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  • Grindhouse Double Feature: Revolting Teens Of The 1970s



    Released by: After Hours Cinema
    Released on: November 6, 2012.
    Director: ?/Shaun Costello
    Cast: Harry Reems, Helen Madigan, Eric Edwards/Marlene Willoughby, Shaun Costello
    Year: 1973/1977
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    The Movies:

    This recent double feature from the fine folks over at After Hours Cinema teams up two 'teen' themed adult quickies from the seventies made on the fast and cheap but starring some interesting name talent. Here's a look…

    Revolting Teens (1973):

    Our title feature has no opening credits, it just cuts to some chicks on a couch and then shows us Harry Reems' carpentry skills. Reems has got baby powder in his hair to make it look like it's gone grey on him, but it doesn't work very well. Turns out he's the wood shop teacher, but that he's got a mean temper and he likes yelling at his students, each of whom is as old as he is and is sporting an equally mighty moustache.

    Reems works at the school watched over by Miss Dupont (Any Mathieu), the principal. Also employed there is phys ed teacher Mr. Hardy (Eric Edwards), a friendly guy who likes to teach girls how to play badminton. Reems freaks out about the poor quality of the chair his students have built and takes his frustrations out by boning Miss Dupont on a mattress on the floor of her office. When one of the girls (Valerie Marron) from the phys ed class wanders into the wood shop while Reems is otherwise preoccupied, clothes come off and the students get it on - two guys on one chick. Meanwhile, Mr. Hardy is getting it on with the other chick (Helen Madigan) on one of the mats in the gymnasium he was using to teacher her gymnastics. Eventually Miss Dupont gets it on with one of the female students sent to her office where she gets completely nude except for some saucy red knee high socks!

    For whatever reason, when this one ends we get two minutes of the next feature tacked on. That probably wasn't intentional but it's a bit confusing. At any rate, Revolting Teens is amusing enough. It's light on plot but heavy on sex and goofy highjinks with Reems doing his usual schtick and the ladies giving their all. Mathieu steals the show as the principal and looks great too. Helen Madigan's presence is always welcome and Eric Edwards proves to be almost as good as Reems when it comes to goofy comedy. Ultimately if this is no lost classic it's a fun, light watch equal parts amusing and sexy.

    Betrayed Teens (1977)

    When a very well endowed fourteen year old girl from a well to do New York family of socialites named Linda Dunraven (Amanda Blake) is kidnapped by a gang of sadistic bikers, things get ugly. Her parents hire a private detective named Murray Kaplan (Leo Lovemore) to try and figure out what happened. He and his chick go undercover to try and find out where the bikers have taken poor, innocent Linda (who is, of course, nowhere near as virginal as her parents would have us believe). Most of Kaplan's work involves banging biker chicks.

    As more and more details come out about how this all happened, it turns out that her own mother (sexy Marlene Willoughby who was the nurse in Water Power) was responsible for it all. There's not really much else to the plot here aside from the fact that Linda's own boyfriend, Bobby (director Shaun Costello) is the man who leads the biker gang - he doesn't make for the most believable teenager.

    The daughter ends up turning things around on dear old mom and dad by the time the film ends, and let's just say that it doesn't have a happy ending - look for Costello as the biker with the cat o' nine tails in the last scene.

    As far as the on screen carnage goes, again, there is some pretty heavy sadism in this one. Women are tied up, whipped, beaten, and raped. There's also some heavy incest going on as well and considering the fact that the kidnapped victim who is subjected to some of this is supposed to be underage, it's a bit of a taboo breaker I suppose. The opening argument between the mother and father (Alan Marlow) is pretty funny - dad is in no way going to allow his daughter to go away to school and come home with a French accent!

    The plot moves along quite briskly, there's plenty of raunchy sex packed into its short sixty minute running time, and if you're into the weird, rough side of porn then this one ought to give you a couple of cheap thrills as it's quite well done and it does deliver the goods in the slap and spank departments. Seeing the bikers zipping around on their choppers adds to the weirdness of it all as they cruise through the streets of 1970s era New York City.

    Video/Audio/Extras:

    Both films are presented fullframe, which is how they were shot and how they are meant to be seen, and taken from original film prints. How does the picture quality stack up? Reasonably well, actually. There's plenty of scratches and age related debris to get worked up over if you're into that type of thing but the discs are well authored and don't show any compression problems. While this won't win any awards for video quality, they're all perfectly watchable.

    Audio chores are handled for the three films by way of a trio of Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks. There's nothing fancy about any of these mixes but they get the job done. Expect a bit of hiss, a snap, crackle and pop here and there, and periodic fluctuations in the levels, but none of this is particularly detrimental. Sure, it'd have been nice if more clean up was done on the A/V side of things but there's something to be said for maintaining the sleazy charm of productions like these.

    There are no extras on the first disc outside of menus, feature selection and trailers for other After Hours Cinema releases.

    The Final Word:

    Two very different films, this double feature offers up the light, breezy and fun Revolting Teens and the sleazy, twisted rough and tumble Betrayed Teens both in reasonably good shape. There isn't much in the way of extras but fans will enjoy the films - they both deliver, if for very dissimilar reasons.























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