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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.
What do you get when you combine Linda Blair, gratuitous nudity, cold hard revenge and a soundtrack that sounds like it belongs in a Rocky sequel? Savage Streets!
From the director of porn, porn and Friday the 13th Part V comes a tale of big-breasted ladies, tough gang members, shower scenes, shower fighting scenes (you can't make that shit up), bathing, blouse ripping, rapes and Linda claiming some of that sweet crossbow revenge! This is a regular who's who of 80's horror, and it's both shameless and shamelessly fun at the same time. Something about a foul-mouthed principal commenting on the girl's "good figures" always cracks me up.
I must say that there's a lot of silly (naked) stuff before…
I almost feel as if I'm going to get myself in trouble while talking about this film. It does a lot of stuff right but it isn't anything more than simply sufficient in how it tells its story. In fact, it doesn't really work very well at all. So instead, I'll go with a list format.
Things I Liked About The Movie:
1) "Well, she shouldn't have been there."
2) Awesome female gang that don't take shit from no one.
3) Bitchin' 80s soundtrack
4) Violent retribution
5) Good story structure and beats
6) Takes it's time so we give a shit about the characters
7) Obvious nod to Ms. 45
The only girl that got raped was the only one that wore a bra.
"Too bad you're not double-jointed."
"Because if you were, you'd be able to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye!"
I love this exploitation/revenge flick. Linda Blair kicks ass, John Vernon plays his usual slimy dickhead character, Linnea Quigley is a mute, and the music rocks.
After watching The Exorcist (1973) earlier I decided to have a bit of a Linda Blair double bill by following it up with Savage Streets. It should go without saying, but these are two very different films. Personally, I thought Linda Blair was a little miscast in the role - but that may be because I associate her so strongly with her character in The Exorcist, and understandably she can't keep playing the innocent little girl role. Still, seeing her leather-clad and badass is a little disconcerting. Otherwise, this is a fairly standard rape-and-revenge film, albeit with an excellent soundtrack.
The most terrifying scene in the whole movie is the chipmunk faced Linda Blair's "deeply reflective" scene stark naked in a bathtub.
I still suffer PTSD because of it.
The revenge didn't equal the savagery of the original crime. Could've done with more gore and torture delivered by Linda. Definitely not a character to cross.
A vehicle for Linda Blair's Tits. I don't find her attractive in the slightest so this movie is wasted on me. Buy the John Farnham soundtrack instead.
If Lloyd Kaufman did a serious drama and took a more artful approach to his craft, this would be the result. Insanely intense, coked-out acting and difficult to stomach scenes of violence amidst the ’80s B-movie cheese. One of the more entertaining rape-revenge flicks.
The pinnacle of 80s exploitation rape/revenge bliss. Very entertaining, super sleazy and 100% awesome.
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