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A decade or so after her head-turning performance as a puking,
foul-mouthed possessed girl in The Exorcist, Linda Blair's movie career
wasn't exactly flourishing. Bad news for Linda, but good news for fans
of trashy movies.
With the now chubby actress (reportedly) hooked on drugs, and quality roles a thing of the past, Linda made the inevitable move into the world of exploitation cinema.
After playing an innocent girl banged up in a lesbian hell-hole in the wonderfully sleazy WIP movie Chained Heat, Linda starred in the violent revenge drama Savage Streets, which saw her in one of her finest (ie. cheesiest) roles of the 80s, as Brenda, the street-smart leader of a gang of high-school girls, who turns vigilante after her deaf/mute sister (played by a young Linnea Quigley) is gang-raped and her best friend is murdered.
With cat-fights in the school showers, tons of gratuitous nudity (even Linda gets her thruppennies out!), a protracted rape scene, bad disco dancing, nasty deaths (and even nastier 80s fashion), awful dialogue, several lame 'Porkys'-style comedy moments, and a rockin' soundtrack by John Farnham, Savage Streets is tacky sleazoid trash of the highest order.
A suitably silly ending sees a big-haired, lip-glossed, leather-catsuited, crossbow-toting Brenda hunting down and killing the gang who diddled her little sister and threw her best bud off a bridgeand then being allowed to walk away scot free by a seemingly uninterested bunch of cops, who arrive on the scene just as our heroine has toasted her final scumbag.
If you enjoy low-budget trash, do yourself a favour and check this one out ASAP.
Definitely the highlight of Linda Blair's post-Exorcist career, this sleezy tale of high school revenge is a must for bad film fans everywhere.
This touching tale tells the story of Brenda (Blair), a tough high school gal who spends her nights drinking peach brandy on the streets of LA with her equally tough friends. One night, they make the mistake of messing with a gang called the Scars ("careful Brenda, these dudes look dangerous"), and before you know it, the Scars have raped and beaten Brenda's deaf, mute sister. Once Brenda learns the truth of what happened, she vows revenge on those responsible.
Directed by Daniel Steinman (Friday the 13th Pt 5), this film has some of the best (and worst) dialogue ever to grace the screen. Blair is fantastic, a hilarious mix of flared nostrils and foul language. Even better is John Vernon,as the principal, in his second film with Blair (Chained Heat is another must see). Vernon steals every scene he's in, whether he's telling Brenda she has "a great body" (!) or telling the Scars to "go f**k an iceberg"!
This is the ultimate 80s high school movie - terrible music, awful acting, questionable violence and gratuitous nudity. Seek it out if you haven't seen it. It's best seen in it's uncut form, as here in the UK twelve minutes were censored!
Savage Streets (1984) is one of my favorite trashy flicks. Linda Blair
is out for revenge! Dressed in black and armed with a crossbow (that
has one heck of a pull) walking the streets, stalking the street scum
that have wronged her family and friends. See her marinate in the tub,
calculating her every move. This movie's classic Linda Blair. If you
love bad movies, this ones for you. It has everything a b-movie fan
loves. Bad dialog, hammy acting, pedestrian direction and sleaze (the
good kind, not the one that gives you bad flashbacks or nightmares). A
couple of the genre's mainstays also have supporting roles, Linnea
Quigley and John Vernon make co-star appearances (what no Michelle
Bauer?). This movie has bad girls, bad clothes and bad attitude. I
highly recommend this movie.
For trash lovers only.
