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Terror on the Beach (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Action | Thriller  -  18 September 1973 (USA)
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A family's outing turns out badly as they are terrorized by a gang of young thugs.

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Roberta Collins ...
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A family's outing turns out badly as they are terrorized by a gang of young thugs.

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Attack Of The Mannequin Rapists
16 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

If you ever get the chance to see TERROR ON THE BEACH don't miss it because it's a great example of how not to write a screenplay . Robert McKee will no doubt read this and violently disagree but I'm giving you free advice here guys and I won't be charging any fees

Inciting incident - This is the plot turn that sets up the plot proper . This TVM doesn't actually have one . The villains are bad because they're bad and the victims are victims because they're victims . There should be a reason for this but here there no reason because there is no inciting incident

Foreshadowing - Easy mistake to make when the writer knows what's happening therefore so does his characters before anything has happened . Here a family in their camper van see some vehicles speeding behind them and they begin to panic . Why ? Because they know the baddies are driving behind them but because it's the opening scene and they've never met the characters or even have any knowledge of them they still show fear . Either there's too much foreshadowing or this family in the camper van can tell the future

Oh and try not to write characters as being totally black and white . I found the script here very reactionary . These crazy hippy/biker kids represent youth while the Glynn family represent middle class American values . No doubt the youths dodged the draft and dodge paying taxes with equal fervour . They even have a mannequin in their truck . Why ? It's never revealed but you can read between the lines and conclude that it's some kind of sex toy , drill some holes in certain parts , fill the holes with raw offal and put a strap on at the front of it and you have an object that can be used and abused for sexual gratification of draft dodging tax evading delinquent scum . Nothing is too depraved for these wild kids . If they pick on honest hard working middle class tax payers for no reason then gang rape of a plastic mannequin is very low grade depravity for these moral degenerates

One thing that perhaps hasn't anything to do with screen writing is casting . I wouldn't say Dennis Weaver is wooden but if he stood next to a rack of pool cues they'd be the Royal Shakespeare Company in comparison . When the bad boy leaders of the gang say they're going to teach the Glynns a lesson it might be ones in acting

Anyway if you get the chance watch this TVM if there's nothing else on , it's watchable though you'll be confused as to why you're enjoying it


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