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4.0 out of 5 stars "I am going to cut your heart out and EAT IT"
Brenda, her deaf mute sister Heather and three friends are out one night, when Heather, unable to hear a car coming, steps out onto the road. Almost getting run over, the car stops and the girls instantly know the cars occupants, "the scars", a gang of dope dealers and street hustlers. Instead of getting an apology from the gang for almost hitting Heather, the girls are...
Published on 18 Nov. 2011 by West25

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 80s revenge flick and Linda Blair looks irresistable
Linda Blair in glorious 80s make up with a bunch of gals that look the part, what more could you want? Savage Streets is about Blair's revenge on a group of thugs who rape her sister. But they have no idea just how kick ass mad her character is and she aims to take revenge one by one.

Cynical in parts, great in others but it is missing something- that's not to...
Published on 17 Aug. 2012 by Colonel Decker


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4.0 out of 5 stars "I am going to cut your heart out and EAT IT", 18 Nov. 2011
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Brenda, her deaf mute sister Heather and three friends are out one night, when Heather, unable to hear a car coming, steps out onto the road. Almost getting run over, the car stops and the girls instantly know the cars occupants, "the scars", a gang of dope dealers and street hustlers. Instead of getting an apology from the gang for almost hitting Heather, the girls are propositioned for sex and drugs. After a little more shouting at each other, the gang drives off to collect money from one of their "customers". A little while later, the girls see the car and decide to steal it to get their own back. The gang later discover the car abandoned and full of garbage.

A day or two after the car incident, the gang are at the school to deliver a beating to a student. One of the gang spot Heather walking into the gym, everybody goes to shower leaving Heather alone while she waits for Brenda to walk her home. One of the gang starts talking to Heather and she tries to show him some sign language. He then tries to force himself on her and she tries to escape, only to bump into the rest of the gang who then take turns to rape and beat her. Brenda and her friends go looking for Heather only to find her unconscious and bloodied on the floor, she's taken to hospital and placed in critical condition.

After another altercation between the leader of the gang called Jake and Brenda's friend, Francine, a member of the gang gains a conscience and goes to the hospital to apologise to Heather, who is in a coma. Brenda happens to walk in and forces the information out of him regarding who's responsible for the rape, armed with this information, Brenda sets out on a one woman vigilante mission to bring the gang to justice, armed with a crossbow, bear traps and a switchblade.

Linda Blair is a pretty good lead as Brenda, after shooting to stardom playing Regan in the Exorcist in 1973, she looked set to become a star. After struggling to cope with her fame at such a young age, she turned to drugs as so many other child stars have done in the past. In '77 she appeared in the sequel to The Exorcist, the absolutely dire Exorcist 2: The Heretic. Enter the '80s and her career was almost over, so began the period of exploitation and cheap horror films that she would appear in throughout the decade. Savage Streets was shot in '84 when she was at the peak of her B movie fame, and along with '81s Hell Night was the best of her '80s output. Linnea Quigley gave an excellent performance as Heather, Quigley was well known to horror fans in the '80s as any horror film that required nudity, she normally got the call. Graduation Day, Silent Night, Deadly Night, The Return Of The Living Dead, and Night Of The Demons were just a few of her topless roles. In Savage Streets she plays a deaf and mute "innocent", a type of role I'd never seen her in before and she really impressed me. I believed her character to be sweet and innocent, so the rape scene really seemed more disgusting than in most films, being mute she couldn't even scream. John Vernon was delightful as the school principal, every line he says is comedy magic, the best line being when he tells a member of the gang to "Go f*** an iceberg", a line that's become a regular part of my lexicon.

Director Danny Steinmann went on to direct Friday The 13th: A New Beginning the year later, he hasn't directed anything since, making it 26 years and counting. There's very little blood in the film, but there is copious amounts of boobs. Linda Blair has hers out in a bath tub scene, so there was no way Linnea Quigley wasn't going to go topless, even if it is a little uncomfortable compared to her nudty in other films. Most of the acting from Brenda's friends, her classmates and the gang leaves a lot to be desired. Apart from the rape scene, not that much actually happens in the first hour. There's a lot of tough talk, and some really inept girl fights between Brenda and Cindy (a schoolgirl who believes Brenda wants her man).

