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Sweet Sixteen (1983)

Patrick MacNee , Susan Strasberg , Jim Sotos  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick MacNee, Susan Strasberg, Dan Stroud, Bo Hopkins, Steve Antin
  • Directors: Jim Sotos
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CCY44S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sweet Sixteen" on IMDb

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When Melissa Morgan (Aleisa Shirley), a gorgeous big city girl moves to a small Texas town, she creates quite a stir with her beauty and promiscuous attitude. She might be 15, going on 25, but all the boys at her new school are still anxious to get to know her. Shortly after her arrival, Melissa's dates start ending up dead. When the younger brother of a local hell raiser (Don Stroud) ends up dead, Melissa looks like the likely suspect. The town Sheriff (Bo Hopkins) must try to solve the killings before the killer strikes again. Along to help him is his Nancy Drew-ish daughter (Dana Kimmell). What secret will be revealed when Melissa turns SWEET SIXTEEN?".

Directed by Jim Sotos (FORCED ENTRY), the film features an all star cast that includes Patrick MacNee, Susan Strasberg, Larry Storch, Henry Wilcoxon and Michael Pataki. Presented for the first time in a directors cut.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars everyone is DYING to meet her September 17, 2008
The film revolves around Melissa, a girl turning sixteen. The boys adore her...but they can't seem to be around her for an extended time. As the tag line declares, "everyone is DYING to meet her". Every boy around Melissa dies soon after encountering her. Sweet Sixteen is a cryptic film that is often enjoyable. Not often is the horror genre mixed with mystification, but in the case of Sweet Sixteen it is. Southern Sheriff Bo Hopkins is once again a crumb to watch, as he plays the role for the hundredth time. The film isn't as obvious as you might think, and it holds your interest until the finale. Few flaws in the film makes it a pleasurable viewing. You'll enjoy the film and its astounding climax. The acting is standard, and the film is as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT MELISSA MORGAN? March 27, 2010
What's so great about Melissa Morgan?

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 buy your own copy to find out how it ends.

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 good 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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, overlooked indie slasher. June 1, 2009
Sweet Sixteen (Jim Sotos, 1982)

Jim Sotos--a nom de plume for music video and TV commercial mogul Dimitri Sotirakis--directed only four movies in his long and distinguished career, but all four of them are well-respected by a small, but steadily growing, number of critics and fans. Interestingly, Sotirakis' four movies are all in different genres. Forced Entry was a straight thriller. Hot Moves was a cheap exploitation film. Beverly Hills Brats was a family comedy. And then there is Sweet Sixteen, his entry into the horror genre. It's a pretty basic slasher film with supernatural elements, but Sotirakis' ability to convince pretty big names to appear in his movies, as well as his distinctive directorial style, put Sweet Sixteen above the average level of film coming out during the great slasher film glut of the early eighties.

Melissa (Aleisa Shirley from Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone) and her family have just moved to a small desert town (and we get the feeling this isn't the first time they've moved house in the recent past) that seems quiet on the surface, but has a lingering, nasty racism brewing just beneath the surface. Melissa, being the naïve new kid, stumbles into the middle of a confrontation between a Native American man and a high school classmate (which has nothing to do with my plot synopsis, but sets up a lot of stuff later, so pay attention to it) before she and a prospective new boyfriend head off for some alone time. Everything's all well and good until he turns up dead the next morning. This starts a trend, unfortunately, and suspicion falls equally on Melissa and Jason Longshadow (Don Shanks of Halloween 5), the Native American guy I mentioned before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated slasher film. December 1, 2013
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One of the better slasher films of the early 80's that also deals with racism. The song played during the end credits will have you singing it for days afterwards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie, bad dvd April 22, 2012
This is a typical '80-s slasher. All the boys who like the beautiful Melissa end up dead. Is she the killer? The movie is somewhat above average because of the good actors Bo Hopkins and Susan Strasberg. The Code Red dvd is not of high quality, though... The movie looks like an old videotape. It could have been worse (did you ever try 'Silent night bloody night' on dvd?), but it also could have been much, much better. Code Red also released 'Don't go in the woods... alone!', a horrible movie, but great transfer. So why not the same treatment for this much better movie?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been and should have been better February 2, 2012
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Put together back in the early 80's this little horror/thriller/slasher film has a lot of impressive parts but fails to really live up to it's potential. Director/Producer Jim Sotos must have pulled a few strings to assemble such a name cast for his little no budget film. Unlike a slew of similar films of the era Sweet Sixteen has a cast of recognizable names.The story is basic and semi plausible .In a small Texas town the new girl in town Melissa played by newcomer Aleisa Shirley is getting the attention of the local boy population.Melissa's dad (Patrick Macnee) is a historian in the area doing a dig looking up Native American artifacts.Her Mom (Susan Strasberg daughter of Lee ) is from the area originally and knows the local sheriff (Bo Hopkins) who has a daughter and a son who are Melissa's age and go to the local high school.Melissa has traveled with her over protective parents around the country and is more worldly than the local kids.She's also quite attractive and not afraid to flaunt it.Boys and men start to come onto young Melissa much to the chagrin of her parents and local girls like Marci(Dana Kimmell) the sheriff's daughter.Nothing seems out of the ordinary until the first guy she dates (Don Stroud) turns up dead in the desert with multiple stab wounds. The new girl is suspected but no real concrete evidence can place Melissa as the killer so she's free to go.Then another boy is going to meet with Melissa after hours but is promptly dispatched in a similar vein.This time both Melissa and an old Indian man (Henry Wilcoxon) find the boy dead in an alley.Again things point to Melissa being a killer but there's no hard proof. And the locals also have a resentment of the local Indians and try to blame the killings on the old mans son. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about
This was slightly different than I was expecting. I found it to be a bit boring and I wasn't even interested in who the killer was. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Alphalover
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked '82 slasher gem
1982's "Sweet Sixteen" is somewhere between "Friday the 13th," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (which was made that same year), and a Nancy Drew murder mystery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
3.0 out of 5 stars everyone is DYING to meet her
The film revolves around Melissa, a girl turning sixteen. The boys adore her...but they can't seem to be around her for an extended time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
1.0 out of 5 stars You could make a better movie yourself.
The word Amateur is really not strong enough of an adjective to use to describe this really terrible attempt at a movie. Just junk and a total waste of time.... Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by Science Minded
5.0 out of 5 stars INCORRECT ASPECT RATIO
This dvd trasnfer is fairly good considering the original film was damaged or lost maybe decaying. I'm just glad Code Red took care of this little ol horror classic! Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by Ugly Betty Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars HIGH CAMP IN THE 80'S
Look at the cast for this little movie! Not the most brilliant screenplay, but a very camp murder mystery. Worth having for your collection.
Published on November 29, 2008 by Doc Livingston
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