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Movie Legends Revealed | Nintendo Owns Rights to ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Porn Parody?

supermariobrothersMOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Nintendo owns the rights to Super Hornio Brothers, a porn parody of Super Mario Bros.

A curious sort of boom market has developed in recent years for high-end porn parodies of popular films and TV series, particularly those featuring superheroes, like Batman XXX: A Porn Parody (CBR spoke to the director of the film at the time and it is fascinating how much care is put into the production of these films. As CSBG’s Sonia Harris noted a while back, the costume for the porn parody of Wonder Woman looks better and more like the actual comic book character than the costume for the David E. Kelley television pilot!). While these porn parodies have become big business, the idea has been around for decades. You would be hard pressed to pick a notable television series or film that hasn’t had a porn parody (I wrote a Comic Book Legends Revealed on a Superman porn parody that DC sued over 30 years ago). However, very rarely do you ever see the inspiration for the porn parody ever get involved in the parody and yet that’s exactly what happened with Nintendo and the 1993 film Super Hornio Brothers.

In 1993, porn actor and director Buck Adams decided to create a porn parody of the video game Super Mario Bros., which was being adapted into a major motion picture that year starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as heroic plumber brothers Mario and Luigi, Dennis Hopper as the evil King Koopa and Samantha Mathis as Princess Daisy. Adams found some difficulty securing funding for his elaborately planned production (three days of filming, the porn equivalent of about nine months for a regular movie). His original backer, Sin City Entertainment, dropped out over the production costs, and Adams was able to sign with Midnight Video by agreeing to reduce his filming schedule to just two days. The resulting film, however, was too long to release on its own, so it was split into two films, Super Hornio Brothers and Super Hornio Brothers 2. The films star Ron Jeremy and TT Boy as brothers Squeegie Hornio and Ornio Hornio. They’re computer programmers who get sucked into their unfinished video game and must save Princess Perlina (played by Chelsea Lynx) from the evil King Pooper (played by Adams himself, using a weird voice). Beyond the slightly more involved production, the film isn’t exactly memorable; it’s just a typical porn parody of the day: some silly attempts at plot, some costumes and then a lot of sex. What sets this film apart, however, is what happened after it was released.

superhornioNintendo, you see, is very protective of its intellectual property. After the actual Super Mario Bros. film turned out to be a critical and commercial flop (not even making back half of its budget at the box office), Nintendo has been extremely cautious with licensing characters for future films, presumably fearing any negative backlash (although it did allow Bowser from Super Mario Bros. to make a cameo in Wreck-It Ralph). So naturally enough, the company wasn’t a fan of the major porn parody of Super Mario Brothers, so it purchased the rights to the two films with the specific intent of burying the films, which is exactly what happened.

This strange occurrence was discovered in 2008 by Zack Parsons of Something Awful when he set out to confirm the existence of the two films, which was surprisingly difficult to do. Eventually he managed to get a hold of a copy of the second film (which contains a recap of the first) to review in his “Horrors of Pornography” column. Parsons’ search shed new light on this “lost” film, including the revelation of Nintendo’s purchase of the rights (confirmed on the website of the film’s star, Ron Jeremy, explaining why the film cannot be re-offered now).

The legend is …

STATUS: True

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  • MychaelDarklighter

    The popular one when I was a kid was Edward Penishands. I remember that because the words ran together into one name like that we thought it was pronounced “Peenish hands”.