The profound effect the action films of the 1980s had on the Con City novels is fairly apparent, yet, recent motion pictures have also greatly influenced the creation of this black comedy crime universe. A prime example is the 2010 mini series Hooker With A Heart Of Gold.
Independently produced and released as a five part web series, Hooker With A Heart Of Gold is essentially a two and a half hour love letter to the craziness of the 1980s. It tells the story of a doctor who invents an artificial heart made of pure gold that can reanimate the dead, and the hooker who winds up being the first recipient of the revolutionary discovery. And then of course there's the criminal underworld, the assorted unsavory figures of which make the lives our heroes very difficult in various ways.
The movie is cheesy, fun, features a fantastic soundtrack, and is full of memorable characters. Perhaps the one who stands out the most is Steele, a villain who belongs in the same league with the likes of Mister Joshua and Ned Trent. And despite the low budget, the film delivers authentic performances and even a couple of shootouts. The final showdown of the movie, even with the budget special effects, is a blast to watch.
Hooker With A Heart Of Gold is every bit as batshit crazy as a Con City novel, hence it's hardly a surprise that this film provided galores of inspiration for Con City. If you've never seen it, check it out at the website of independent film maker and 80s expert Brad Jones, also known as the Cinema Snob.