Scream for Help

Scream for Help ★★★½

"Sex is just plain horrible!"

Teen detective story meets sexual awakening meets seedy sex thriller, all with the puritanical morals of a slasher, this is a bafflingly misguided and incredibly entertaining piece of exploitation trash. Full of scenes of our notably virgin teen protagonist voyeuristically watching people have sex while sleuthing around like a pre-pubescent detective. Director Michael Winner refuses to settle on a tone other than punishingly nasty. There's a scene in which the protagonist's best friend announces that she's going to get an abortion and, seconds later, is brutally killed by a car.

Feels like the grossest, most abhorrent possible version of a Nickelodeon kids movie, and is wildly entertaining because of that.

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