Brenda played by (Linda Blair) is a troubled 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 with the local street punks the "Scars" Brenda and her friends decide to play a little joke on the "Scars" 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 deaf-mute younger sister played by former scream queen (Linnea Quigley) is savagely and brutally gang raped at school and left for dead by the "Scars", 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 skin and armed with a crossbow, Brenda goes on an all out rampage against the "Scars" and she quickly administers her own brand of vigilante justice.
The 1980's provided fans with a variety of good vengeance films and the 1984 "Savage Streets" is no exception. The one thing that really appealed to me was that Lind Blair played the role of the hero really well and overall I really enjoyed seeing this movie again. I personally found the gang-rape scene near the beginning hard to watch, because the only time I ever saw this movie on television the rape scene had been excluded. After seeing it, I don't think it was really needed even though it did provide the catalyst for Brenda's character and the 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. The film is rated R for a reason due to its graphic language, frontal nudity and graphic rape scene.
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. 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) Aspect ratio
- Interviews with stars Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, Johnny Venocur, Robert Dryer and Producer John Strong
- Three Audio commentaries:
- Commentary One with actors Sat 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