Episode 610: The Violent Years
First aired: Comedy Central on 8 October 1994
Availability: iTunes, Amazon DVD, Shout Factory (Volume 22), Best Brains (Volume 22)
|Ed Wood's most successful film isn't an Ed Wood film.|
When Ed Wood wrote the screenplay, but didn't actually make The Violent Years. He didn't direct it. He didn't produce it. He just wrote it.
How else can you tell it's not really an Ed Wood film? It made money. At least, that's the word on the Internet, although I can't find any actual figures to back that up.
The Ed Wood connection is the only thing outstanding -- is that the right word? -- about this film. Well, not the only thing.
There is the fact that October 1955 Playmate of the Month Jean Moorehead (as Jean Moorhead) starred in this, her first film since her Playboy issue. She later appeared in The Amazing Colossal Man in a small role, plus a few other films.
Miss Moorehead is the star of the film, the leader of a gang of girls who rob, rape, and pillage all throughout the film. Let me explain.
|"Squeal like a piggie!"|
|Bad girls. Can you spot Miss October?||Don't move! For what seemed like 15 minutes.|
The film isn't quite as bad overall as other MST3K films. Again, not to say it's a good film. Despite the Ed Wood involvement, the story holds together. Not a lot of crazy plot holes, at least.
The riffing, though, is good. M&tB have a lot of fun with this one. Almost too much fun. Even the rape is fun!
See? Too much fun.
Um, wait. Not electrical sparks. That would sort of defeat the purpose of a promotional film by Edison Electric. No, the sparks that fly are the sparks of love College Boy feels for High School Girl after she whips up supper in her electric kitchen.
What didn't I like? My iTunes copy of the episode. This is another one of those where the iTunes version has 10-minute markers, not markers that correspond to breaks. I hate that. If I want to go back and look at a particular segment, I want the markers at the segments. Arrggghhh!
Despite this drawback, I liked this episode. Lots of fun and lots of laughs.