Written by: Jimmy the Gent on October 17th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976, 1977
Director: Carter Stevens
Cast: Brooke and Taylor Young, Terri Hall, Eric Edwards, R. Bolla
DVD released: September 28th, 2010
Approximate running times: 68 Minutes (Teenage Twins), 86 Minutes (Rollerbabies), 80 Minutes (Punk Rock)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: After Hours Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.99
Synopsis: A complete copy of the dreaded Necronomicon is located; this causes quite a stir in the lower extremities of everyone involved. And there are twins.
One of those movies that was thrown together within weeks because Carter Stevens found himself a pair of twin girls: Brooke and Taylor Young. He had just finished photography on Rollerbabies, but immediately began work on Teenage Twins. The girls were so inexperienced, Mary Stewart (Rollerbabies) came in to teach them fellatio on a dildo. Mary Stewart is probably best known as the ‘stewardess with a cigar’ in The Opening Of Misty Beethoven.
This is not your normal micro budget porno – it is instead a micro budget porn FILM. It is quite impressive in it’s humble way throughout the run time. One unique feature: there are no “Ah’s”, “Oh’s”, or “Uhh’s” to be found. When there’s no sex there’s talk, and when there’s no talk, there’s funky library music. The cast of six includes the Young twins, and since one plays the ‘Virgin Harlot’, she performs everything but actual intercourse until the pentagram sex ritual at the end. Her twin has no such compunctions and she’s busy doing the three men in the cast: her nerd boyfriend, her mother’s lover (Eric Edwards), and her step dad. Meanwhile mom proves that she could fill in for Linda Lovelace anytime.
Rollerbabies is a wanna be sci-fi porno, but it’s really just a mess of random ideas. Terry Hall looks splendiferous in a ‘space age mini’, but her ice cream sex scene is certainly more humorous than erotic. Suzanne McBain is very spunky and quite adorable, but be warned that the ‘Rollerbabies’ only appear for the last five minutes of the movie. Judging from the play-by-play commentary there was supposed to be considerably more roller action, but perhaps it’s for the best. Mary Stewart is memorable in this sequence.
Punk Rock is also primarily a misnomer – it’s really a runaway teenager Mickey Spillane / Mike Hammer detective story. It features a prime adult cast with some of the best adult actors around including Wade Nichols, Richard Bolla, and Bobby Astyr. Susaye London is very good as the teenage girl and her sex scenes were obviously integral to the original concept of the film. Not mentioned anywhere is the softcore version which included more punk bands besides Elda and the Stilletos. Carter Stevens mentions how this was supposed to be Debbie Harry and the Stilletos, but she had left prior to filming. If that’s true, it was an exceptionally good career choice.
Reportedly remastered from the last surviving film elements, the three films all look very nice (even exceptional, considering). Teenage Twins looks especially fine, with Rollerbabies looking the worse for wear, especially at the beginning. The 16×9 framing seems appropriate for all the films, and Carter Steven’s 12 minute interview is quite interesting. Also, the sound is slightly out of sync on RollerBabies.
Perhaps Teenage Twins works so well because of low expectations. It is, essentially, a ‘freak’ show; and the pre-credits scene shows Mom cooking pork chops [yawn]. One novel aspect (pun intended) is the inclusion of the Neconomicon from H.P. Lovecraft’s cannon as the cause of all the hanky panky. It was hardly a household name at the time – years before the Evil Dead trilogy. For down and dirty exploitation, this is meat and potatoes with a dash of hot sauce.