Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ad Mat Attack

Sunnyside ('79) represented Joey Travolta's fifteen minutes of fame. The film, an average Warriors wannabe, flopped at the box office, robbing Travolta of further leading man opportunities.

In all honesty, I was more interested in the film's two supporting features, and enjoyed both immensely. Director Charles B. Pierce, who captained both of these, had a seven year period between '72 and '79 where he turned out neat little docu-drama horror flicks with excellent titles. In addition to these, his The Legend of Boggy Creek, a very creepy little thriller, enjoyed some success.   

After The House By The Lake (aka Death Weekend), I expected big things from director William Fruet. Unfortunately, he never did anything to better that film.  

Search and Destroy, seen by me at the Abbey Theater (in Madison Heights, MI) was a terse revenge drama along the lines of Rolling Thunder and The Exterminator, but without the balls of those two.

Don Stroud, who was dynamite in House, did his best with the limited material.

I remember the throbbing electronic score punching up proceedings.

Interesting how the Aussie distributor added the virginity angle to the ad mat. 

The girls in this movie were 15, but there was nothing risque about any of it. In fact, despite the marketing angle, the film is quite a sensitive portrait of awkward teenage relationships and the clashing expectations of the sexes.

McNichol was terrific, O'Neal (coming off Paper Moon) was adequate.

A porn version of the film was released, but the ages of the characters, not surprisingly, were upped.

1 comment:

  1. I want to bugger Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol (as they were when they were both 18, not as they are now obviously).