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This is one of my fave rapesploitation flicks ever!!! This cult classic
continues Linda Blair's downward spiral into Hollywood's seedy side
that had such highlights as the Rick James romance, dope, chubbiness, a
spread in Oui, and the fabulous WIP flick Chained Heat. Not only that,
but Savage Streets also boasts nice performances from John Vernon
(Animal House) and Linnea Quigley! And there's tons of boobs, too! If
you're a male and you aren't searching eBay or Amazon right now, you
may be gay...and that's okay, but you might not enjoy this movie quite
Serious nuggets of love oughta be heaped on this movie...and there's not even a DVD release! GRRR! Man oh man, I would have to describe my reaction to seeing the big old plastic VHS box of Savage Streets on the video store shelf as pure beaming unbridled joy, as if God were real and he was fingering my prostate. Sheer f--king happiness, man. This s--t is mint. This s--t is the s--t.
You might be saying to yourself (it's okay, no one's around) "Well, this all sounds well and good, but does this movie have a coherent plot!" If that is what you're thinking, BEAT IT, STUPID! This film may not be for you. But if you're waiting for me to tell you why (and I'm holding back quite a bit here) this movie kicks the crap out of anything you've ever ever seen, read on, my discerning friend.
Oh sure, there are other movies out there. But do those movies feature Linda Blair as the leader of a girl gang and Linnea Quigley as her deaf-mute sister? I submit that they do not because if they did they would be this movie, Savage Streets (1984), directed by Danny Steinmann (a hack with F13th Part 5 as his biggest credit).
Linda Blair is Brenda. Linnea Quigley is Heather. John Vernon essentially plays the same role as always--Jerk. Linda Blair's band of merry skanks clash with the local coke-peddling boy gang. The boys and girls don't like each other very much. They act like muskrats and snakes. Sweet young thing Heather (deaf-mute, remember?) takes the brunt of the Scars'(boy gang) rage against the gals. Raped and left for dead, Heather is found by Brenda, who swears revenge.
At the same time, there's this b---h at school that's always givin' Brenda grief. The nerve of her! For the love of Eve, can you believe they added a subplot about teen girl rivalry (over a guy who's a complete tool, btw) just so they could justify a classroom catfight that ends in a chick's top being ripped off in front of everyone?!?! They even throw in the old "pregnant chick thrown off a bridge" gag. That's when Brenda starts pulling herself back up by the boot straps (after a pensive bath session where we see her floaters) and dons a leather outfit and a crossbow to kick some a--. And the ending is no slouch either. Lines like "Too bad you're not double-jointed...because if you were, you'd be able to bend over and kiss your a-- goodbye," are bandied about. My feelings? Phenomenal. Do not pass this sweeeeeeeet flick up ever ever ever!!!
Savage Streets (1984) is directed by Danny Steinmann and this belongs to
better achievements of the vigilante genre. Brenda's (Linda Blair) deaf
little sister Heather (Linnea Quickley) is abused by a brutal street gang
and left to her agony on the school floor. Her sister is very tough and
powerful (both physically and mentally) and soon she begins her own war
against those b****rds that raped and killed innocent people.
There are no morals in this films, but as far as one is interested in vigilante movies (which may include some morals, too) this is very pleasant classic from the 1980's as these films are not made anymore. The rape scene is pretty disturbing as the girl cannot even scream. The violence is not too heavy but heavy enough to shock the mainstream audience, and this would probably not get an R rating nowadays in its full form, but then, it didn't get it back then, either. Linnea is very beautiful and acts her silent role convincingly, and her sister's actress Linda Blair is also fantastic and should scare all the males with her crossbow and killer expression on her face..
I liked this flick, because I love these nostalgic (just listen to the marvelous soundtrack!!!) street films from the 80's. Others of its kind are for example Lustig's Vigilante, Winner's Death Wish (from the 70's but still) and Ferrara's Ms. 45. Savage Streets is not too intelligent movie but as a trash exploitation this is very important piece of genre's history, in my opinion! And of course there is a shower scene without any other purpose than to show us naked women. And also a fight scene in the shower! And also.. Well, fans of the genre know exactly what to expect from this kind of film: great dialogue and characters, nudity, gratuitous violence, rock and disco music and so on, and Savage Streets delivers it all and so is recommended for fans of this kind of low budget exploitation.
