When I first bought this video many years ago, I watched it repeatedly. I have always been a Linda Blair fan, especially since I spent many years being told how much I look like her, and even getting an autograph request once.
Of all the movies I've seen in Blairs filmography, this is among the top. It is also a teen genre original in the sense that we're dealing with a girl gang going up against the guys. These come in the form of three miscreants that terrorize the town. Linda and her gang laugh at them, like they're jokes. After her gang steals their car for a joyride and trashes it, the three guys plot revenge in the form of a sadistic raping of Linda's pretty, but deaf mute sister. This scene is particularly and unnecessarily brutal because of the handicap of the victim, and the only part of the film I didn't like. The three also convince Vince, a weak and stupid sidekick of theirs, to participate as well. When our heroine finds out what has happened, she sets out in true Bronson-like fashion, for revenge. Her weapon of choice? Hey, YOU have to watch and find out! It's truly original.
This movie has a great eighties retro feel as well. The big hair, headbands, fashions. It's just how I dressed when Linda Blair herself came to the radio station where I was an on-air personality, to promote this film. She kept looking at me, as one of my fellow jocks was interviewing her. I guess she saw the resemblance herself! I regret not talking to her, for a disc-jockey, I found myself tongue-tied for the first time!
"Savage Streets" is a fascinating tough chicks whoop the bad guys film that'll keep you riveted. Even ladies prison movie vet Carol Ita White (Chained Heat, The Naked Cage) is reunited briefly here with Blair as a gym teacher. I LOVE that lockeroom scene. Linda is ultra cool and funny as she disses a stuck-up cheerleader who thinks she is trying to steal her man. "I wouldn't (...)him if he had the last (...)on earth!" You fill in the blanks!
The endless vulgarities, expletives, smoked cigarettes, and gratuitous nudity may offend some, but I think this film is highly entertaining. The short running time goes by very quickly as you watch, which means you really get caught up in it.
For those of us who aren't "movie snobs" and LOVE a foray into B movie greatness, here's an exciting, action-packed retro 80s trip you need to take. I can guarantee you won't be bored for a second.