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The gang war of the sexes!
A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and murdered her best friend.
Regan MacNeil hell bent on revenge after her sister is savagely attacked by a gang of ruthless hoodlums. Curfew. The Scars. Street walkin'. Pussycat theatre. Spanish Fly. The silent sister. Strip search. Girls read Playgirl? Grand Theft Auto. Principal Wormer. Gym class. Dick grab. Cheerleaders. Steamy showers. Locker room chit-chat. Cat fight. Gang bang. House band. Bar brawl. Awesome fuckin' poetry. Sex-ed. Mismatched socks. Free fallin'. The way Jake and Fargo touch each other. Bedside confession. Tits in the tub. Switchblade. Boobie traps. Crossbow. Hit and run. Flesh and arrow. Pursuit. Paint. Flames. Stop, Drop, Roll. Righting a wrong. The soundtrack featuring John fuckin' Farnham is fuckin' 80's orgasmically fantastic. Linda Blair is perfect as the grieving sister turned badass…
Believe the trailer and you'll expect wall-to-wall primo vigilante justice, and while there's a little of that (maybe ten minutes total?) you'd be hard-pressed (or maybe just hard-up, if you know what I mean) to register anything like disappointment at the bounty of alternative pleasures you do receive: Linda Blair playing the toughest teenaged girl in the world (and not pulling it off), a dude wearing a razor blade for an earring (and totally pulling it off), the most gratuitous (and grossly misplaced) nudity in the history of awkward cinematic titties, over-the-top depictions of typical teen shenanigans like grand theft auto, gang rape, and murder-by-crossbowing-an-arrow-into-a-dude's-fucking-dick... The list is endless, and frankly unsatisfactory as an explanation of what makes Savage Streets…
By all accounts this is a terrible movie. It's also terribly entertaining. I'm not sure that the makers of this movie were in on the joke (though I have my hunches), but I'm not interested in categorizing my enjoyment anyway. It's a fun, campy, revenge exploitation flick where the characters go to a high school where they can smoke and swear, but only get in trouble when they tear a girl's shirt off. But that's okay because the girls are all taking theirs shirts off all the time.
Also, crossbows. They're great. But why did Chewbacca have one that shot lasers? That seems illogical to me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A true guilty pleasure and cult classic. Savage Streets is a delicious slice of 80s cheese that shouldn't be missed by fans of vigilante flicks or similar films from the era. I caught this exploitation gem on a YouTube channel hosting cult flicks from many different decades. Right from the moment that cheeseball hard rock opening theme played (which almost sounds like a rip-off of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"), I was hooked.
Set in Los Angeles, much of it seems like a girls-vs-boys storyline, with the main characters being a girl group led by Brenda (played by Linda Blair of The Exorcist fame), who posses a very typical "bad girl" personality with a cocky attitude and foul-mouth. On the other…
Revenge movies always leave me cold. The suggestion that there is justice in revenge bothers me deeply, and rape-revenge movies are especially problematic. If that weren't the core of this film, I'd love it. It has a ridiculously eighties soundtrack, over-the-top performances, and a fucking crossbow. But it even ends with the characters baldly proclaiming everything was "made right" by Blair's murderous rampage. It's both appalling and stupid.
An experience like no other. Linda Blair with that terrible hair and that pumping 80s soundtrack, jesus christ. It's a decent revenge flick, in fact its probably one of the better ones to come out the 80s despite its lack of gore. Some scenes are brutal though.
brb going to get me a razor blade earring
When the vigilante killing the poster promises starts, it's pretty great - it's just that it takes 2/3 of the movie to get there. I'm not saying the pre-venge stuff is bad, but I was promised a lot more crossbow killing than I received.
Also one of the bad guys is transformed into a firesuit wearing a wig, which is pretty awesome.
Stage two of Linda Blair's "bad girl" initiative. Grime with glory, she positions herself as the not-so-reluctant antihero.
While I always say that there are good and bad in every genre, it is also true that there isn't much good about "Savage Streets" despite the fact that it is considered something of a classic in the world of exploitation cinema. It certainly is vile and reprehensible, but I never took it seriously for a second and because of that, I was able to enjoy it solely on the basis of pure cinematic trash.
While it will never been anything but offensive to most, I was able to appreciate the skill that went into the making of it, including the better-than-average cinematography, the hilariously horrible one-liners and the spunky lead performance from Linda Blair. You would almost feel sorry…
Man this film was all over the place. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. It kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.
Actors -- D
Direction -- C
Writing -- D
Music -- B
Wow...just...WOW! Savage Streets is one of those films that simply cannot be made today! Regardless of the setting and story, there is no way that the powers that be in Hollywood would ever film something like this today. It is a stunning film, yes I said it, stunning! Being a child of the 80s I appreciate the setting, fashion and story. The 80s were violent, let's be realistic here. Now I'm not saying it's exactly like the film but living in a city in the 80s could be scary. The gangs, the violence, the ineffective police. This is a story of that time, taken to an extreme.
Linda Blair owns the role of Brenda, a street wise tough high school…
An exploitation classic starring Linda Blair and Linnea Quigley. A fun film full of rough violence and nudity. Directed by the late, great Danny Steinmann. Lots of fun revisiting this one.
Great movie. Seriously. Bitching soundtrack (the best of these four movies in my opinion), sexy as hell Linda Blair, revenge murders and so on. The very staple of high school horror movies from the eighties. In many ways superior to Class of 1984.
I don’t know why Linda Blair didn’t do that many movies in her later years because she’s pretty good here. Cynical, energetic and sexy even before she gets her black suit on. And she’s not the only one! Her sister is played by Linnea Quigley who would one year later play as Trash in Return of the Living Dead. All in all, a pretty solid cast.
Okay, so the movie isn’t perfect. It’s another slow burn, with the action really happening in the last ten minutes. Still, the story throws enough surprises at you to have you go “what? WHOA”. A scene with one of the friends about to get married comes to mind.
Definitely worth watching
In early June, 2013, my best friend killed herself.
She took a cab to the middle of nowhere and vanished,…