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Sweet Sixteen - Blutiges Inferno (1983)

Teenager Melissa moves into a small town filled with racial prejudice and bullying and each time she meets up with one of the boys in town, they end up murdered - but who is the killer?

Director:

Jim Sotos

Writer:

Erwin Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Hopkins ... Sheriff Dan Burke
Susan Strasberg ... Joanne Morgan
Patrick Macnee ... Dr. John Morgan
Don Stroud ... Billy Franklin
Dana Kimmell ... Marci Burke
Don Shanks ... Jason Longshadow
Aleisa Shirley ... Melissa Morgan
Steve Antin ... Hank Burke
Sharon Farrell ... Kathy Hopkins
Logan Clarke ... Jimmy
Michael Pataki ... George Martin
Henry Wilcoxon ... Greyfeather
Larry Storch ... Earl
Michael Cutt ... Frank (as Michael J. Cutt)
Glenn Withrow ... Johnny Franklin
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Storyline

A beautiful lonely girl named Melissa tries to make new friends from a town she's currently living in. The only problem is, each of the boys that she spends time with end up brutally murdered. Her sixteenth birthday is on the way, but Melissa turns out to be a suspect when it seems she's the last person who has seen her boyfriends alive. Written by Kelly Nicklay <Topaz@montana.com>

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Why are all the boys dying to meet Melissa? See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Sixteen See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film of Henry Wilcoxon. See more »


Soundtracks

Melissa's Theme
Music and Lyrics by Joel Wertman & Mark Wertman
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Whodunit slasher in a Southwestern town with a likable cast
1 May 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 1983 and directed by Jim Sotos, "Sweet 16" chronicles events in a West Texas town when a new family moves into town and there are a series of murders revolving around the 16 year-old daughter (Aleisa Shirley). The sheriff (Bo Hopkins) and deputy (Michael Cutt) try to track down the killer. Dana Kimmell and Steve Antin play the Sheriff's kids while Patrick Macnee and Susan Strasberg play the parents of the new girl.

While this is a slasher, it's not overly gory and could be categorized as a whodunit mystery. The story kicks off with a quality bar confrontation, which reveals the racial tension in the town between whites and Natives. Despite all the gushing over the new girl (Aleisa Shirley), she's not all that, i.e. no curves. Dana Kimmell is the real beauty here.

The cast is likable, particularly Hopkins as the main protagonist, and the early 80's ambiance is to die for. Don Shanks is notable as a kick axx Native. I liked the movie and enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was amidst the red herrings, but found the wrap up a little eye-rolling and unsatisfying.

THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour, 30 minutes and was shot on the outskirts of Los Angeles. WRITER: Erwin Goldman. ADDITIONAL CAST: Don Stroud is on hand as a troublemaking cowboy.

GRADE: B-


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