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Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)

And just like that, a drive-in classic comes to blu-ray!  Thanks to Dark Force Entertainment, Teenage Hitchhikers arrives with a brand new HD Master from the original camera negative with hours of scene by scene color corrections.  Time to get those thumbs out and ready for the winding road.  We’re headed west!

"Often very hilarious and downright genius in some of its social commentaries"


 

It’s the economy of boobs and butts.  For Mouse (Kathie Christopher) and Bird (Sandra Peabody, who famously played Mari Collingwood in Wes Craven's debut film Last House on the Left), the road offers them a freedom that their homes never could.  Forget bras, forget underwear, forget the rules, these two ladies want it all in the search for truth and beauty and they don’t really care who they have to rob, suck or, well, you know along the way.  They are the Teenage Hitchhikers!

Don’t get it twisted.  Teenage Hitchhikers is not quite the trashterpiece you might be expecting.  Oh, it’s wicked alright, but Mouse and Bird know pretty quickly who they need to rob in order to stay alive on this road.  

Written by Rod Whipple and directed by Gerri Sedley, Teenage Hitchhikers is a coming-of-age comedy that pits two women, sick of being used for sex, against any and all the men they come across on the way out West.  They want to turn the tables on the rapists and the rock bands that expect them to sleep with them.  Even the wealthy get roasted on this wayward road to all things bright and shiny in the Good Ol’ US of A. {googleads}

And, in case you were concerned about their morals, these women are going to start their emergency defense plan with a known rapist they come across in the woods.  He’s after Jennie (Nikki Lynn), but the girls step in and give him such a complex about the size of his member and his lack of style that he can’t get it up.  

And they are just beginning.

Often very hilarious and downright genius in some of its social commentaries, the comedy - when it isn’t filling our eyes with all sorts of untrimmed bushes, bathtub lesbian sex (with bubbles!!!), and boobs galore - works best when it subverts the genre of sex comedies and allows the women to do unto others before they do unto them.  Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)

And the chemistry between Christopher and Peabody, often acknowledged by Quentin Tarantino (who is a big fan of the film) and other cult connoisseurs, is damn genius, making this movie endlessly entertaining with quips, commentaries, and screwy curiosities that only the 1970s could produce.

The film is full of cornball characters and screwball moments of comedy that somehow roll across the screen without any effort at all.  There’s the lunatic who lives in the classic car emporium, the sheriff who is trailing the girls, and the lingerie salesman; and they are all eager to do business with the girls . . . somehow.

Co-starring Claire Wilbur, Peter Carew, and Margaret Whitton as Sola Alcoa, Teenage Hitchhikers is softcore fun as violence takes a backseat in this drive-in classic.

Come and get it Mother Truckers!

4/5 stars

Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Dark Force Entertainment
Available on Blu-ray
- May 12, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: None
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

The 13th single edition high def release from Dark Force Entertainment stars Sandra Peabody from Last House on the Left. But this 1974 drive-in exploitation flick doesn't rely on violence, but rather just good software fun. Featured in Quentin Tarantino's QT Fest, it's the story of two young hitchhikers who embark on a cross country trip in search of freedom, excitement and independence. The lovely ladies use their bodies as currency and encounter a diverse array of libidinous folks on their journey.

Video:

Presented by Dark Force Entertainment, this release shimmies with a brand new HD master from the original uncut 35mm camera negative with extensive scene by scene color corrections.  The results are pristine as black levels hold their edges, colors are bold, and the skin tones (of which there are plenty) are both supple and strong.  There are details in the clothing and in the backgrounds which add nothing but authenticity to this trip.  The film is presented with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

Audio:

An English Mono track provides the sound.  Sometimes muddy, it does have a lot of interesting sounds thanks to a crazy soundtrack.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a great commentary with DP Bill Lamond who discusses why this film should be remembered.

Special Features:

Look, you either GET this film or you don’t.  I can’t sell you on it.  But for those who are interested, the blu-ray offers the new transfer, the new commentary, and an on-camera interview with the film’s director, Gerri Sedley.

  • On-Camera Interview with Gerri Sedley

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars

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Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
74 mins
Director
: Claude Goddard
Writer:
Rod Whipple
Cast:
Chris Jordan, Sandra Peabody, Claire Wilbur
Genre
: Comedy | Crime
Tagline:
Everything you're looking for... More than you bargained for!
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:
June 1975
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 12, 2020.
Synopsis: the story of two young hitchhikers who embark on a cross country trip in search of freedom, excitement and independence. The lovely ladies use their bodies as currency and encounter a diverse array of libidinous folks on their journey.

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Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)

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