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Just for the Hell of It (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 6 November 1968 (USA)
A young teenage boy is blamed for a Florida neighborhood being terrorized. But the real culprits are a gang of four punks leading a group of local delinquents on a nihilistic lifestyle of destruction and mayhem.

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Allison Louise Downe (original screenplay) (as Louise Downe)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sager ... Dexter
Rodney Bedell Rodney Bedell ... Doug
Agi Gyenes Agi Gyenes ... Jeanne
Nancy Lee Noble ... Bitsy
Steve White Steve White ... Denny
Ralph Mullin Ralph Mullin ... Lummox
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Cransy
Geraldine Young Geraldine Young ... Teenybopper
John Shackleford John Shackleford ... Policeman #1
John Chaffin John Chaffin ... Policeman #2
A.V. Dreeson Sr. A.V. Dreeson Sr. ... Police Chief
A.V. Dreeson A.V. Dreeson ... Lt. Sanders
Paul Jensen Paul Jensen ... Diner Owner
Barry Whitmore Barry Whitmore ... Blind Man
Jim Pindras Jim Pindras ... Office Worker
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Storyline

A teenage gang led by the vicious Dexter; his girlfriend Mitzi; and friends Denny and Lummonx; create havoc in a small Florida town by harassing various people, vandalizing property, well... just for the hell of it. When a former gang member, Doug, tries to prevent their ever increasing violent antics, Denny takes it upon himself and a few loyal members of the gang to target Doug's girlfriend, Jeanne, to make him back off. Written by matt-282

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Here comes destruction incorporated! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destruction, Inc. See more »

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Production Co:

Argent Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Ray Sager, his character of Dexter was to die in the closing chase sequence, but due to mis-communication between him and director Herschell Gordon Lewis, Sager took a rest after a long day's filming and that night when they were supposed to film the climatic motorcycle-car chase scene, Lewis had left with his crew to set up the shoot and Sager didn't know where Lewis had gone with the crew to film the scene. Unable to find Sager (having forgotten about his taking a rest break), Lewis filmed the scene without him and substituted another character for the crash death scene. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lummox: You know, those guys are gonna be in a lot of trouble.
Dexter: Who cares, man?
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Soundtracks

Destruction Inc.
Music by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour)
Lyrics by Robert Lewis
Performed by Tary Rebenar (The Faded Blue)
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As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a … Juvenile Delinquent!
14 September 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Just for the Hell of It" isn't exactly the cinematic masterpiece Herschell Gordon Lewis will be remembered for. Lewis made himself immortal among horror/cult cinema fanatics as "The Godfather of Gore"; a nickname he earned because he was the first one to direct horror movies where blood, guts and gore literally burst from the screen. Movies like "Blood Feast", "Two-Thousand Maniacs", "The Gore Gore Girls" and "The Gruesome Twosome" truly represent HG Lewis' repertoire and lifework, whereas "Just for the Hell of it" is merely just a rapidly produced and nonchalantly elaborated story to cash in on the contemporary popular trend of juvenile delinquency thrillers. There's no actual story and particularly the first full hour of the film feels like a compilation episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos: The Bad Kids Edition". It's basically just a series of amateurishly edited together clips showing a gang of youthful thugs pulling pranks and committing petty crimes in their area. At first their pranks are quite pitiable and laughable (wetting people with a garden hose, smearing pies in a salesgirl's face…) but they gradually turn into harsh crimes and near the end of the film they even turned to gang-rape and murder. The gang members refer to themselves as "Destruction Inc" which is quite the apt name since they surely like to break all kinds of stuff, varying from people's mailboxes, living rooms, snack bars, boats and even baby-carriages. The "plot" only just starts to unfold itself after an hour into the film, when a courageous boy stands up against the vicious gang but then gets falsely accused, threatened and targeted for vengeance. Moral of the story: look the other way when violence is being committed near you! "Just for the Hell of it" is an okay film if you're into cheap and extremely low-budgeted 60's exploitation, but it definitely contains too many overlong sequences of padding and repetitiveness. It's just plain boring to watch a bunch of people demolish all the furniture in one and the same room for five whole minutes. The acting performances are below par, as to be expected from this type of poverty row film production, but it's nevertheless quite funny how these "juvenile" delinquents are depicted by actors and actresses who're all at least in their late twenties. The gangs' last crime on the beach and particularly the denouement form the undeniable highlights of "Just for the Hell of it" because these sequences are shocking and vile, and the use of make-up effects in these scenes finally state clear that you're watching a H.G Lewis' flick! The theme song is also very exhilarating and catchy, so I'll give an extra point for that as well.


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