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The Loveless (1982)

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I am  so excited about The Loveless that I am still buzzing after my first viewing. Kathryn Bigalow has always been a favorite director of mine so I decided to check out her first film, The Loveless, which is also the first movie Willem DaFoe appears in. The Loveless is a throwback to the biker movies of the 1950s which featured youths on motorcycles with bad attitudes and no future, living like they just don’t care.

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Bigalow’s technique is developed throughout The Loveless. The film is highly stylish and moody, just how I like it. What is the most interesting aspect of the film is the brief relationship between Vance (DaFoe) and Telena (Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’ Marin Kanter), which is honest and frankly sexual. Telena is a damaged girl, with a mother that committed suicide and a father who sexually abuses her. While Vance is sympathetic, he will not do anything to help because that would require him to give a damn. 

Plus, the rockabilly music is fantastic, adding to the atmosphere of the picture, which is important because the pacing of the film is quite slow, adding to the overall mood. With performances ideal to the piece, especially DaFoe’s,  The Loveless is a true marvel of a film that deserves a wider audience.

 

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Savage Streets (1984)

Continuing on my Vigilante/ Exploitation kick, I rented Savage Streets (1987) starring Linda Blair and John Vernon. This movie was absolutely incredible. Linda Blair was at the height of her cult appeal. Basically, Linda plays Brenda, who along with her band of slutty, ethnic gal pals and her deaf sister, Heather, decide to teach this dangerous gang full of creepy guys a lesson after they almost hit them with their car. Bad idea Brenda. To get back at Brenda and Co., they raped the deaf Heather and kill her pregnant and  enganged best friend. 

Naturally, these gang of psychos drive Brenda to her breaking point and she snaps. FUCKING SNAPS. 

Along with a great supporting turn from John Vernon as Brenda’s high school principal, Savage Streets is a fine addition to the exploitation genre that reach its hey day from the 70s to the late 80s. With the camp factor high, Savage Streets has all the ingredients for a perfect B-movie: low budget, rouge justice, nudity, extreme violence and plenty of fun one-liners.  Check this out.