Drive-In Cult Classics: 8 Movie Collection
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An off-beat story about two young women whose lives are forever changed when they hitchhike a ride in a mobile home.
A punchy story about the sexual entanglements of four people and how their moral conflicts lead to heartache and destruction.
A high-living architect who - as a result of his violent temper - finds himself enmeshed in two accidental deaths. When he discovers his 2nd wife having an affair with his teenage son...there's almost a third murder!
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.
Trip with the Teacher:
A chilling experience in terror as a group of female students and their pretty teacher are ambushed, while on a field trip, by two sadistic bikers, forcing the women to learn a lesson in survival.
Two young couples taste the free and easy life on a cross country motor-home tour until love backfires and tragedy follows.
Cindy and Donna:
Two sisters, growing up in a middle-class home with parents too preoccupied with booze and sex, find that being grown up doesn't mean acting like their folks, as experiments with drugs and sex teach them.
High school senior Kim is having her share of problems. Her grades are poor, her boyfriend dumped her for a rich girl and her financial situation is disastrous. So she makes an after hours deal with one of her teachers to improve her grade point average. Soon, she is working her way through the faculty room and taking on paying customers.
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Worth the price of admission alone. This is the one that really shines out of this bunch. Much stronger language than all of the others, classic dialogue ("Maybe if you weren't so concerned about dirt, and dust, and greasy buildup, then Daddy wouldn't have left, and wouldn't have had to kill himself because he couldn't get it up anymore!"), plenty of salaciousness, and great low budget jaw-dropppers like a high school dance that takes place in a Mexican restaurant, not to mention wicked 70s wall-rugs and phrases like "Check you later!" Malibu High RULES. If only they could all be this good.
CINDY & DONNA
The second best film in this set, and a classic theme song. Donna is the slutty older sister that ultimately lures the uptight Cindy into a trampy lifestyle. Tame by today's standards but otherwise not for the prudish. One of many with an astonishingly abrupt ending.
Pretty entertaining by virtue of its lameness. The by-line on the package is totally misleading, however - she does not 'corrupt the morality of an entire school,' not by a long shot. This one features a lovely, Cheryl Ladd-ish teacher figure - it's summer vacation so other than one shot outside the school during the opening credits, there is no school-related activity whatsoever. This has very TV-style acting, shooting, everything, then the obligatory T & A every 20 mins or so. It's like watching The Brady Bunch with partial nudity plus some light crime. The goofy villain, Ralph, is a hilarious scene-stealing goon. What's unfathomable is why the Teacher would be interested in a dork like Sean who greatly prefers working on his van to having sex. Seriously, count the number of times he references working on his van, it's insane. This one also has a classic theme song that plays through 75% of the movie.
Weird flick. Goofus and Gallant take a motor home on a multi-state trip as one last fling to celebrate Goofus getting out of the Army and Gallant getting married. But Goofus just can't face the end of the footloose good times with his buddy, so he sets about to destroy the impending marriage. Ann Noland really shines in this movie as Jo Ella - she's got a great spontaneity and charm. But questions linger: where the hell did Goofus put his motorcycle when he was riding in the motor home? And why didn't Gallant just waste him? Pretty classic drunken strip scene in an Indian bar.
THE SISTER IN LAW
This is actually a fairly serious movie about two bearded brothers from a well-to-do family. The elder brother, Edward, was a briefly successful writer who has since fallen into wearing white turtlenecks and performing deliveries for organized crime types who have a flair for dramatically handing envelopes to one another. His marriage to a gorgeous though small-nippled woman is dissolving when the younger brother, Robert, our protagonist, returns to the swank family house from his idealistic exploration of America. Swimming in the pool, wearing tennis clothes, and banging Edward's older soon-to-be ex-wife suddenly loses interest when Edward shows up with his mistress, another lovely woman just about Robert's age. Eventually Edward has a movie opportunity in L.A. right about the time he's scheduled to do a particularly risky package pickup in Canada, and he gets Robert to do it for him by letting him bring the mistress along. Plays out like a pretty good auteur type of film of the period if you're down with the laid-back 70s pacing.
