The Wraith

July 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm (7 Heads, Wraith, The) (, , , , , , , , )

The Wraith – 1986 – United States

In a small Arizona town, teen drag racers run amok. They have names like Skank, Rughead, and Gutterboy. They huff paint, molest girls, steal cars, commit murder, and generally act like pricks. One of their victims returns from the grave for revenge. He wears a futuristic jumpsuit, drives a futuristic car (the “Turbo Interceptor”), shoots a futuristic shotgun, and can transform into a comet. He seems like an alien invader, but actually he’s a ghost. The ghost challenges each of the drag racing gangsters and then kills them in head-on collisions. The police try ineffectually to stop him. There is a romance between the ghost and his old girlfriend. In the end, after exacting bloody revenge, the ghost turns human and gets another chance at life.

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The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

September 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm (6 Heads, Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow) (, , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow – 1959 – United States

On their quest for fun, a friendly club of teenage hot rodders struggle with juvenile delinquents, traffic cops, and stodgy parents. After the broke teens are evicted from their clubhouse, they occupy a haunted mansion. Secretly living in the mansion is Paul Blaisdell, who played the monster in The Day the World Ended (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), The She-Creature (1956), and Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). Upset because he did not get a role in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), he dresses in a monster suit and menaces the teens.

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Switchblade Sisters

May 3, 2016 at 1:40 am (8 Heads, Switchblade Sisters) (, , , , )

Switchblade Sisters – 1975 – United States

Switchblade Sisters is set in a grim and ridiculous version of reality. In the poverty-stricken inner city, crime is rampant and family values are nonexistent. Desperate, lonely, alcoholic parents neglect their children. Gangs of high school students run amok, unchecked by powerless teachers and cops. The teens commit robbery, sell drugs, and have shootouts. One gang is the Dagger Debs, later called the Jezebels after they kick out all the men in their gang and join forces with a group of female African American revolutionaries. A love triangle becomes a power struggle and the gang’s two deranged leaders face off for control.

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Demon Summer

January 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm (6 Heads, Demon Summer) (, , )

Demon Summer – 2003 – United States

It is summer in Louisville, Ohio (a real town). Bored teenagers drive around, flirt, fight, drink, and ruminate about their uncertain futures. Some hoodlums rob a homeless man and steal a book of demonic rituals. After reading from the book, one hood is possessed. With claws, pupiless eyes, and a putty-like face, he stalks around a wooded park and murders people.

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Animal Room

February 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm (8 Heads, Animal Room) (, , , , , )

Animal Room – 1995 – United States

To discipline unruly teenagers, a high school principal assigns them to a special classroom. Here they watch a strange hypnotic self-help film and antagonize each other. For using hallucinogens, a nerdy misfit must attend the class where he is tortured by sadistic bullies. The film alternates between scenes of misery and savagery as every character suffers through their oppressively bad lives and then takes their pain out on others.

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High School Hellcats

May 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm (6 Heads, High School Hellcats) (, , , , )

High School Hellcats – 1958 – United States

A teenager named Joyce enrolls in a new high school. Between her oppressive dad and blasé mom, her home life is less than nurturing. Because of that, and her growing sexual awareness, Joyce is insecure and emotionally unstable. Connie, the leader of a girls’ gang called the Hellcats, takes an interest in Joyce and browbeats her into joining. Willpower depleted, Joyce becomes a member, eventually shoplifting and acting like a jerk. When the girls throw a wild party in an unoccupied house, Connie falls down some stairs and dies. Dolly, the Hellcats’ sadistic new leader, threatens the girls if they reveal the death. In actuality, Dolly pushed Connie down the stairs in order to take over the gang. Being paranoid and deranged, she believes Joyce suspects her, and plots to murder her as well.

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Young and Wild

June 6, 2012 at 2:40 am (5 Heads, Young and Wild) (, , , )

Young and Wild – 1958 – United States

Republic Pictures released Young and Wild on a double bill with Juvenile Jungle, both directed by William Witney and presented “in Naturama”—whatever that means. Juvenile delinquents steal a car, mug a dude, molest a girl, and run over an old lady. Squeaky clean teenage lovebirds work with a tough police sergeant to bring the thugs to justice. The flick climaxes in a taut hostage situation.

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Delinquent Daughters

August 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm (5 Heads, Delinquent Daughters) (, , , )

Delinquent Daughters – 1944 – United States

Delinquent Daughters was produced by PRC, a Poverty Row studio with an astounding legacy of exploitation, horror, noir, westerns, and comedies. PRC cranked out 200+ flicks in less than 10 years. While this certainly indicates the quality of most PRC movies, the works of Edgar G. Ulmer bear mention—check out Blue Beard (1944) and Detour (1945). Unfortunately, Edgar G. Ulmer has nothing to do with Delinquent Daughters, which is merely typical juvenile delinquent flotsam.

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Mad Youth

September 20, 2010 at 2:41 am (6 Heads, Mad Youth) (, , , )

Mad Youth – 1940 – United States

If not the for the multitude of budget video companies making quick bucks on misleadingly-titled DVD sets, many public domain movies would be lost. A favorite of mine is Mill Creek Entertainment whose horror and sci-fi 50 movie packs showcase dusty 30s and 40s forgettables including “race” films, dark house whodunits, and endless gorilla flicks. Mad Youth is in Mill Creek’s Cult Classics set, mostly composed of drug cautionaries ala Reefer Madness. Mad Youth is similarly moralistic, but functions as an actual drama and even has some interesting touches. In other words: surprisingly watchable.

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Malibu High

July 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm (7 Heads, Malibu High) (, , , )

Malibu High – 1979 – United States

A hooker/hit girl/high school student smokes at the breakfast table, sniffs coke, cat fights, bangs a construction crew, and flips off her mom. With seedy characters, hard foul-mouthed dialogue, teen sex, and touches of tough poetry, Malibu High is fascinating, sensibility smashing, and the guiltiest of pleasures.

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