Malibu High (1979)





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A broken heart sends a teenage temptress on the road to prostitution and murder in this surprisingly gritty exploitation drama. Kim (Jill Lansing) is a high school senior with a bad attitude that just gets worse after her boyfriend Kevin (Stuart Taylor) breaks up with her and starts dating Annette (Tammy Taylor), a snooty rich girl. Kim's grades are poor and her financial situation is precarious, so she decides to start using her body to get what she wants. Kim begins improving her marks when she seduces her history teacher, Mr. Donaldson (John Grant), and then blackmails him into giving her an A, following suit with her other male instructors. Meanwhile, Kim buys a new car after partnering with Tony (Al Mannino), a sleazy low-level pimp and drug dealer who quickly has her turning tricks all over town. After establishing herself as a call girl, Kim breaks ties with Tony and starts working with Lance (Garth Howard), a smooth mafia-connected gangster who promises to introducer to a classier clientele. When a customer gets rough with her, Kim stabs him to death with an ice pick, and Lance realizes Kim has what it takes to be a hired killer. Malibu High was the final directorial credit for veteran director Irvin Berwick.
Comedy , Drama
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Crown International Pictures


Jill Lansing
as Kim Bentley
Phyllis Benson
as Mrs. Bentley
Tammy Taylor
as Annette
Al Mannino
as Tony
John Grant
as Donaldson
John Harmon
as Elmhurst
Johnny Grant
as Donaldson
Jim Devney
as Wyngate
Susan Gorton
as Miss Primm
William Cohen
as Jeweler
Bill Burke
as Mr. H
Ken Layton
as Mooney
Scott Walters
as Paperboy
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Critic Reviews for Malibu High

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An exploitation film cheaply made for the sleaze driven drive-in crowd.

Full Review… | February 26, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Malibu High

LAst film of 8 from the Drive in Cult Classic Vol 1 from BCI, It's no wonder that the Drive-ins were drug, booze and party havens in the '70s with this type of fare being shown! Even with all of it's flaws, there is something I like about this movie. The plot alone was what made me want to watch this hooter flick in the first place. High School flunky, turned Hooker, turned Hitgirl! When Kim gets bad grades, she seduces her Teachers and it escalates from there to becoming a full blown hooker. Not on the street mind you, but in the back of a van! What more of a classic Drive-in masterpiece could this be? The acting is awful and stiff. Speaking of stiff, the sex scenes are almost, if not worse than the acting! The camera work looks more like a home movie than a theatrical presentation. The fashions in this movie look more like mid '70s than 1979 fashion. What really cracks me up is when Kim (Jill Lansing) decides to become a hooker and shows up to school in a halter top and mini skirt! Where did she get that mini skirt from? It looks like it was made of cardboard! Didn't anyone tell Kim that mini skirts were out of fashion by 1974? The other thing that makes me laugh about this movie is the music. It sounds like what you used to hear at the supermarket. That canned piped in music called "Muzak". It's not offensive, it just doesn't really suit the movie. At the same time though, it is what gives this movie it's charm. There are a couple of music selections I had heard before. One was the music that plays after Kim tells her Mom off. This music was used for the station identification on the comedy show SCTV, which ran in the early '80s here in Canada. The next selection was during the chase scene at the end. The music being used is the same music for the syndicated TV show "The People's Court" opening! The one thing that stands out in this movie is the 1971 Mustang convertible. It's the real star of the show! It is nice to see this version of Mustang caught on film forever without rust and holes all over it, which these cars were known for. If you like movies like "The Van", "The Pom Pom Girls", and "H.O.T.S.", you may find this movie disappointing. But if you are like me and can appreciate trash flicks like "The Lonely Lady" and "The Seduction", then you will enjoy this made-for-drive-in classic! 1 Star 1-22-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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48% "I can't do it Lance, I maybe a hooker but I'm not a hit-girl."-Kim Bentley (Jill Lansive) Lansive plays the lead role as a bitter (be the age of seventeen!) unlikable bitch, surrounded by sleazeball teachers and wannabe pimps. Horribly shot, bad acting, laughable diolog and lack of logic, all the makings of a true grindhouse picture. The music was the best part of the movie

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

A malcontent, easily corruptible young woman decides that she wants to start getting good grades so she can graduate. Not wanting to study, she prostitutes herself out to her male teachers. When the principle notices that she has A's in her male-taught classes, but an F in her female-taught class, she kills him. Oh yeah, she also works her way up the prostitution ladder until her pimp turns her into a (quite successful) hitwoman. It's all very strange and would be appealing if the lead actress didn't have so much snotty attitude. There was only so much I could take.

Zane Umsted
Zane Umsted

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