The 1980's provided B- Movie fans with a variety of good vengeance films and the 1984 "Savage Streets" is no exception. The one thing that really surprised me was that Linda Blair pulled off the role of the hero really well and overall I really enjoyed seeing this movie again. The movie contains plenty of nudity like the school shower scene and also includes the tub scene with Linda Blair completely?
The first time I saw this movie was on television and one unforgettable scene now included had been previously banned because of the R rating. After seeing the movie again, I think this previously excluded scene wasn't really needed even though it did provide the catalyst for Brenda's character and further development of the film. The subject matter, level of violence and the manner in which it is carried out will not be suitable for everyone. This film is rated R for a reason due to its graphic language, frontal nudity and graphic rape scene.
Brenda played by (Linda Blair) is an excitable young woman with a knack for finding trouble at every turn. Repeated run-ins with her Principal (John Vernon) and fellow students are just the norm for this troubled teenager. One night after an encounter on the street with local punks the "Scars" Brenda and her friends decide to play a little joke to teach them a lesson. It's not long after their little prank backfires that the "Scars" set out to even the score with extreme violence and brutality. After Brenda's sister played by former scream queen (Linnea Quigley) is savagely and brutally attacked, Brenda sets out to find each of the people responsible and settle the score on her own terms.
Fitted beautifully in a black skin tight outfit revealing just enough cleavage and armed with a crossbow, Brenda goes on an all out rampage as she quickly administers her own brand of vigilante justice. As bodies begin to fall, Brenda learns that one of the scars has attacked another one of her friends. Brenda now sets her crossbow sights and focuses all her rage on one person for the final explosive showdown.
Finally, I must commend BCI, Navarre Corporation Company for releasing "Savage Streets" two disc Special Edition for us Linda Blair fans. This film still suffers from some debris and speckling even in the new high definition transfer, but not enough to detract from my overall viewing pleasure. Compared to previous versions this film has been cleaned up considerably. The real let down in this two disc version is the sound quality. There are times throughout the movie when the sound crackles and pops and it's definitely a nuisance at times. Given the great soundtrack, I wish BCI would have remastered the sound in Dolby Digital 5.1.
DVD Features Include:
- New High Definition anamorphic transfer (1.85:1) from the Negative
- Interviews with stars Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, Johnny Venocur, Robert Dryer and Producer John Strong
- Three Audio commentaries:
- Commentary One with actors Sal Landi, Robert Dryer and Director of Photography Stephen Posey:
- Commentary Two with Director Danny Steinmann:
- Commentary Three with Producer John Strong, actors Robert Dryer and Johnny Venocur