This is not a film that anyone is proud of, I'm sure.
The mere premise of Linda Blair as a street tough is enough to crack me up. And, when you see her in action, spouting the insipid dialogue, you wish that you were watching The Exorcist again.
SAVAGE STREETS, despite some dull parts, is entertaining. The locales are seedy, the music is canned. Blair is hilariously butch. John Vernon is solid as the strutting principal.
But the film is painful to watch in some parts. A good example is the rape scene with Quigley. Linnea is playing a deaf girl who's character is underage. So when the camera shows her trying to scream, having her clothes ripped off by toughs, it is anything but entertaining. I felt that Quigley, as is her usual, was attempting to make her part as credible as possible. Her performance is much better than the film, but the script and direction fail her. I was upset when she was attacked in the film; it is a tasteless and gratuitous scene.
Of course, good taste and restraint were the last things I expected from this film.
The rape scene is a plot point, however.When Blair goes on her brief rampage, you know where this movie is headed storywise. The film turns into Death Wish, with hints of high school delinquint movies.
Too many borrowed ideas, and not enough real humor; SAVAGE STREETS is an exploitation film without irony.
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This is definitely one of the better 80's white trash b movies out
there. It also falls into the long running category of rape/revenge
themed films, but this is not nearly as gory as many of them are. This
is more a mix of 80's cheese, with a decent dose of nudity, sexuality,
foul language, and fairly tame low budget violence. There is no
question that this film all out glorifies revenge, at least when the
crimes against are severe enough, "Made things right" is truly it's
conclusion. Obviously, if you like 80's trash or sleazy revenge tales,
this is a film for you. There is no doubt that this film was mostly
aimed toward the dirty old men and horny young men audience, although
I'm not saying that those are the only people who will enjoy it or did
enjoy it necessarily. Overall as a film I'd say it's worth a look.
"Disco sucks/Punk is dead/Give me rock/Or give me head"
Brenda (Linda Blair), along with her high school friends, feels its a
good idea to steal some hoodlum's car & total it after her deaf/mute
sister walks into the middle of the road and almost gets hit by them.
This doesn't sit well for the decidedly homo-erotic gang of 'bad boys'
lead with sadistic panache by Jake, so they decide to rape Brenda's
sister which leads to her seeking vengeance in this 80's exploitation
Some might say that this film is simple-minded and while there's truth to that and it's a valid point, this film is also a pretty good piece of trash that wears it's exploitation badge on it's sleeve. I admire that and it's a fun enough seedy little ride that lets me excuse Blair's terribly campy acting throughout. Director Danny Stienmann does a bang-up job and if he'll just do another film of this caliber I promise i'll forgive him for "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" Oh yeah, and I have to give props to John Vernon, as well, as his part, though rather small, is still greatness.
Eye Candy: Linda Blair, Rebecca Perle, and Suzee Slater get topless; Linnea Quigley shows boobs and a hint of muff (but it's in a very unerotic scene); various extras show tits, ass & bush in the obligatory shower scene
My Grade: B+
BCI's 2-disc set DVD Extras: Disc 1) Audio commentary by director Danny Steinmann; Second commentary by actors Robert Dryer and Sal Landi & director of photography Stephen Posey; & Third commentary by producer John Strong and actors Dryer and Johnny Venocur Disc 2) Interviews with Blair, Quigley, Venocur, Dryer, & Strong; Theatrical trailer for this film; and trailer for "Final Exam"
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****SPOILERS**** The first thing that I noticed right at the beginning
of the movie "Savage Streets", and then waited and waited until the
film was just about over, is that there were no police or law
enforcement personal in the movie at all. This in a film with a murder
a hit and run killing a rape drug dealing and brutal beatings and a
gory final. With three persons getting stabbed chopped and burned to a
crisp sprinkled throughout the movie until the very last scene when all
the damage was already done and there was nothing left for the cops,
who finally arrived, left to do to but to clean up the mess.
