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Just For the Hell of It/Blast-Off Girls

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Just For the Hell of It (1968, 81 min.) - Teens run amok in the Drive-In double bill from the incredible Herschell Gordon Lewis! A gang of nihilistic delinquents raise hell in a suburban community by doing whatever they want, whenever they want, Just For the Hell of It! Dexter, Denny, Bitsy, and Lummox aren't misunderstood, underprivileged, or even angry, they're just plain bad. When things get dull, they hop in their '67 Mustang and commit senseless acts of cowardly chaos. "Blast-Off Girls" (1967, 83 min.) - Slimeball manager Boogie Baker tries to turn a small-time teenage rock band into an overnight sensation with the help of pot parties, blackmail, and plenty of Blast-Off Girls in H.G. Lewis' answer to "A Hard Day's Night," which also includes a cameo by Mr. Rock & Roll himself, Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders!

Special Features

  • Gallery of Drive-In exploitation art
  • Drive-In intermission shorts
  • "Facts of Life" Drive-In book pitch
  • Trash-O-Rama radio-spot rarities
  • "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" - An interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of three hours worth of exploitation Drive-In madness

Product Details

  • Actors: Dan Conway, Ray Sager, Tom Tyrell, Ron Liace, Dennis Hickey
  • Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 234 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H8L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Just For the Hell of It/Blast-Off Girls" on IMDb

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I purchased this disc for the H. G. Lewis epic "Just for the Hell of It," but found that that was actually the inferior picture. The real gem here, the real classic, is "Blast-Off Girls," the review for which follows:

H. G. Lewis occupies a special place in film history; he's infamous because his blood-red gore films of the 60's and 70's were so shocking and audacious. I've enjoyed watching a few of his movies, but I have certainly not seen them all.

Nevertheless, I'd be willing to bet that "Blast-Off Girls" is one of his best-made films. I liked it a lot. Surprisingly, it features no graphic violence, and very little violence period. And surprisingly, it is driven by story and acting, both of which are fine considering the shoestring budget. I imagine there is a strong autobiographical side to this movie, because filmmaker Lewis really seems to loathe and despise the rotten, profit-grubbing main character:

Dan Conway plays "Boojie Baker," the all-too-believably sleazy band manager with big-time aspirations--he's working his way up the ladder (or so he thinks), chewing up and spitting out small rock bands; he entices his prospects with girls, and promises of "the good life," then books shows for them--but when the minimal profits roll in, he makes sure the band gets just enough of them to stick begrudgingly around. If they question his honesty, he lies and placates; if they accuse him of thievery and threaten to leave, he blackmails them. He's thoroughly detestable, and very enjoyably played by Conway.

Boojie's associates generally only tolerate him so they can go to his raucous parties (attended by the "Blast-Off" groupie girls of the title, who have basically nothing to do with the story).
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(note: the below review is strictly for 'Just For The Hell Of It')

H.G. Lewis was on quite a roll in the late 60's... In fact, he directed
11 films (!) in '67 and '68. I realize that Lewis has his share of
detractors. Many consider him a no talent hack who relentlessly
regurgitated disposable entertainment at a disturbingly prodigious rate
during the mid-to-late 60's. They often bemoan the nailed-down camera
work, wooden acting, and ridiculous situations depicted on screen.
Interestingly, these are the exact elements that make Mr. Lewis's films
so endearing to me...

When I watch movies, I do so for two main reasons. Either I want to be
entertained and amused; or I want be pulled out of my comfort zone, and
placed in a mental area in which I am forced to think about and ponder
various facets of life. This film entertains in a big way. In fact,
most H.G. Lewis films never fail to entertain me and bring a big smile
to my face...

Mr. Lewis is best know as being the Godfather of Gore. Not many
film-goers realize that Mr. Lewis was an incredibly versatile movie
making machine; dipping into children's films, morality tales,
hillbilly musical comedies, juvenile delinquent tales, nudies,
roughies, and other assorted ephemera...

'Just For The Hell Of It' is H.G. Lewis's juvenile delinquent
masterpiece. These are some bad kids...

The film starts out with a bang, and within 45 seconds a reckless
groups of youths can be found laying waste to and completely trashing a
house. These bad boys (and girl) are led by Ray Sager(as Dexter). The
entire film is dedicated to the exploits of Dexter and company, as they
terrorize a town and it's inhabitants.
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Blast Off Girls, despite the title, didn't have too much to do with girls. Instead, this film showcases a male rock band, trying to hit the big time in the music biz, during the late-60s. The band goes through quite a bit, as they struggle to become well-known pop stars. They have to contend with a ruthless, greedy manager, internal squabbles amongst the band members, living on a meager income, their own drug abuse etc., etc.

Though this movie is not the most exciting rock film in the world, it's entertaining in a hokey sort of way. The band plays some pretty decent garage/psychedelic rock, and they give-off an energetic vibe. There are many scenes in this film, that show the band frolicking merrily outdoors. In this way, the movie is similar to an episode of the Monkees. For those who are nostalgic about the late-60s rock scene, this movie will suffice.
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Blast-Off Girls, a little known art film that spins the web of a music promoter's need for power, delivers in true Americana fashion. Finally on DVD, true Athenian irony presents itself as a rock promoter tries to steer the career of an up and coming rock & roll band. The cane wielding promoter's intent readily unveils itself. He merely wants control and loyalty above everything else, even above his wallet. Rumored by Guajardian literary critic Miguel Hansoo to be the work that inspired Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." Whether that be the case or not, this film is worth viewing simply for a cameo by American fast-food icon Colonel Sanders, in which he proudly clucks ", OooEEEEEEE! We DO serve fried chicken!" The band in the movie plays an improvised concert for Sanders in exchange for a bucket of chicken. Read into this apparent comedy relief closely though; Sanders places the bucket of chicken before the boy band whilst they play, then dances a step or two away from their performance. The Colonel may have done some ad-lib here to make a subtle declaration: that the free exchange of old school culinary treasure for modern day subversive rock music results in an unbreakable union that thwarts the possible resurrection of McCarthy like tactics that nearly destroyed the great Artisans of the USA. The contributions this underrated gem possesses is worth the price. Some may write this off as just another B-Movie, but look closely and you will find so much more.
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