From Jim Sotos the director who gave us the very graphic and brutal 1975 "Forced Entry" comes "Sweet Sixteen" from 1983. For some reason this movie doesn't get very much playing time if any and until now it was hard to find. To me the film is pretty much an 80's slasher film with a mix of suspense and horror thrown in. The story and plot as with most of the acting is pretty solid in my opinion and I enjoyed seeing this movie again. This movie features a good cast with names that include Bo Hopkins, Patrick MacNee, Susan Strasberg, Larry Storch, and Michael Pataki. I think that the plot has enough twists in it to hold your attention right up until the unexpected ending.
As for the DVD release of "Sweet Sixteen" - The Director's Cut, is it really worth owning? The DVD itself is nicely packaged but the video and sound quality of this new "Director's Cut" release from Code Red is a slap in the face to any fan of this movie. The video image is riddled with dirt, debris and age related artifacts and it's evident that Code Red didn't spend any money on cleaning up the print for this DVD release. I would rate the video transfer of this DVD release somewhere between bootleg and VHS quality. The sound isn't much better as it contains some hissing and crackling throughout.
Is Melissa Morgan hiding a secret?
When 15 year old Melissa Morgan moves to a small town and enrolls in a new school she becomes the center of attraction and all the boys at school want to personally get to know her. What does the beautiful Melissa have that all the other girls in town don't? Why are all the boys dying to meet her? Soon after Melissa dates one of the local boys he ends up dead and local Sheriff Dan Burke played by (Bo Hopkins) begins to investigate.
Will the death of Melissa's date be the only one or is it the first of many to come? Is Melissa the killer or is it just a coincidence the murder happened when she came to town? What secret is Melissa Morgan Hiding? Why is her 16th Birthday so special and will the secret be unveiled in time? Sorry! You'll have to rent or buy your own copy to find out how it ends.
Unless you're a hard core fan of this movie and have to own it for your collection, I'd recommend renting it first to see what kind of quality you're getting.