Reviewed bydgordon-1Vote: 9/10/10
It's no wonder that the Drive-ins were drug, booze and party havens in the'70s with this type of fare being shown! Even with all of it's flaws, thereis something I really like about this movie. The plot alone was what mademe want to watch this hooter flick in the first place. High School flunky,turned Hooker, turned Hitgirl! When Kim gets bad grades, she seduces herTeachers and it escalates from there to becoming a full blown hooker. Noton the street mind you, but in the back of a van! What more of a classicDrive-in masterpiece could this be? The acting is awful and stiff. Speaking of stiff, the sex scenes are almost, if not worse than the acting! The camera work looks more like a home movie than a theatrical presentation. The fashions in this movie look more like mid '70s than 1979 fashion. Whatreally cracks me up is when Kim (Jill Lansing) decides to become a hookerand shows up to school in a halter top and mini skirt! Where did she getthat mini skirt from? It looks like it was made of cardboard! Didn't anyonetell Kim that mini skirts were out of fashion by 1974? The other thing thatmakes me laugh about this movie is the music. It sounds like what you usedto hear at the supermarket. That canned piped in music called "Muzak". It'snot offensive, it just doesn't really suit the movie. At the same timethough, it is what gives this movie it's charm. There are a couple of musicselections I had heard before. One was the music that plays after Kim tellsher Mom off. This music was used for the station identification on thecomedy show SCTV, which ran in the early '80s here in Canada. The nextselection was during the chase scene at the end. The music being used isthe same music for the syndicated TV show "The People's Court" opening! Theone thing that stands out in this movie is the 1971 Mustang convertible. It's the real star of the show! It is nice to see this version of Mustangcaught on film forever without rust and holes all over it, which these carswere known for. If you like movies like "The Van", "The Pom Pom Girls", and"H.O.T.S.", you may find this movie disappointing. But if you are like meand can appreciate trash flicks like "The Lonely Lady" and "The Seduction",then you will enjoy this made-for-drive-in classic!
Reviewed byvampi1960Vote: 8/10/10
Malibu high is a trashy but interesting b-movie,with no big name stars.a calculating high school student(Jill Lansing)turns prostitute to getbetter grades,and afterwords for money.she turns out to be a sociopathand gets worse.i first seen this on the late late show on televisionwhere it was cut up,and later seen the uncut video.its a disturbingmovie Jill Lansing's character is pretty and sexy but ugly inside,shedoes what she has to do to get what she wants,even murder.there was aso called sequel to this called the graduates of Malibu high also knownas the young warriors in 1983.but i would call it a sequel in nameonly. a crown international release,remember them?they churned outclassic b movies like the hearse,galaxina(starring the late Dorothystratton)and blood of Dracula's castle(AL Adamson's classic)check outthe disco dancing scene that will tell you its 1979.rememberdisco,customized vans,CB radios.ill give this little seen gem 8 out of10.
Reviewed byBaronBl00d (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 6/10/10
You don't go into seeing this one with any grandiose notions, and, ifyou are like me, you should be pleasantly surprised that this is one ofthose vintage "bad" movies that is just loads of fun to sit through.Kim Bentley loses her boyfriend and so she begins failing her classes,etc... when she decides to become a prostitute and then later anassassin picking up booze, weed, and coke along the way. Jill Lansingappearing in what seems to be her only screen credit gives a credibleperformance as the "hooker to hit girl" as she frequently disrobes andlets her breasts get lots of air, seduces two of her teachers forgrades, and runs a profitable business from the back of her pimp's van.We get lots of stereotypes here and the plot is pretty threadbare whenit comes to anything other than giving us lurid and "shocking"behaviours to be witnessed. The rest of the cast is better-than-averagefor a movie of this ilk, and I laughed out loud several times at thebizarre going ons and what I was suppose(perhaps not) to takeseriously. In addition to all this Kim has a few hazy flashbacks abouther father hanging himself. Malibu High is sleazy and fun - andentertaining. It has what you would expect in a picture like this butpackages it well. As some have noted the soundtrack is weird to say theleast as we get an instrumental People's Court theme used in a mostinopportune moment and that bizarre SCTV strident tone used whensomething significant is being conveyed - at least that is what thedirector is trying to convey.
When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall drastically...to avoid failing, she begins seducing her male teachers. Thus begins her downward spiral into drug addiction and prostitution, and ultimately assassinations for a kingpin mob boss.