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The Violent Years/Girl Gang (1956)

Jean Moorhead , Barbara Weeks , Robert C. Dertano , William Morgan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Arthur Millan, Theresa Hancock, Joanne Cangi
  • Directors: Robert C. Dertano, William Morgan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Violent Years/Girl Gang" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Ultra Cool J.D. Trailers for "The Violent Year," "The Coppers," "Jacktown," "Slightly Damaged," and "Strange Compulsion"
  • Sex Hygiene Radio-Spot Rarities for "Slightly Damaged"
  • 100 Never-Before-Seen Behind-the-Scenes Publicity Stills and Exploitation Art from "The Violent Years"
  • Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art
  • "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" - An interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of almost 3 hours worth of J.D. drive-in madness; 2 Archival short subjects: "Goofballs and Tea," and "What About Juvenile Delinquency?;" Classic Drive-In Intermission Shorts; Drive-In Intermission Announcements from the Projection Booth

Editorial Reviews

Untamed girls in tight sweater kill for a thrill in this pretty-but-deadly drive-in double bill! "The Violent Years" (1956, 65 min.) - From a screenplay by the one and only Ed Wood comes the story of good-girl-gone-bad Paula Parkins. Rebelling against her rich parents, Paula leads three high school hellcats in robbing a gas station, throwing a pajama party with older men and molesting a couple at Lovers' Lane! "Girl Gang" (1954, 53 min.) - Delinquent devil-dolls who'll do anything for dope! When not engaged in marijuana make-out parties, these joypopping jezebels commit robberies to feed their heroin habit until a botched holdup leaves rich kid Wanda with a slug in her side. Two hilarious must-see camp classics with budgets as cheap as their women!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Double Feature May 26, 2001
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I've been a big fan of Something Weird's Drive-in Double Feature series and this disc is no exception. Both main films are of the Juvenile Delinquent genre which at its best features over-the-top performances and non-stop action. The first feature "The Violent Years" was written by Ed Wood Jr. (Plan 9 From Outer Space). Even though he didn't direct this film, the dialog is convoluted, clunky and hysterical.
The second feature is the real find though. "Girl Gang" never lets up. It opens with a pot/heroin party, features robberies, violence, a gang bang initiation, sneering dope pushers looking to get the kids "hooked", a drunken doctor who performs operations on the kitchen table, and ends just as suddenly as it starts. The tone is manic, it never lets up for a second, and it goes beyond "Reefer Madness" from 20 years earlier which is it's obvious influence. Despite both films' "shocking" subject matter they are very tame in that 50's sort of way and probably wouldn't go beyond a G rating today.
The extras on the disc are a blast. There are two shorts, one "Goof Balls and Tea" which is a police training film from the fifties tells us that kids begin with goof balls and then graduate to marijuana. The second of the shorts "What About Juvenile Delinquency?" is a centron production. Most likely directed by Herk Harvey, the director of the seminal cult horror film "Carnival of Souls", it's worth looking at to see how he made his bread and butter.
There are 5 listed trailers for other JD flicks and a hidden one for "Teenage Mother", which is the best of the bunch. (Just click around, you'll find it.) There is also a second easter egg which shows a brief scene from "The Violent Years".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DOUBLE FEATURE! February 15, 2002
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Something Weird Video does it again with this great double-feature of girls gone wrong - teenage terror!
THE VIOLENT YEARS tells the story of rich kid Paula Parkins (Jean Moorhead) who rebels against her parents and joins a gang of devil-dolls who rob gas stations and take men up into the woods and rape them (....). Also featuring Barbara Weeks, Teresa Hancock and Joanne Cangi, it was scripted by the one and only Edward D. Wood Jr (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE)!.
GIRL GANG tells the story of a group of girls who'll do anything for a hit of dope, and the disgusting old men who take advantage. When not engaged in marijuana make-out parties, they are committing robberies to feed their habit! Starring Joanne Arnold, Mary Lou O'Connor and Timothy Farrell.
Of course, the big advantage is the "Let's Go To The Drive-In" feature which couples the two films together along with concession stand ads, intermission shorts and two featurettes entitled "Goof Balls and Tea" and "What About Juvenile Delinquency?".
Be sure to check out the other fantastic double features from Something Weird Video, including THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL/THE HEAD MISTRESS and BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL/ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER MAN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring a Six-Pack When You See This Schlock Fest June 13, 2003
Lovers of Bad Cinema can't go wrong with this high-camp double feature from the folks at Something Weird Video - complete with drive-in ads, juvenile-delinquency shorts and schlock trailers. Everyone knows that Ed Wood wrote the screenplay for "The Violent Years," even though his name was omitted from the opening credits. Nevertheless, this 1956 saga of Girls Gone Bad has enough non-acting and Woodian dialogue to satisfy his most ardent fans. Cut from the same low-budget cloth, "Girl Gang" is even more wretched and decidedly less fun. Don't forget to bring a six-pack when you watch this smorgasbord of exploitative celluloid.
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