Class of 1984

Director: Mark L. Lester
USA / 1982 / 98 min

Available through Dec 7

Lester’s Toronto-shot paragon of punksploitation begins with music teacher Perry King’s arrival at Lincoln High, an inner-city school where staff and students have grown accustomed to being menaced by the roving packs of maniacal punkers led by piano prodigy Timothy Van Patten. Not precisely a pro-punk movie, given that it escalates into a revenge-driven bloodbath of law-and-order vigilantism against the gangs, but it does include Canuck punkers Teenage Head appearing live on-stage, and not-so-secretly relishes in every act of transgression leading up to its Grand Guignol grand finale.

Courtesy of Titan Global and the American Genre Film Archive.

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