There was a brutal rape and beating of the movies star Linda Blair, Brenda's, sweet and innocent but hearing impaired and mute sister Heather,Linnca Quigley, by a gang of drug dealers Jake Vince Fargo & Red, Robert Dryer Johnny Venocur Sal Landi & Scott Myer. This outrage happens at the school gym that lasted for what seemed like a hour. With nobody hearing what was happening to poor Heather and calling for help. Even after she was found later there were no police at the scene at all.
There was also the scene where Jake throws another high school girl and good friend of Brenda Francine, Lisa Freemen, off a high bridge to her death in broad daylight with cars zooming back and forth with nobody bothering to call the cops. There was another scene at the MX disco where Jake and his friends savagely beat two persons almost to death with again no police being call to stop the bleeding. In fact the band playing didn't even miss a beat in their song as if the beating of the two was part of their act.
Linda Blair is at her friskiest and sexy best as Brenda in the movie as she takes on all comers.Having it out with Cindy, Rebecca Perle, who accused her of stealing her boyfriend Wes, Brian Mann, in a really wild cat fight in the girls gym shower. Later in the classroom Brenda has Cindy running for her life and from embarrassment as she pulled off her blouse and left her topless. Brenda also takes on the brutal drug gang after she found out who beat and raped her sister and killed her best friend from Vince. Vince got sick when he was forced to participate in the gang-rape and beating of Heather and finally quit the group, which later cost him his life, when they murdered Francine.
In full battle attire Brenda finishes off both Fargo & Red with a arrow from her cross-bow right in Fargo's throat. Then, after he slipped and fell, having a pair of bear-traps close around Red's leg and neck causing him to bleed to death. As well as her giving Jake such a work over that even Jason Voorhees of "Friday the Thirteenth" fame wouldn't have survived it. With Jake doing a good imitation of the movie "The Towering Inferno" at the end of the film.
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Linda Blair was at the height of her 80's trash exploitation fame when
she starred in this delectably down and dirty grindhouse sleaze howler
as Brenda, an over-aged high school "bad girl" senior who's the leader
of the tough all-girl gang the Satins. Trouble rears its ugly head when
the Satins run afoul of a brutish all-guy street gang called the Scars
(led by pockmarked sneering Neanderthal Robert Dryer). These detestable
no-count hoodlums not only viciously rape Brenda's innocent deaf mute
sister Heather (a very cute and endearing Linnea Quigley), but also
toss Brenda's pregnant best gal pal off a bridge to her death. Man, are
these guys real nasty customers. But have no fear. After sitting in a
bath tub topless and dragging on a cigarette while lost in deep
thought, the spunky and resourceful Brenda decks herself out in a
clingy skintight leather jumpsuit and breaks out both a crossbow and
some bear traps with the specific intent of hunting down and killing
the vile subhuman scum.
Director Danny Steinmann, who also blessed us with the criminally underrated early 80's psycho slasher gem "The Unseen" and the fifth "Friday the 13th" picture, really pours on the scorching sleaze with this choice chunk of 80's low-grade dreck. All the correct sensationally scuzzy elements are ripely abundant here: polished production values, a roaring rock score, plentiful graphic violence, profanity-ridden dialogue, a catfight, the expected gratuitous high school girls' gym locker room shower sequence, a harshly drawn-out, explicit and unflinching rape scene, and a generous sprinkling of bare female flesh (besides the luscious Linda and the adorable Linnea, the equally hot Rebecca Perle and Suzee Slater also show us their stuff). Moreover, we also get gleefully hammy overacting from a game cast (John Vernon in particular has himself a rip-snorting ball as the cranky, foul-mouthed high school principal). Overall, "Savage Streets" sizes up as a hugely enjoyable and satisfying serving of topflight tacky and raunchy 80's exploitation action revenge thriller junk.
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