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Welcome to the Grindhouse - The Teacher and the Pick-Up (1975)

Angel Tompkins , Jay North , Bernard Hirschenson , Howard Avedis  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Angel Tompkins, Jay North, Anthony James, Marlene Schmidt, Barry Atwater
  • Directors: Bernard Hirschenson, Howard Avedis
  • Writers: Howard Avedis, John Winter
  • Producers: Howard Avedis, Bennie Hirschenson, Gale Heyward, John Winter
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMLJKI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Welcome to the Grindhouse - The Teacher and the Pick-Up" on IMDb

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The Teacher: She corrupted the youthful morality of an entire school! An explosively tense story about a beautiful, provocative 28-year-old high school teacher whose seduction of one particular student proves fatal. Starring Angel Tompkins and Jay North (TV's Dennis the Menace). Rated R - 98 minutes - 1974 © 1974 Crown International Pictures Inc.

Pick-Up: An off-beat story about two young women whose lives are forever changed when they hitchhike a ride in a mobile home. Starring Jill Senter and Alan Long. Rated R - 80 minutes - 1975. © 1975 Crown International Pictures Inc.

GRINDHOUSE is an American term for a theater that mainly showed exploitation films. Grindhouses were known for non-stop, triple-bill programs of B movies, usually consisting of a double feature where two films were shown back to back. Many of these inner-city theaters formerly featured burlesque shows which featured "bump and grind" dancing, leading to the term "grind-house." Beginning in the late 1960s and especially during the 1970s, the subject matter of exploitation films shown in these theaters often included explicit sex, violence, bizarre or perverse plot points, and other taboo content - biker films, horror films, martial arts films etc. By the 1980s, home video threatened to render Grindhouses obsolete. By the end of the decade, these theaters had vanished from Los Angeles's Broadway and Hollywood Boulevard, New York City's Times Square, San Francisco's Market Street and pretty much everywhere else in the United States. To salute this film revolution of a bygone era, BCI has developed a line of DVD double features that recreate the ephemeral experience of the Grindhouse theaters with a whole new, interactive DVD experience. Featuring back-to-back film presentations, complete with movie trailers and intermission commercials, you can now enjoy the exploitative nature of exclusively licensed, cult films in the comfort of your own home with "WELCOME TO THE GRINDHOUSE".


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4.0 out of 5 stars The "grindhouse" concept lives on September 13, 2007
You have to feel bad for the folks who've put out this series of "Welcome to the Grindhouse" DVDs. After all, these DVDs were produced to ride the coattails of "Grindhouse", the recent Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino exploitation-style double feature that premiered in theaters in April, 2007. So what happens? As fun as it was, "Grindhouse" tanked at the box office, and- as was announced later- the film wouldn't be released on DVD in the same double-feature format as its theatrical exhibition, but split up as separate DVDs: one featuring Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse", the rockin' "Death Proof" and the other presenting the eerie, crazy "Planet Terror", Rodriguez's contribution to the original project. So, now you have all these "Welcome to the Grindhouse" double-feature DVDs that are meant to emulate Tarantino and Rodriguez's two-edgy-exploitation-movies-complete-with-trailers-and-other-goodies original presentation, and that original presentation doesn't exist anymore!

Oh, well-- things happen I guess. But that just makes me want to do my part to promote this entertaining series of DVDs and maybe help make up for the unforeseen promotion complications mentioned above.

Like 2007's "Grindhouse", these "Welcome to the Grindhouse" DVDs give you two movies peppered with a bunch of trailers.
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THE TEACHER (directed by Howard Avedis, 1974)
This teacher-student seduction/psycho stalker tale starts out well enough that I actually thought it was going to be a genuinely good movie (as opposed to good sleaze) but is fairly quickly derailed by almost uniformly horrendous acting and some fairly idiotic plot developments. Still, the opening is memorable: a quick pan from a boat in a harbor with the name "Diane" to a dilapidated 3 or 4 story industrial building facing the docks, and a close-up on the crazy face of Ralph (Anthony James), closing up a red coffin that he keeps in a half-open room on the top floor. Ralph races downstairs to his white, circa 1960 hearse (the coffin/hearse thing are never explained) and off to stop outside of a school. There he witnesses Diane (Angel Tompkins) say goodbye to 2 boys, but Ralph only has eyes for the beautiful young teacher, as the title comes up and the terribly cheesy theme song "The Teacher", sung by Jackie Ward, makes the first of many appearances. Ralph waits for Diane to leave and follows her blue Corvette (Diane's got quite the lifestyle for a high school teacher) home, waiting outside her suburban house while she changes and then following her again. She notices at one point and stops, trying to confront him but he speeds past, soon arriving back at the industrial complex and heading to the top floor where he will spy on Diane in her eponymously-named boat sunbathing topless. Yes, Angel Tompkins' rack is the major draw here, and a fine one it is. But Ralph is interrupted in his salacious activity by the appearance of the two young men we saw a few minutes earlier, who hop off a motorcycle and make their way to his secret spot while he hides.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Witchcraft For Idiots October 24, 2009
"The Pick-Up" is a plodding piece of garbage about three losers cavorting in the Everglades after their giant bus gets stuck in the mud. If it were only that simple, it would probably have been a middling picture, but no, they had to go an mix in lots of astral visions, psychobabble, and witchery to pad out the plot. While the movie does manage to prove that baby raccoons are very cute (don't even ask), most of the film is padding. There are lots of slow scenes of birds flying, walking through mud, all told at a snail's pace with terrible synthesizer background music at every turn. The three people on the bus are a young and irresponsible couple and a creepy witch-girl who likes to take us psychically back to subplots about disgusting priests, ancient rituals, caricatured politicians, and a very creepy clown.

The film suffers from many flaws, perhaps the worst of which is sound quality. It is frequently impossible to hear dialogue over background sounds and the musical score. Do not be too upset; this actually improves the quality of the viewing experience. The film also features the most awkward kissing lesson in screen history followed by highly improbable arboreal hijinks, and continuity issues galore, all leading up to the most unnatural performance featuring a stuffed animal in cinema history. The film is as boring as it is pointless, but it does have one redeeming quality: it's short.

"The Teacher" is a piece of 1970's trash features a bizarre coming of age plot superimposed with an insane lunatic stalker plot. I give auteur Hikmet Avedis credit for trying to blend disparate plots, but the entire thing comes across as one contrivance after another.
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