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The Violent Years Reviews

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½ May 16, 2015
Stands in as one of Ed Wood's shitest films. Bad acting, bad script and just a dull and worthless movie. Although the camera quality is good enough (for an Ed Wood movie) i only recommend the MST3K version because the film is unwatchable on it's own.
½ May 27, 2013
One of the funniest movie I ever seen.
May 25, 2013
Si tu prends le film au sérieux, il vaut un 1.5 étoiles. J'ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à écouter ce film. :)
½ February 8, 2013
Girls, guns, and sweaters galore!
June 14, 2012
Teen rebellion became a massive issue in the 50's and "Rebel Without A Cause" created a stir both socially and commercially. So obviously, the indie studios wanted to cash in on the teen rebel craze. In came Ed Wood with a script of teen delinquent bad girls. It really doesn't make much sense, and there are serious inconsistencies, but that's what you should expect, right?
½ May 31, 2012
Like anyone who writes at Flixster (or anyone who reviews it after seeing it), the only thing noteworthy about this movie is that it was written by Ed Wood, and it shows. The Violent Years tells the story of a group of teenage gals who form a gang and go out to commit robbery, rape and murder, and the downward spiral that eventually follows. Not that you can really gauge this movie based on that description or get any real entertainment value out of it, but that's the gist of it. Even the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew tries their best to at least make it funny to watch, but alas, even they can't keep up with the poop flinging from the screen in great big clumps. Yeah, ok, that was disgusting, but so is the movie.
April 3, 2012
March 11, 2012
Very boring. The characters were uninteresting and the story didn't offer much. It's a decent movie to watch on MST3K though.
½ March 12, 2008
Only Ed Wood would write a story about a group of girls raping a guy with a straight face. And only MST3K would make the rest of it entertaining.
Super Reviewer
December 4, 2010
HAHA ive seen this! god i need a hobby.
September 16, 2009
Not as bad as most of Ed Wood's films, but that sure isn't saying much. It is still a dreadfully bad film, with some of the worst acting ever. But Ed Wood's films are always worth tuning into, because they are so so bad.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2008
Script by Ed Wood. Hm. Think I'll pass.
April 21, 2008
The neglected daughter of a socialite and a workaholic newspaper editor forms a gang of other girls who receive everything but attention from their parents. Together, they go on an ever-escalating crime-spree that involves gas station robberies, the rape of young men, and even the desecration of the American flag!

"The Violent Years" is a film written by the infamous Edward Wood, a screenwrite and director whose flims only redeeming qualities were that the passion he had for filmmaking managed to show through the cheap sets, bad acting, and incompetent direction, and the quirky sort of poetic cadence that was present in his dialogue. (Of course, also present were awful lines like, "It's hard for an old friend to sit in judgement of an old friend.") Although one might think that another director at the helm of this movie might elevate above Ed Wood's usual low standards, but it happens that William Morgan is about as skilled a craftsman as Wood.

That said, this film still has has its decent points. First off, it has a message that is equally valid today. Parents need to do more parenting--as in, they need to set aside their own interests and desires for the years when they should be focusing on guiding and nurturing the young lives they've brought into this world--if we're to pull American society out of the tailspin it's been in for the past 50 years. It's delivered in so hamfisted a fashion that it makes "Reefer Madness" seem subtle, but it's a message that I wish would reach reach the appropriate ears and one that I wish would be heeded. It also features a nice reversal of the oft-featured gang-rape scene in these sorts of youth crime films, and perhaps one of the most creative executions of a car crash in a film where the budget didn't allow for a car crash. Oh... and just about every female character who you might want to see in tight clothes is indeed wearing tight clothes. If only real life had so many firm bosoms in tight sweaters!

On the downside, we've got some pretty horrible acting that's matched only by the film's horrible casting. The teenage wild things, who are around 15 or 16 years old according to the film's story, are played by actresses who are obviously in their late 20s or early 30s, something which lends an air of rediculousnesses to the story. Further, we once again are treated to some of the cheapest looking homes of rich people that have ever been put on film. (Ed Wood kept writing about fancy homes, but the sets in his movies never rose to even being close to believable on that count.)

Of course, there's also plenty of "so bad they're good" moments in the film, such as the pajama party, the shoot-out, and the aforementioned rape scene which is on one hand as creepy and disturbing as it needs to be, but undermined by an illogical simultaneous escape scene.

Like Ed Wood's other message picture, "Glen or Glenda?", "The Violent Years" delivers a point that is worth taking to heart--while the previous film asked for tolerance of those who are different, this film calls for parents to live up to their responsibilities and presents us with an over-the-top example of the consequences of parental neglect. This film isn't quite as strange as "Glen or Glenda?", nor as poetic, but it's still a decent story. It's also a film that will brighten the line-up of any Bad Movie Night while delivering its message wrapped in tight sweaters.

The Violent Years (aka "Female", "Girl Gang Terrorists" and "Teenage Girl Gang")
Starring: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Joanne Cangi, Gloria Farr, Therea Hancock, Timothy Farrell, Arthur Millan, I. Stanford Jolley, and Lee Constant
Director: William Morgan
Super Reviewer
March 27, 2008
The best thing about this movie is the fact that it was written by Edward D. Wood, Jr. His absurd and (unintentionally) funny script really drives this ludicrous tale about a female gang.
January 31, 2008
½ December 2, 2007
Written by Ed Wood, but directed by William Morgan - who might as well be Wood, given the great badness of the film. A gang of females rape men, terrorize others and have a ball, until they're caught. Typical '50s moralizing bookends a raunchy classic of bad films.
Fans of Ministry keep an ear out for sampled dialogue.
October 4, 2006
Not as bad as most of Ed Wood's films, but that sure isn't saying much. It is still a dreadfully bad film, with some of the worst acting ever. But Ed Wood's films are always worth tuning into, because they are so so bad.
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