As usual with an Arrow DVD, it's another excellent release packed with the following extras.
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork.
Double-sided fold-out poster.
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on Savage Streets by Kier-la Janisse, author of 'A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi' and 'House of Psychotic Women.
Brand new transfer of the film presented in original 1.85:1 anamorphic aspect ratio.
Original mono audio.
Audio commentary with stars Sal Landi, Robert Dryer and Director of Photography Stephen Posey.
Audio commentary with director Danny Steinmann.
Audio commentary with producer John Strong and stars Robert Dryer and Johnny Venocur.
Confessions of a Teenage Vigilante: An interview with Linda Blair.
Heather Speaks! An interview with Linnea Quigley.
Getting the Job: Producer John Strong on Savage Streets.
Video interviews with Johnny Venocur and Robert Dryer on their characters.
Original Trailer.

Savage Streets is a 1980s exploitation film that's light on exploitation, has little blood but heavy on boobs, and the Death Wish style revenge doesn't really start until an hour in. The reason I like the film is because it was classic '80s cheese/sleaze, from the poor acting in most cases, the hilarious dialogue, the '80s fashion and the determination to make a good, fun film out of very little plot and a small budget ($1,200,000). Not one of my favourite of the recent Arrow releases, but any fans of films such as Pieces or Slaughter High should get a kick out of this. 3 stars for the film, 5 stars for the Arrow DVD. 4 stars overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eighties Exploitation that Ticks all the boxes and leaves em dripping with gore -sort of!, 31 July 2012
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I love these types of films where it is all pretty much black and white and you know what you are going to get. This is all about Brenda played by ubiquitous horror queen Linda Blair (`The Exorcist', Exorcist II', `Hell Night' and `S -Club 7 Artistic Differences' now that was horrific!) She has a deaf mute sister Heather, played with girly bubble gum innocence by Linnea Quigley (`Night of the Living Dead 1985').

She has a posse of kick ass eighties bouffant haired and big shoulder padded friends. One night they run into some dope dealing punks and exact a petty revenge, this leads the gang to track them down to their school. These delinquent lads seem to spend all their time talking street nonsense and shadow boxing their own egos. Even the actions of tough, street talking Principal Underwood does not deter these heartless yobs from a cruel and violent sexual assault of Heather. So after the depth of their actions has been made clear to Brenda she decides to get into her black leather cat suit, undo the zip for extra action effect and go into super avenger mode.

Along the way we also have some love jealousy that causes a biatch fight in the ladies shower area with more `t and a' than this side of a girl locker room porno - never saw that coming, a marriage of convenience, some of the most outrageous hair styles and one or two plot holes.

But it lives up to all of the expectations and more. It has a run time of a mere eighty minutes, but does not suffer as it gives just the right amount of horror, pathos and pouty shouty acting that you come to love and expect from the genre. If you are fan of this type of movie then this is one that has to be seen - pure escapist fun, with blood, fights, attitude and bouncy bits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..TOP 80'S CLASSIC...LINDA BLAIR IS AWESOME..", 30 April 2012
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This is a great 80s revenge film, Linda Blair is very sexy indeed in this film as the lead, a tough as nails girl who runs around with her girl gang having a good time until her younger sister meets foul play at the hands of a gang of four boys, then its payback time!! This is a very well made hip 80s film with some good acting and some good bloody revenge death scenes and nudity, if you like 80s classics then this is a must even if its for the smoking hot Linda Blair.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 80s revenge flick and Linda Blair looks irresistable, 17 Aug. 2012
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Linda Blair in glorious 80s make up with a bunch of gals that look the part, what more could you want? Savage Streets is about Blair's revenge on a group of thugs who rape her sister. But they have no idea just how kick ass mad her character is and she aims to take revenge one by one.

