Here are 20 of some choice chick flicks of the time to electrify your boogaloo...
She's got legs (and guns) and she knows how to use them:
Abel Ferrara's MS. 45 (1981) is technically the best of the lot, though one can't go wrong with the scuzzy charms of SUDDEN DEATH. My personal favorite is 1984's ANGEL. Donna Wilkes and a supporting bunch of character actors make early 1980's Los Angeles the most fun you'll have in hell on earth.
ANGEL (1984) Trailer: (It's her choice. Her chance. And her life.)
The Concrete Jungle:
My grandmother was a big fan of the Women In Prison genre, and the 1980's had a fair share of them; Even if they weren't as crazy as some of the output of the 70's. Most of these films seemed to have an innocent character trapped behind bars with some evil bitch to contend with that somehow always had the protection of the warden (Who was always played by Mary Woronov, Barbara Steele or Sybil Danning) They're all classics...
NAKED VENGEANCE Trailer:
Mess with the best, die like the rest:
Cross any of them, and you'll lose it all. THE LADIES CLUB (1986) takes it quite literally. Check it out if you can.
The Linda Blair Wing:
My Roller Boogie queen Linda Blair kept pretty busy in the 80's and this is just a small portion of her output from that period of time. She was seemingly always behind bars getting messed with (see also The 1974 classic BORN INNOCENT) or being driven to some sort of personal vengeance. SAVAGE STREETS (1984) sets the benchmark pretty high for chicks getting revenge in the 80s, and so few films can compete with the last few reels of SAVAGE as Linda prepares and carries out the fight of her life.
Oh, okay. Another... CHAINED HEAT (1983)
Trailer (Don't you walk away from me you chalk-faced whore!)
And for fun, a few more zany picks:
Pistol Packin' Teens:
Random classy chicks with guns or swords:
Revenge gone mainstream:
And how could I forget, the best & most protective momma a boy can have of the 1980's, Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
What are some of your favorites from the 80's?