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Savage Streets (1984)

Directed by:
Danny Steinmann
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Action/Vigilante/
Exploitation

NORWEGIAN TITLE
-

RUNNING TIME
93 minutes

Produced by:
John Strong

Written by:
Danny Steinmann
Norman Yonemoto


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Brenda Linda Blair
Heather Linnea Quigley
Jake Robert Dryer

Principal Underwood

John Vernon -
Fargo Sal Landi
Vince Johnny Vencour

Red

Scott Mayer

Wes

Brian Frishman -

 

Review

This foray into the exploitation sub-genre is a revenge fantasy made for horny boys and angry girls, all of whom get their share of seedy content to gawk at. The filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing with their lingering shots of naked breasts, sleazily snickering bad guys, gang rape and immolation but couldn't they at least have done it with a little quality? Unfortunately, every trace of character depth and build-up is pushed aside, and the film hurries its way through badly directed scenes of wafer thin characters doing their genre-motivated things. Yes, Savage Streets gained a cult following, which can only be ascribed to years of strict censorship. Linda Blair looks great in the lead, but her performance is all over the place. The supporting cast is mostly talentless, although main antagonist Robert Dryer is satisfactory in the final showdown he's good at being inflicted pain.

PS! This review is based on the uncut/uncensored version, which is not easy to get hold of. There is also a heavily edited version, which removes every exposed breast although not the gruelling immolation. Why a boob is considered more harrowing to watch than a burning man, I will never know.

Copyright 17.08.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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