Cynical in parts, great in others but it is missing something- that's not to say that it isn't a good movie for what it is because it is. This Arrow release is becoming as rare as hens teeth and has a great retro cover to boot, booklet and all the works, and of course this is uncut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CULT CLASSIC, 22 April 2015
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Having watched this when i was younger, i always liked Linda Blair. She stood out as a rough and tough women in this movie. But in her younger years she changed the face of HORROR, when she played Regan in The Exorcist. Although this is a revenge motivated film, it still has a raw power to it. Even today. It's still as good as i remember, back in the late 1980's and i'm very happy i have it in my collection. the dvd quality is good, and the Arrow booklet and nice art work is a bonus. Fast delivery too, would use this seller again. thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SAVAGE, 8 May 2014
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THIS MOVIE WAS PRETTY GOOD, DID HAVE SOME GORE. WHEN YOUR IN A GANG LIKE THESE KIDS, SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN AND YOU GET INTO FIGHTS, PEOPLE GET HURT BAD OR DIE. THE ACTING WAS GOOD, AND THE NUDE SCENES OK. NEVER THOUGHT LINDA BLAIR WOULD SHOW US HER BOOBS (THEY MUST HAVE PAID MORE MONEY TO HER). THE 80'S MADE MANY GREAT FILMS, GOOD FILMS AND BAD ONES, THIS WAS GOOD ONE. OF COURSE JOHN VERNON IS TERRIFIC, HAD SMALL PART. THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE IN YOUR COLLECTION.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Blair does it again, 17 Aug. 2013
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Well what can I say, wonderful movie if you like the usual Linda Blair stuff. First bought this movie on VHS tape, then found it on DVD. It's not everyone's cup of tea, it's a film that you would like "for old time sake" I love it. Great for a cold wet Sunday after noon.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars linda blair kicks ass!!!, 3 Aug. 2011
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savage streets finally comes to region 2 dvd with a nice release from arrow films. the picture quality is quite good and this comes with the usual array of arrow extras,including collectors booklet and poster and reversible cover.the only downside with this release is the audio quality,it sounds much to tinny and could have been much better,but overall arrow has done a nice job with this release.i won't give away to much of the plot,incase there are people out there who have not seen this movie but,it's basically a death wish type film,with linda blair as the leader of a gang who's sister is raped and left for dead by a nasty gang of thugs who get there kicks from hurting people,needless to say they all end up wishing they had never been born,as armed with crossbow and bear traps,blair makes them pay for what they did to her sister.i have given this film 4 stars and if the audio on the disc would have been better,i might have given it 5 stars.this really is a nasty little revenge thriller,but it is an enjoyable movie and in my opinion is one of the better revenge thrillers!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 25 Mar. 2013
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I love this movie.. if you love movies of the '80 or movies with Linda Blair. Watch or buy this movie.. Worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Vigilante!, 12 Nov. 2011
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Arrow video continue their great work in bringing out low budget cult movies in quality presentations, here they really go to town with an exemplary set of features but more on that in a bit!

Savage Streets is one of those really bad but so good cult movies from the 80's that you know you shouldn't probably like but you just can't help yourself! everything about this movie is bad! - The terrible 80's rock strack, bad acting, bad fashions and an unoriginal storyline...that said this film is friggin AWESOME! Grab a beer, sit back and relax and let the madness and mayhem unfold!

Linda Blair swaps head spinning and pea soup vomiting for a cross bow and leathers as a tough teen vigilante with a score to settle! When the girl gang who Blair belongs to turns down a date with a rival boy gang and humiliates them in the process, the gang of punks decide to rape and assault Blair's mute,deaf sister in the high school gym leaving her in a critical state. Then when one of the girl's from Blair's gang gets killed by the gang of punks Blair decides enough is enough and goes on a bloody trail of revenge!!! As a side note look out for the legendary actor John Vernon (Animal House, amongst others!) as the high school principal who get's to say the classic line "Go F*** an iceberg!"

This movie has a attained a massive cult following over the last 25 yrs or so and it's easy to see why! Quentin Tarantino has even gone on record quoting this as one of his favourite films and the movie garnered huge audiences on VHS back in the 80's after a disastrous theatrical run.

Arrow really push the boat out on this release for extra features, there are no fewer than 3 audio commentaries! and copious amounts of interviews from most of the cast and crew including Linda Blair. Rounded off by a very nice fron cover and decent picture quality, in my opinion Arrow have delivered one of their best releases yet!

Highly Recommended
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