Malibu High (1978) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Irvin Berwick
Starring: Jill Lansing, Katie Johnson, Alex Mann
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available From Vinegar Syndrome
Kim (Jill Lansing) is a smart-mouthed high school senior whose boyfriend dumps her for a snobbish rich girl. Her poor grades and working class background make matters even worse, until Kim realizes that she can use her beautiful body to achieve her goals. Sexually blackmailing her teachers improves her grades and moonlighting as a prostitute pays off handsomely. But an easy life of vice pulls her deeper into corruption and crime, and soon Kim finds herself lured into the risky and bloody role of a high school aged hit girl!
At a glance you might expect Malibu High to be a teen comedy from the 70’s. Once you start to watch it you’ll see just how wrong you are. Nothing and nobody about the film’s cover is really in the film. Sure, some stuff takes place at the Malibu High but this movie is a whole other type of movie than that. The movie starts off by showing us boobs right out the gate! Last time I saw titties that quickly I had to pay money for it! Anyway, those boobs belong to a character named Kim and right off the bat, she’s doing a fine job of pissing her mother off. From there it is a downhill drop as she goes from having sex with her teachers to pass school, to prostitution, and then finally she settles on being an assassin. Now in between all of that is a whole lot of boobs but we never really cross over into a true pornographic film. Just a B-movie with a whole lot of B-oob scenes.
You call our character of Kim a bit of complex one in some ways. She clearly has something that isn’t clicking right with her and we are shown a few reasons why during the movie. It isn’t just the fact that her boyfriend seems to be moving on to another woman, but that does seem to have a bit to do with things as well. As weird and all over the place as things tend to get from time to time in Malibu High I still can’t help but admit that I enjoyed this one perhaps a bit more than I should have. I had always just gone by the title and written the film off as a teen comedy or something of that nature. Now having seen it I can’t even start to explain how wrong I was about this one. Malibu High seems to have a little bit of everything from murder to laughs, even if a good deal of those laughs probably wasn’t intentional.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
– Group commentary track with: Producer Lawrence Foldes and Actress Tammy Taylor
– Video interviews with: Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor, Actor Garth Pillsbury
– Q&A from a screening at the New Beverly Cinema w/ Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor & Actor Alex Mann
– “Struggle for Israel” (1976) – a short film by Lawrence Foldes
– “Grandpa & Marika” (1975) – a short film by Lawrence Foldes
– Original theatrical trailer
– Production still gallery
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH Subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 100%