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Sweet Sixteen (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?

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Jim Sotos

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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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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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What terrors are unleashed when a girl Turns Sweet Sixteen? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meisjes van zestien 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 »


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Melissa's Theme
Music and Lyrics by Joel Wertman & Mark Wertman
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Thank heavens for little girls…
15 October 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Beautiful teenager Melissa Morgan is a bit of a wild child, quickly attracting the attention of most of the local boys; however, those lucky enough to get close to her have a nasty habit of turning up dead.

This rather obscure 80s horror opens in classic stalk 'n' slash mode with a gratuitous shower scene, the 'sweet 16' of the title, schoolgirl Melissa (played by Aleisa Shirley, actually a good few years older than 16), giving herself a thorough wash for the benefit of the viewer. Normally, such a scene would be followed by the young woman, clad in a towel, leaving the shower to be stalked by a masked maniac, or would at least end with a false scare, but here there's no such payoff; it simply exists to get some gratuitous T&A on the screen, as does a later moment when the lovely girl goes skinny dipping.

Not that I'm complaining, because without the occasional spot of nudity from Shirley, this would be a lot less enjoyable, the actual horror content being fairly lame...

There are a number of killings throughout the film, but these are unexceptional stabbings shot in a frenzied manner at night, making them very disappointing for gore fans. The rest of the film consists primarily of dull police procedure, as Sheriff Dan Burke (Bo Hopkins) slowly pieces together clues to discover the identity of the killer, plus some clichéd racial tension between the town's rednecks and local Indians, none of which is particularly thrilling. In short, be grateful for the nekkidness when it happens.

4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for IMDb.


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