Punk Vacation (1990) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Stanley Lewis
Starring: Stephen Fiachi, Sandra Bogan, Raymond Fusci
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:85/Number of disc: 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father’s death, she’s held hostage by the gang resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks.
I don’t know how I missed this one over the years, but I am very happy this was put out recently. We have a slice of the 80’s in a 90’s movie and while it doesn’t always make sense or have logic behind it, it still is fun. And really, isn’t fun all we are actually looking for when you go into a movie titled “Punk Vacation”? The battle between punks and rednecks is caused when one of the punks off an old man and send his daughter to the hospital in a catatonic state. Coming from Tennessee, I can tell you that is actually usually how the battle between such groups of people tend to start. Anyway, his other daughter goes in for the kill, but things get twisted and next thing you know we have the police getting trigger happy locals to help them out. It is all a whole lot of exploitation goodness and there is some tension as well which only adds to and helps the overall plot. It really comes across as a hybrid, because at times the movie even feels like something from the 70’s. A movie to be able to almost combine three decades worth of movie styles into the mix, be it good or bad, is a very interesting flick and a good accomplishment. I’m not sure what all Stanley Lewis directed off the top of my head, but I can surely assume the man must have had a career. He’d almost have to, right?
While I don’t think any actor here will be winning any rewards (I never did say this was perfect after all), they do make for some memorable characters. We have more than a few characters that really stand-out and that is never a bad thing. There are even a few comedic moments that can draw a chuckle out of you and you won’t be bored at all…for better or for worse. The transfer has a few bad patches of film here and there, but then it can unleash a really nice popping scene or two at you as well. I think the good is far more than the bad and when it is good it is really good. And once again, I want to state that this may very well be a movie people reading this site will love and just hadn’t lad the luck of hearing about it until now with this awesome release. The movie has it all, good and bad, but the movie keeps you watching and shows us a lot of what a lot of current movies seem to be lacking, which is among other things heart.
– Commentary track by The Hysteria Continues
– Video Interview
– Photo Gallery
– Bonus Feature Film: Nomad Riders
Quality of Transfer: 91%