A simple little prank turns violent, when a group of street girls lead by Brenda (Linda Blair) decides to teach a lesson to a street gang called the Scars. The girls steal their car and go on a joy ride. The Scars who are lead by Jake (Robert Dryer) take the opportunity for revenge by assaulting Brenda's sister Heather (Linnea Quigley). Brenda is consumed by guilt and the police have no suspects at the moment, but she's determined to see justice is served.-summary
I don't know, but it's just something that attracts me about Girl Power. Whether it's the super hot dream girl for me Linda Blair in the Savage Streets, the sexual chocolate Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, or the ultimate in girl power, Ms. R-E-S-P-E-C-T herself Aretha Franklin. Something wild just goes off inside of me and it's nothing really nice at all. Pretty much only dirty thoughts and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I love tough chicks for dates, in bed, as mistresses, but not as wives though. That's taking things way too far.
Directed by Danny Steinmann, Savage Streets is an exploitation film with a revenge theme, which was released in 1984. The film is typical 80's B. It's done with a low budget that's packed with 80's hot chicks, rock soundtrack, funny dialogue, and full female nudity that reminds me of The Naked Cage. Ladies, this is a film for the guys, proceed with caution if it slightly piques your interest.
The film isn't really something to be taken too lightly though. The content is rather dark and it does have its offensive moments. The young girl named Heather is brutally raped by the gang, and this is the hardest part of the film to watch. The scene isn't as graphic as let's say, I Spit On Your Grave. However, the scene really isn't easy to watch at all, because Heather happens to be a deaf mute, which is especially disturbing and hard to watch. One thing is for sure after watching this scene. The viewer will want nothing more than to see these filthy guys die painfully.
The plot isn't all about revenge nor is it very paper thin but it's cutting it close. The screenplay has its shining moments, which are made up of cool interactions with funny dialogue, and the long shower scene that even has chicks scrapping with each other. I would have loved to have been the camera man for that. The characters are somewhat developed for the most part, although, most of them are lacking depth and are just faces to add to the cast, but at least most are pretty faces concerning the younger females, so no complaints here at all.
The characterization of the street gang is done well enough, and they mainly seem menacing due to their primary victims being women, scared high school students, and their power in numbers. I would still fight all four of them, however, they're not guys you would want to meet in a dark alley. Jake does have that sick and demented look. I was 7 years old when I first saw this film in theaters, and I never forgot his face. I know what some of you are thinking. "Your parents let you see this when you were only 7?!" Yep, me and my siblings had about as much guidance as a lost kite, but that's life.
The acting is everything you would expect from a B movie, which is barely passable with blind luck playing a factor. Quigley is clearly the best despite having absolutely no dialogue. Her facial and hand expressions told her story, every bit as well as words and screams could have possibly done. Blair is also good mainly because of her awesome lines, that really should be heard for the first time instead of being spoiled. I will mention that the bathtub scene with Blair is worth the price of admission alone for most of us guys. I would have drank the water she bathed in, and I'm not playing either. She was that hot to me.
The film was entertaining from start to finish for me. It has its glaring flaws for sure, but if you're looking for high art, then I recommend avoiding this. You will not find anything the least bit thought provoking here.
Now, on a side note. The release I reviewed is the original theatrical version. The quality of the picture and sound is incredibly poor. The sound is very low and the picture is very grainy.
In 2008, there was a 2 disk special edition released. That version is highly recommended due to its very clear picture, sound quality, and extras. The extras are on both disk with the real treat being the second.
Disk 1 contains trailers and commentary with the director Danny Steinmann, producer John Strong, and cinematographer Stephen Posey along with a few actors: Robert Dryer, Johnny Venocur, and Sal Landi. Honestly, I didn't find a thing interesting about this at all. I don't care for it in the least bit.
Disk 2 which is by far the best and worth mentioning, contains solo interviews with Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, Robert Dryer, Johnny Venocur, and John Strong. Blair still looks good, and I found her interview to be very good. Strong's was ok at best, but Quigley's was by far the most interesting.
Quigley talks about the rape scene, and it definitely wasn't an easy scene for her to do. The things that the director wanted to add into the finished version completely crosses the line. I'm a sick individual and even I think he's a crazy bastard. So, she gets my respect for her work and for the skin too of course.
The others were too bland for me, because Venocur came off incredibly annoying and seemed to be doing quite a bit of rambling. Dryer appeared to be winging it the whole time, as if his memory has completely escaped him. Well, I was told age can do that, and I'm sure my turn will be here soon. Still, it's a fun flick for those who love good 80's shlock. The film has a 93 minute run time.
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, … more