Friday, June 27, 2014

Trip with the Teacher (1975)

Director: Earl Barton

Writer: Earl Barton

Composer: Igo Kantor

Starring: Zalman King, Brenda Fogarty, Cathy Worthington, Dina Ousley, Jill Voight, Susan Russell, Robert Gribbin, Edward Cross, Robert Porter, Jack Driscoll, David Villa

More info: IMDb

Tagline: How far should a teacher go to protect her students?

Plot: A teacher and her class of female students take a class trip to the desert. Their bus breaks down, and they find themselves terrorized by a gang of psycho bikers.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This is great drive-in fare despite my low score.  It's the kind of thing that's elevated by watching it outside under the stars with a bunch of other folks, eating greasy food and making out.  See, it's the making out part that makes this better but it's entirely on you to make that happen.  Regarding the film, two of the bikers are bad news and some of the young girls add fuel to the fire by fucking with them and being total C U Next Tuesdays!  The acting is appropriately good to mediocre.  The dialogue, cinematography, story all work reasonably well but what does the film a disservice is the slow pacing. It's about a half hour in before the shit starts to hit the fan for the girls.  For a while after it takes a turn toward the drag only to pick up a bit in the drawn out final third. It's not just me.  Everyone in the room was feeling it.  If it weren't for the slow pacing this could be a much better sleazy time.  It's got all of the ingredients for a fun exploitation picture but it takes too long to deliver the goods.  

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