A Scream In The Streets - A Scream In The Streets( Blu Ray) [Severin - 2021]
A Scream In The Streets stands as one of more sleaze ‘n’ flesh bound cop films of the 1970s. It features the expected cop banter, a slow-mo shoot-up, and a ropy car chase. But we also have a cross-dressing rapist/ killer, a comb-over S &M freak, a peeping tom, and more than a few lengthy soft-core encounters, which often just miss dropping into hardcore. Here from Severin is a Blu Ray featuring a 2k scan, and a few extras.
Appearing in 1973 A Scream In The Streets ( aka Girls In Street) and was co-directed by Carl Monson and Dwayne Avery( surely not his real name?). LA-born Monson was behind the likes of tacky inheritance horror Will To Die/ aka Bloody Legacy(1971), carnivorous-plant sex comedy Please Don’t Eat My Mother(1973), and classic so-bad-it’s-great action movie Savage Harbour( 1987). And Avery comes more from a sexploitation background- directing the likes of Weekend Lovers(1969), Booby Trap( what a title!), and The Exotic Dreams of Casanova (1971). With the film been produced by grindhouse legend Harry Novak. A Scream In The Streets is a very Schizophrenic film- sudden shifting into lengthy flesh encounters- so I’m guessing Monson filmed the cop stuff, while Avery the sexploitation side of things.Roger Batty
The film kicks straight into sleaziness- as we find a badly cross-dressed man chasing a woman through a park, he knocks her down, and starts ripping clothing, then paws her bra and puts a hand down her nylons. Next, we meet our key cop characters- Officer Ed Haskell(Joshua Bryant)- an old school-by- the book cop, and his new partner Officer Bob Streeker(Frank Bannon)- a moustachioed and pushing against the grain cop. The pair go on regular call outs- robberies, carjacking’s, etc- but there also keep their eyes peeled for a cross-dresser, who is raping, then killing women in the local park. The film swings between this cop action, which is often edgy with a fairly bit of swearing and sleazy talk. And of course, the flesh-bound action- this moves between light spankings and sex, that develop into nasty belt whippings. Onto cheesy and groovy male and female interaction, and women on women action that includes ringing the cops while deep in muff. The sex scenes are often fairly lengthy, and at moments really do push towards hardcore.
Leads Bryant and Bannon are ok in their roles, been passable b-movie actors. The surrounding cast goes from just ok, to very wooden- but hell this is exploitation. The whole thing is soundtracked by a blend of crude ’n’ dirty guitar bound funk and cheesy/bad easy listening. On the whole, A Scream In The Streets is a sleazy ‘n’ grimy romp of a film- featuring some moments that still remain fairly shocking and surprising today. Goodness knows what those going to see this back in the day as a straight cop movie thought, because it’s total a cop caper/ sexploitation cross- with most of the focus going on flesh ‘n’ sleaze.
Moving on to this region free Blu Ray, and the 2K looks good enough- with the fleshy elements picking up really well, and the 70’s colouring coming out nicely. On the extra side of things we get two sexy shorts from Harry Novak- both are entitled The Peeper- the first runs at just over the ten-minute mark and finds a man peering at a couple getting it on in a bedroom. The second finds another man watching a female threesome getting it on in a front room- both are largely softcore, though at places do nudge towards the hard side of things. Lastly, we get three different trailers for A Scream In The Streets.
In conclusion, I found A Scream In The Streets a rewardingly crude ‘n’ campy blend of cop and sexploitation genres- with nice jarring shifts in tone, and some effective shots of sleaze 'n' nastiness. If you’re a fan of WTH 70’s exploitation this is a must-buy item!.