Author: msroz from United States
26 January 2013
I have now seen a movie associated with Ed Wood, although I didn't know it. He wrote "The Violent Years", but although the script is very weak, the directing, acting and production are even worse.
There is one scene where the movie comes to a complete and unbelievable standstill, and that's when an associate of Moorhead's father comes in to her home where she is having a pajama party, and he stands there saying nothing while watching several girls make out with boys. This goes on seemingly without end.
Moorhead plays a spoiled girl whose parents are never around and who has taken up robbery with several other girls as a pastime. She eventually gets around to murder, in total cold blood. The movie treats it completely casually, as if she were dialing the telephone. At the start and finish, there is a good deal of preaching about juvenile delinquency, so that I guess this qualifies as an exploitation movie too.
There is a shootout scene that is staged so badly that I am sure any amateur film student past the age of 10 could have done it better. Forget about motivation or character development. There isn't any.
There is a certain fascination in watching something done this badly. I give it a 2 because some scenes do flow by without causing too much pain. It's the bad ones that drag it down.