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Paula Parkins is the teenage daughter of wealthy parents whom don't seem to make time for her, so she looks for thrills as the leader of her all girl gang who steal, rob, and rape young men. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jean Moorhead ... Paula Parkins

Barbara Weeks ... Jane Parkins
Art Millan ... Carl Parkins (as Arthur Millan)
Theresa Hancock ... Georgia
Joanne Cangi ... Geraldine
Gloria Farr ... Phyllis
Glen Corbett ... Barney Stetson
Lee Constant ... Sheila

I. Stanford Jolley ... Judge Clara
Timothy Farrell ... Lt. Holmes (as Timothy Farell)
F. Chan McClure ... Det. Artman
Bruno Metsa ... Manny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Keaton ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
William Morgan  (as Wm. M. Morgan)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward D. Wood Jr. 

Produced by
Roy Reid .... producer
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography) (as Wm. C. Thompson)
Film Editing by
Gerard Wilson 
Makeup Department
Steven Clensos .... makeup artist (as Stephen Clensos)
Art Department
Jack Miles .... set director
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Leonetti .... master electrician
Music Department
Michael Terr .... music supervisor (as Manuel Francisco)

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65 min
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The girl attacked in the park is named "Shirley" which was Ed Wood's cross dressing name and was featured even more prominately in his later filmsSee more »
Continuity: The police car seen in driving footage is different from the one seen parked. The word "POLICE" is seen on the moving car but is absent from the parked one.See more »
Carl Parkins:It does no good to look back. It can only be more of a hurt. We must now look forward, using the past only as a pattern of judgment for the future.See more »
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Featured in Extra Weird (2003) (V)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful. a 2x4 upside your head!!, 12 November 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Please note: My score of 2 does NOT mean that this film isn't fun. In fact, THE VIOLENT YEARS is a wonderful film to watch. Just don't assume this makes it a good film or a picture made by competent film makers! No, its watchability is because it is so incredibly lacking in any subtlety that make it a must-see for bad movie fans. In other words, if you like laughing at films such as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, then this film is definitely for you! The film begins with a judge lecturing two parents and basically saying that any time a teen goes bad it is because the parents are to blame! While this is true in some cases, the film pounds home this contention with all the subtlety and grace of a 2x4 being smacked repeatedly against your head!! As the judge is talking, the mother begins to think back about recent events and wonder if she DID have anything to do with her daughter becoming a menace to society.

This daughter turns out to be like a Jekyll and Hyde sort of person--acting sweet in front of Mom and being an evil thrill-seeking idiot outside the home. For kicks, she and her three friends rob gas stations, destroy schools and rape men. Oddly, however, they are not caught for the longest time because you can only assume everyone in the town (especially the cops) are idiots! The girls leave lots of fingerprints and other evidence behind but the cops conclude at one point that it's the work of a gang of men from another town!! While the girls DID disguise themselves for one of the robberies, it's pretty obvious they weren't guys!!! And, when they raped a man and left him and his girlfriend as witnesses, don't you think they could have identified the girls?! And, later in the film, when one of the father's co-workers comes to the house and one of the girls' boyfriends pulls a knife and threatens the visitor, don't you think perhaps this MIGHT have clued somebody in to the fact that the girl and her friends were up to no good?! Regardless, the bad acting and silly script is very watchable in a salacious and laughable sort of way--particularly if you enjoy laughing at such films as REEFER MADNESS, SEX MADNESS or HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL. Plus, it is just funny seeing the actors(?) having trouble with their lines (such as the judge who appears to be reading his lines as he talks to the parents) and the inconsistent and brainless writing (for which Ed Wood was responsible). I particularly loved it when two of the bad girls just told a crook that they shot a cop---and then this crook picks up the phone and tries to call the police! Didn't they just say they killed a policeman?! Didn't you think perhaps they might do the same if you made this phone call?! Duh.

Overall, because the film is so earnestly stupid, it holds a near and dear place in the heart of every bad film fan--you know, the sort of people who enjoy laughing at horrible films as an exercise in self-torture. If you aren't the sort of person who likes to do this, then my advice is to steer clear!!

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