said hunters (including Terry’s fiancé). Terry’s solution? She injects dead chickens with some sort of super growth hormone before feeding the birds to the alligators. The alligators grow. The pythons continue to battle (and eat the now jacked-up alligators). And then the pythons grow. So, now we have giant pythons and alligators eating each other and anything (or anyone) that stands in their way. It’s creature-feature war.

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid

The film culminates at a VIP fundraising event, where Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) makes an appearance (before getting eaten), and Nikki and Terry have a catfight/food fight before realizing they must work together to restore reptilian normalcy.

Debbie Gibson vs Tiffany

The Gimmick and More

Truth be told, this movie’s tactic (Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson) work wells beyond the leading ladies. It’s totally fun watching these singers portray the tropes (authority vs. scientist) in a rather unconventional way—meaning, they’re both women with no leading man to get in the way (that’s my inner feminist speaking). But what’s more, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid widens its girl power by using both a female director (Mary Lambert) and screenwriter (Naomi Selfman). Of course, it’s a silly Asylum-made movie with carnage and cleavage aplenty—as anyone would and should expect—but knowing there’s lady muscle at both ends of the camera pushes it up a couple notches in my book.

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid: Debbie Gibson and Tiffany

But back to gimmicks: What other famous “feuding” duos would you want to see pitted against each other in a Syfy flick? I’m all in for Brenda (Shannen Doherty) vs. Kelly (Jennie Garth).

The Easter Eggs

Considering the leads, the potential for awesome gags and mentions is likely—and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid does not disappoint. Setting the ’80s/’90s throwback scene, one group shot shows a guy wearing a Kelly Kapowski shirt (Saved by the Bell). Then we see the two guys unashamedly choosing their pop-star sides: One wears a Debbie Gibson shirt (circa Electric Youth), and the other a Tiffany tour shirt.

Second, we have song lyrics as dialogue:

Nikki: I think we’re alone now.
There doesn’t seem to be anyone around.

Nikki: You are gonna get it, you gator-loving bitch!
Terry: Only in your dreams!

And finally, production company Asylum takes a dig at itself when a giant python attacks a blimp featuring the company’s logo.

Mega Python takes down Asylum blimp!

Fun Facts

As mentioned earlier, Mary Lambert directs. But did you know that Lambert directed Pet Sematary (1989) and its ’92 sequel? Lambert also directed her share of music videos, including another female pop icon in Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and “Material Girl” (and many more).

Speaking of songs, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson each did an original song for Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. Tiffany went a little country with “Serpentine,” and Debbie Gibson stuck to club/dance stuff with “Snake Charmer.”

View the trailer for Mega Python vs. Gatoroid below:

Tips for viewing: With the exception of a few, these movies are not masterpieces. Don’t view them as such. Don’t take them seriously. Watch them with friends and create your own commentary—on the acting, editing, bad choices, etc. And remember—have fun!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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