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Savage StreetsFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I’ve been foaming at the mouth to be able to get a chance to see some of Linda Blair’s 80’s films since I had a huge crush on Linda Blair (Chained Heat) at one point in my life after seeing some pics of her in the 80’s. I’ve been waiting a long time to see the film Savage Streets which is a typical 80’s style vigilante action film that stars Linda Blair as the beautiful, but tough chick named Brenda. Brenda is just as caring as she is tough after all she has to constantly look out for her deaf sister Heather (Linnea Quigley) who was almost hit by some idiots in a gang called The Scars. After pissing her off over this, Brenda and her friends decide to get some revenge on the guys by stealing their car and trashing it which royally pisses off their leader Jake (Robert Dryer). In retaliation, Jake and the gang rape Brenda’s sister Heather and they kill her pregnant friend Francine (Lisa Freeman) which sets off a chain of events causing Brenda to declare war and revenge on the gang. The film also stars John Vernon (Fraternity Vacation) as Underwood, Johnny Venocur (Lord Of Illusions) as Vince, Sal Landi (Bulletproof) as Fargo, Scott Mayer as Red, Debra Blee (The Beach Girls) as Rachel, Ina Romeo (Escape From LA) as Stella, Luisa Leschin (Rain Man) as Maria, Mitch Carter (American Beauty) as Greg, Kristi Somers (Rumble Fish) as Valerie, Rebecca Perle (Not Of This Earth) as Cindi Clark, and the film was directed by Danny Steinmann (Friday The 13TH Part V: A New Beginning).

Linda Blair Savage StreetsI truly feel that ever since Death Wish with Charles Bronson was released in the US in 1974, that a lot of filmmakers felt that they could make some money with the Vigilante Action genre especially in the 80’s. You have to also remember that Class Of 1984 was released in 1982 and that was an amazing film that made the same kind of impact as Blackboard Jungle in 1955 and so you can see why Savage Streets was made. On of the things I always notice when watching a film for Cheeseball Cinema is the acting because it’s either too cheesy or just good enough and this film has to land in between both of those. Linda Blair tried to play this tough, bad ass bitch that you don’t mess with in this film while when her deaf sister shows up, you instantly see her soft side. Her character made more sense at times if the film was based in New York some where in the five boroughs. Other than that, the acting was actually pretty decent and the cinematography wasn’t too shabby either. One thing is for sure and that there is plenty of T&A and a really long scene that features a lot of ladies in the showers so you’ll be sure to enjoy it, but again I was more concerned in seeing the beautiful Linda Blair. The film does of course feature the scream queen herself right before what I consider to be her best role in The Return Of The Living Dead in Linnea Quigley and her world famous graveyard scene, but she does an amazing job in this movie playing the deaf and mute Heather. You can find this film on Youtube if you really want to check it out for yourself. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 2.4 for a final grade.

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fraternity vacationI have to be honest with all of you when I say that tonight’s choice for a Cheeseball Cinema film came from a very unlikely source. I was at one of my jobs when I saw a commercial for AARP Life Insurance and I recognized the actor on the screen from one of the Police Academy films. The actor was Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential) and after searching on his IMDB account I came across this rare 80’s gem known as Fraternity Vacation. The film stars Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption), Cameron Dye (Valley Girl), and Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) as members of a fraternity that go on vacation in Palm Springs thanks to a nerd named Wendell (Geoffreys) and his family. You see Mother (Robins) and Joe (Dye) promised Wendell’s father that they’d get his son a girl in exchange for a hut tub and Jacuzzi back at the school. They also run into a couple of guys from a rival fraternity (Leigh McCloskey and Matt McCoy) and a bet ensues as to who will nail the hottest girl (Sheree J. Wilson) at the apartments first. The film also stars Amanda Bearse (Fright Night) as Nicole, John Vernon (Dirty Harry) as Chief Ferret, the always beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as Chrissie, Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Marianne, Max Wright (ALF) as Mr. Tvedt, and the late Charles Rocket (Earth Girls Are Easy) as Madman Mac. 

Barbara Crampton and Kathleen KinmontFirst thing’s first and that is you have to remember that this is an 80’s comedy that was tailor made for young men in their late teens, probably college kids with lots of testosterone and that is why there is plenty of T&A in these films. It was the decade of decadence after all and the films reflected that in a big way as sex wasn’t so taboo anymore. There’s a couple of scenes in the film that focus on the T&A with Crampton and Kinmont in one and Sheree J. Wilson in the other one. The film has it’s funny moments and it’s actually a really good film which I’m surprised that I had never heard of this before. The irony in the film is that Wendell is this nerd they don’t believe can get laid on his own, but in reality he’s the one whose getting luckier than all of them. I loved that about this film and I do want to say that Geoffreys is perfect for roles like this because his face always lent him to these types of films perfectly, but I just found out that he became an adult film actor after the 80’s. One of the other funny facts about this film is that I looked up Theta Pi Sigma which is their fraternity in this film and it’s actually the first ever Gay friendly fraternity. I wonder if they watched this film at all. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film if all time, I am going to give this film a two for a final grade.

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