Sunday, August 9, 2015

Phil's Cult Classics: MY TUTOR (1983) Blu-Ray from Scorpion Releasing-August 9, 2015

MY TUTOR Blu-Ray Cover (2014)
MY TUTOR
Starring: Matt Lattanzi, Caren Kaye, Kevin McCarthy, Clark Brandon, Maria Melendez, Crispin Glover, Bruce Bauer, Amber Denyse Austin
Written by Joe Roberts
Cinematography by Mac Ahlberg
Produced by Michael D. Castle and Marilyn Jacobs Tenser
Directed by George Bowers
Originally distributed by Crown International Pictures
Released by Scorpion Releasing

There's something about those old exploitation films from the 1980's that I just love. Believe it or not, there's a certain type of innocence to them. They weren't meant to be angry or offensive really. They were, in a lot of instances, just fun to watch. They weren't made to be taken seriously, but at the same time a lot of hard work were put into these films so they would make money at the boxoffice. These films were still being shown at Grindhouses across America and people went to see these low budget movies. But like I said, some of these films had a sense of innocence and were just fun to watch. Case in point, the newly released blu-ray of MY TUTOR from Scorpion Releasing.

The film's official synopsis: High school senior Bobby Chrystal (Matt Lattanzi) fails his French class, which will block him from entering Yale. His rich, authoritarian father (Kevin McCarthy) hires an attractive 29-year-old Terry Green (Caren Kaye) to tutor Bobby over the summer and help him pass a make-up exam. While Bobby's friends lead him away into strange excursions aimed at losing their virginities, Bobby finds all the extracurricular activities he needs with his new tutor.

Now the topic of teachers having sex with their students these days is an intolerable act that will send someone to jail, most likely the teacher. But hey, this was the 80's so if you were banging your super hot teacher that was totally awesome! See things were a lot looser in the 80's. If they made a T-Shirt saying, "I survived the 80's" I would so buy that.

Original Theatrical Poster (1983)
The film stared Matt Lattanzi as our horny teenager Bobby. Lattanzi went on to appear in other films such as GREASE 2, THAT'S LIFE and ROXANNE. Caren Kaye, who portrayed the ultra hot tutor Terry, had a very long acting career, which landed her to appear in films like SOME KIND OF HERO, TEEN WITCH, SATAN'S PRINCESS and PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS. She also appeared in numerous television shows like The Love Boat, The Betty White Show, Simon and Simon, Murder, She Wrote, Mr. Belvedere, and 21 Jump Street. And of course I can't forget about legendary actor Kevin McCarthy, who played Bobby's dad in the film. The man has starred in over 100 films during his lifetime! His most famous role is that of Dr. Miles J. Bennell from the 1956 sci-fi cult hit INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. McCarthy appeared in other films like DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE HOWLING, INNERSPACE, UHF, LOVING ANNABELLE (which I saw at Cinequest 18 back in 2008), and LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION. His last film he appeared in was THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X, which I saw back at Cinequest 13 in 2013. Unfortunately this was to be the last movie ever for Kevin McCarthy, as he died from pneumonia on September 11, 2010 at the young age of 93.

The film's director George Bowers only made a couple of other films like THE HEARSE and BODY AND SOUL but he's mostly known as an editor. His list of editing credits include exploitation classics THE POM POM GIRLS, VAN NUYS BLVD, GALAXINA, and THE BEACH GIRLS (all are from Crown International Pictures) and Hollywood blockbusters such as SHOOT TO KILL, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, FROM HELL, and WALKING TALL. Bowers passed away on August 18, 2012 in Los Angeles.

The film was originally released to theaters by Crown International Pictures on April 22, 1983. With this new blu-ray release by Scorpion Releasing, the film looks way better than the old VHS and awful DVD transfers. The disc also features trailers and you can have the option of watching an intro with the lovely and very delicious Katarina Leigh Waters.

MY TUTOR is an excellent time capsule of those wonderful by-gone days of the 1980's when sex-filled teen slapstick comedies were all the rage. The looks, the sounds, the clothes, the music, the film has everything you would want and more! And now you can relive those glorious days in Hi-Def Blu-Ray! Five out of five stars!! Highly recommended!!


MY TUTOR is currently available on Blu-Ray at your local retailer. You can also purchase a copy at the Amazon website at www.amazon.com. You can also see upcoming releases from Scorpion Releasing by visiting their website at scorpionreleasing.com. Also make sure to visit Katarina Leigh Waters as well at www.katarinasinfamy.com.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the show!

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