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Sweet Sixteen

3.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CCY44S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sweet Sixteen" on IMDb

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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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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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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. It was directed by Jim Sotos, most known for his mid '70s work "Forced Entry," and features one of the strongest casts of a formulaic teen slasher movie in recent memory. Along for the ride are screen veterans such as Bo Hopkins, Patrick MacNee and Susan Strasberg. Thus, with the aforementioned cast and its above-average production values, this one always comes off as a "real movie," unlike some of its no-budget slasher counterparts from around the same time.

Aleisa Shirley (in her screen debut) stars as Melissa, who is a VERY mature-for-her-age (both in appearance and behavior) 15-year-old newcomer to a small Texas town. Melissa, shall we say, doesn't let her physical lack of years hold her back in the least, as she is known to drink, do drugs, stay out well past curfew, and has a rather casual and promiscuous attitude in choosing sexual partners. Early on, a drunk, redneck town ruffian takes her to an Indian reservation for a little late night action, only to be stabbed multiple times by an unknown perpetrator. Melissa in fact becomes the object of desire to all the boys at her new high school, and pretty soon more carnage ensues, with all the guys with the guts to get close enough to her becoming possibilities as the next murder victim. Sheriff Bo Hopkins and his daughter, played by Dana Kimmell (in the same year she starred in "Friday the 13th 3-D") are hot on the trail of the killer throughout the film, and suspicion points to an unsavory Indian at the reservation's burial ground.

Man, did I ever have a lot of fun with this one.
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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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