18 June 2024
Sweet Sixteen (1983)
87 min.
Directed by Jim Sotos.
With Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg, Patrick Macnee, Don Stroud, Sharon Farrell, Dana Kimmell, Aleisha Shirley, Larry Storch, Michael Pataki, Steve Antin.
A watered down slasher set in the Southwest desert, this still has a few fun moments to recommend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, flirtatious Melissa Morgan (Shirley) is a lonely big city girl who finds herself with few friends in her small town.

To make life bearable, the naughty Melissa keeps her dating scorecard full at all times.

Trouble is, each new paramour dies a horrible death...one by one.

The local sheriff Dan Burke (Hopkins) heads up an investigation into the mayhem, with the aid of his novice sleuth daughter Marci (Kimmell, from Friday the 13th Part 3).

Too few scares and a couple slashing death sequences battle for control, but ultimately Sweet Sixteen is firmly planted in the average category.

Most of the good carnage occurs in the overwrought (and darkly lit) ending.

Capped by the original song Melissa's Theme.

Slasher aficionados, more than others, might find something satisfying here.

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