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Savage Streets
     

Savage Streets

Director: Danny Steinmann

Cast: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer

 

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Heather (Linnea Quigley), the deaf-mute sister of Brenda (Linda Blair) is gang-raped in a drawn-out, violent scene at the beginning of this routine vengeance movie, a scene that provides the motivation for Brenda's rampage through the rest of the film. Dressed in a special outfit that bares enough skin to suit the standards of this genre and armed with a crossbow,

Overview

Heather (Linnea Quigley), the deaf-mute sister of Brenda (Linda Blair) is gang-raped in a drawn-out, violent scene at the beginning of this routine vengeance movie, a scene that provides the motivation for Brenda's rampage through the rest of the film. Dressed in a special outfit that bares enough skin to suit the standards of this genre and armed with a crossbow, Brenda goes after the young punks in the "Scars" gang who raped her sister -- with predictably gory results. Surrounding this miniature Charles Bronson is a society burdened with parodies of "good" people: the school principal who is only superficially tough, and the upper-class teens whose thought processes were arrested shortly after kindergarten. Stereotypical and transparent, this teen movie is interesting because it does promote a woman in a "hero" role, but the subject matter and violence will not appeal to everyone.

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On legitimate critical terms, Savage Streets doesn't work: the writing is ridiculous, the acting is absurdly cartoonish and the storytelling is too over-the-top to be taken seriously. However, Savage Streets can be quite entertaining if approached as campy grindhouse trash. The script might be ridiculous, but it combines raunchy dialogue and sledgehammer storytelling in a way that leaves the viewer wondering what nasty thing will happen next. In terms of acting, Linda Blair does the only thing a rational actor can do when confronted with a project like this: she has fun with it. She never condescends to the material -- indeed, it's easy to cheer her character on when she gets righteously angered -- but Blair brings a sassy, knowing sensibility to the role and works wonders with her character's trashy one-liners. All the villains overact, but they do so with such fierce intensity that it's fascinating to watch as they devour the scenery (top honors go to Johnny Venocur as the 'reluctant' participant of the gang). It also worth noting that reliable character thesp John Vernon steals his handful of scenes here, playing what might the world's most foul-mouthed high school principal. Finally, Danny Steinmann's direction seals the deal: his pacing gets a little rickety during the film's mid-section but he piles on the exploitable elements with nasty glee when the story demands it and creates the kind of overheated atmosphere necessary for memorable sleazoi filmmaking. To sum up, Savage Streets is trash -- but it is unapologetic trash that goes for the sleazy gusto so it will have a certain charm for devotees of exploitation filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
UPC:
0851740003406
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Scorpion Records
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Reversible Cover; Original Trailer; 3 Audio Commentaries; Interviews from previous release with Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, John Strong, Johnny Venocur and Robert Dryer; ; Includes brand new never-before-seen interviews with cast members Scott Mayer, Sal Landi, Robert Dryer, JOhnny Venocur and Producer John Strong - Exclusive to this release only!; Watch this in "Kat Skratch Cinema" format with our Hostess Katarina Leigh Waters or play feature only

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Blair Brenda
John Vernon Principal Underwood
Robert Dryer Jake
Johnny Venocur Vince
Sal Landi Fargo
Scott Mayer Red
Debra Blee Rachel
Lisa Freeman Francine
Linnea Quigley Heather
Marcia Karr Actor
Luisa Leschin Maria
Ina Romeo Actor
Jill Bunker Actor
Mitch Carter Actor
Richard DeHaven Actor
Bob de Simone Actor
Susan Dean Actor
Louis Zito Actor
Brian Mann Actor
Catherine McGoohan Actor
Sean O'Grady Actor
Rebecca Perle Actor
Paula Shaw Actor
Troy Tompkins Actor
Perla Walter Actor
Judy Walton Actor
Carole Ita White Actor
Kristi Somers Actor
Sal Lindi Actor

Technical Credits
Danny Steinmann Director,Screenwriter
Nancy Arnold Set Decoration/Design
John L. Chambliss Executive Producer
John D'Andrea Score Composer
Ninkey Dalton Art Director,Asst. Director
B.J. Davis Set Decoration/Design,Stunts
Michael Franzese Executive Producer
Al Jones Stunts
Alan Jones Set Decoration/Design
Nancy King Asst. Director
Cleve Landsberg Associate Producer
Michael Lloyd Score Composer
John O'Connor Editor
Stephen L. Posey Cinematographer
Johnny C. Strong Producer
Bruce Stubblefield Editor
Norman Yonemoto Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Savage Streets
1. Chapter 1 [7:39]
2. Chapter 2 [7:01]
3. Chapter 3 [5:54]
4. Chapter 4 [8:35]
5. Chapter 5 [8:47]
6. Chapter 6 [6:43]
7. Chapter 7 [9:32]
8. Chapter 8 [6:14]
9. Chapter 9 [7:58]
10. Chapter 10 [7:19]
11. Chapter 11 [14:05]
12. Chapter 12 [2:45]

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