This one looks & feels like an extended episode of Barnaby Jones or Police Woman. The only thing remotely 'cult classic'-ish about it is 1) there's a scene where the elite group of friends are dancing during the daytime at the beach house to flute music...and one of the dudes is revealed to actually be playing a flute, and 2) a scene where the cops bring in 'Sanchez' or 'Lopez' or whoever and the guy lays out a very 70s racist caricature of the hot-blooded Latino. Otherwise you'll swear you're watching TV at 12:30 at night in 1972.
TRIP WITH THE TEACHER
No relation to The Teacher. This one is pretty dark. Two creepy bikers trap 4 or 5 teenage girls and their teacher in an abandoned shack and proceed to torment and rape them while they cry. If you like relentlessly hopeless situations like in Cape Fear, then have at it, but this is not for me.
Why this one is presented first I can't imagine - it is easily the most boring one in the bunch. Two lovely young women catch a ride with a 70s dude who is driving a motor home through Florida. Ultimately it becomes soft porn in a swamp, with some psychedelic scenes of ambiguous mysticism, interspersed with hostile phone calls from the fat sweaty man expecting the motor home to be delivered to its destination in a timely fashion. Oh, and some flashbacks about being molested in a church. Don't expect a happy ending, or a payoff for all the shots of sunsets, roadside landscapes, blah blah blah.
My reason for buying this collection is to see, Best Friends (1975), starring Richard Hatch, 3 years before he played "Captain Apollo" in Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series (1978-79). Finally I get to see the movie unedited and I had missed the ending before.
Best Friends (1975)
Two guys, Jesse (Richard Hatch) and Pat (Doug Chapin) have been friends forever. They even went through the Army together. Now they are civilians again. The plan is to travel in a trailer with two women, Kathy (Susanne Benton) and Jo Ella (Ann Nolan), on the way to Stockton. Jesse wants to get married to his lady and settle down. Pat misses the good times with his buddy and wants to travel and have a wild times with him. He doesn't want his friendship with Jesse to end. Pat begins to turn his evil head.
The Teacher (1974)
Two teenage men, Sean (Jay North) and Lou (Rudy Herrera Jr), are having fun up in a loft of a warehouse. They are sharing binoculars looking at the naked ladies sunbathing on a boat. Suddenly, Ralph (Anthony James) yells at the guys and Lou, who is startled, slips from the stairs and falls to his death.
Now Ralph blames Sean for pushing Lou and killing his brother. He did no such thing. Ralph wants to kill Sean and threatens him not to tell the police. Sean finds comfort in an older woman, Diane (Angel Tompkins), who is a teacher.
Other movies are:
Trip With the Teacher, aka, Deadly Field Trip (1975).
The Stepmother (1972), aka, Impulsion. Starring Alejandro Rey, Larry Linville, Rudy Herrera Jr.
Sister In Law (1974) Starring John Savage. That is also John Savage singing the song.
The worst of this set is Cindy & Donna (1970) and Malibu High (1979). I would call them really cheap "exploitation" movies to the point of borderline pornographic.
Some movies include male nudity, female frontal nudity and sexual situations.
Most of the movies are from Crown International Pictures. Low-budget, bad dialogue, one-camera, cheap film.
Well, if you wanted to be an actor or a filmmaker, you had to start somewhere. It paid the rent.
All movies are rated "R", with the exception of Cindy & Donna, which is not rated.
Two movies appear on each side of a disc in this 2-disc, 8 movie set.
Released by Mill Creek Entertainment. Also available:
Drive-In Cult Classics 2,
Drive-In Cult Classics 3,
Drive-In Cult Classics, Vol. 4,
Drive-In Classics Collection,
Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set.
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