Wild in the Streets (1968)
From the studio who brought you Gas-s-s (American International, whose initials make me want to cry out when I see their films.. A... IIIII..), brings you this bizarre little gem which could've been the inspiration for 'Logan's Run.' Well, probably more of the Run part...
But I digress.. Wild in the Streets tells of a strange tale about what happens when you attempt to let a rock star attempt to procure the future voters of America (because THAT'S always an INSPIRED idea, what next, electing a possum for president... oh,well..
Hal Holbrook plays a Congressman who decides the best way for procuring the youth vote for his run for the Senate, is to get the most popular rock star, Max Frost, to encourage the America's youth to vote.
Seems simple enough. So is 'reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.' Because even though the film does warn us about Frost, seems the Congressman doesn't check out this guy's background too well.
Max Frost was once known as Max Flatow, who started off as a social miscreant, with a penchant for making home-made explosives. Not to mention having Shirley Winters for a mother..
Now is it just me, but before Ms. Winters played nice with Rankin/Bass' productions as Frosty's wife, Crystal, she always played these wonderful nutjobs in these films. Just sayin'. Anyway, Frost manages to insinuate himself into the system..
And things go downhill from there...
First off, Frost convinces the government to lower the voting age down from 18 to 15, then (as if anyone didn't see this coming) announces his candidacy for President.
Before anyone realizes it, Frost gets elected and the first thing he does is put anyone over 30 into concentration camps (oops, sorry, I mean 'retirement homes') where they are forced to ingest LSD and live out their lives there... oh, and the Congressman gets hung, and not in a good way...
'Wild in the Streets' happens to be one of those films you have to see to actually believe and will make you think 'Logan's Run' was tame by comparison. But here are three good reasons why RiffTrax should do this one:
(1) Plethora of stars: Long before Sharknado 2 started doing this, this film did it, and if you like to see Shirley Winters slapping a very young Greg Brady (Barry Williams - unaccredited, but you see him in the first of the film as a young Max), this film is for you. As well as Richard Pryor.
(2) The film can't decide if it's a movie or a documentary.. Seriously, in the start of the film, the director decides on giving you an insight into Max Flatow right away, and his troubled childhood, and what made him become the famous Max Frost. Then at that moment afterwards, the film jumps us into the story.. think of it as a reverse of 'Night of the Living Dead,' you'll get the idea.
(3) It's the most absurd tale of its time. For some reason, back in Sixties and Seventies, being 30 was sort of classified as being 'over the hill.' And for some reason, Hollywood loved producing films enforcing this fact. But Wild in the Streets does take it over the top with Frost chanting '15 or Die,' as his motto to get his fans to vote and get Congress to lower the voting age. Afterwards his plans go into madness, as he reveals his distrust of adults (yes, I suppose having Shirley Winters slap you will do that to you..)
Anyway... here's the full movie, courtesy of Drive-In at Youtube.com:
And I hope you guys at RiffTrax consider this flick, because though it's not a gas, it will blow your mind... or make you lose your mind.. I forget which..
Based on the trailer alone? And 2020 being a particularly important election year? This one would be pretty timely a Riff.
Good on ya! I love the detailed explanations best! It helps me decide better, thanx!