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Teenage Gang Debs/Teen-Age Strangler [DVD]

Release Date:04/24/2001
Another terrific "teenage terror drive-in double feature" disc from Something Weird Video. Both prints are presented full frame (aspect ratio of 1.33:1) with Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks. Teenage Gang Debs is in black-and-white and is not without some print flaws, most noticeably high contrast. Teen-Age Strangler fares much better, with a color print that's almost flawless. The disc is loaded with thematic extras. The trailers section features clips for Teenage Gang Debs, Teen-Age Strangler, The Cats, The Crawling Hand, Damaged Goods, Four Boys and a Gun, Our Man Steel, and The Weird Lovemakers. There is also a "Hidden Trailer" for Sins of Rachel found in the chapter index for Teen-Age Strangler. The "Delinquent Goodies" section includes two short films. The first is a police scare film from 1962 entitled Headed for Trouble which runs about a half hour and features actor/writer Jason Miller (The Exorcist). The other short is Dance, Little Children which is an unbelievable film about venereal disease from 1961; it runs about 25 minutes. Also included in this section is a "Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Drive-In Intermission Announcements" running seven minutes as well as three separate "Intermission" films (snack bars clips, local business ads, etc.) each running around ten minutes. The final feature for this delightful disc is "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" which allows for uninterrupted playback of all of the disc's features.

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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • Trash-o-Rama drive-in trailers: "The Cats," "The Crawling Hand," "Damaged Goods," "Four Boys and a Gun," "Our Man Steel," and "The Weird Lovemakers"
    • Archival short subject #1: 1962 police scare film "Headed for Trouble"
    • Archival short subject #2: "Dance, Little Children" [1961]
    • "Let's Go to the Drive-In" interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of nearly four hours of teenage drive-in madness
    • Classic drive-in intermission shorts
    • Gallery of drive-in exploitation art
    • Trash-o-Rama radio-spot rarities


    Teenage Strangler
    A serial killer has been targeting teenage girls in a small town, strangling his victims with pantyhose and drawing an "X" in lipstick on their foreheads. Lieutenant Anderson (Bill Bloom) is frustrated by the crimes, and thinks that modern parents have become too lax with their curfews. Local hot-rod gang the Fast Backs find themselves prime suspects, since an eyewitness says she might have seen their insignia, a bulldog, on the killer's back. Their only alibi is an illegal drag strip race (they're the number one group in the state), except for Jimmy (John Ensign), who is carrying on a forbidden romance with Betty (Jo Canterbury), and can't answer for his whereabouts. Tensions with fellow gang member Curly cause Jimmy to throw his Fast Backs jacket away, and a wild fistfight leads to a challenge to drag. When another body is found, the clues suddenly point to Curly, but a high speed chase and a terrible accident only complicate matters further. So who is the killer? Is it the creepy janitor? Is it the dweebish kid brother? There's lots of gutbucket rockabilly guitar and screaming sax on the jukebox in this juvenile delinquent thriller. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

    Teenage Gang Debs
    Brimming with gritty New York street violence and more than enough exploitative elements to please even the pickiest of genre aficionados, this lurid tale centers on the exploits of Terry, a former member of the Golden Falcons, a girl gang from Manhattan. Ambitious, ruthless and manipulative, Terry falls for Johnny. Not wanting a mere follower, she seduces him into killing the current leader of the Brooklyn Rebels and taking over. To cover his dirty deed, she makes it look as if the Rebels' rivals, the WW II helmet-wearing Aliens from Queens, were responsible. The malicious Terry's machinations lead to an all-out gang war that decimates the ranks of the Rebels. The girl friends of the downed gang members are quite upset. When they learn that Terry is ultimately responsible for the destruction, they band together to get a gruesome form of revenge. Highlights include a vicious catfight, an exciting rumble sequence and a gang rape. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Bill A. Bloom
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      Jo Canterbury
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      John Ensign
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      Johnny Haymer

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