We’re back with a brand spanking new episode of the Cult Film Club this week, where we collectively crap our pants over the awesomness that is Walter Hill’s “rock & roll fable” from 1984, STREETS OF FIRE!
Though a commercial and critical failure, this high-concept action/drama is a stylystic wonder that blends together different decades, musical styles and packs more leather and neon into 90 minutes than any 80s movie or music video we’ve ever seen. Plus: Motorcycles! Gang violance! Bitch slapping! Rock opera! 1950s slang! Weird fashion! Pickaxe fights! If you’re not thinking to yourself right now, “HOLY SHIT THAT SOUNDS AWESOME!” you may need to re-evaluate your life.
Starring a cast of campy characters that includes Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, and other Cult Film Club favorites like Bill Paxton and E.G. Daily, STREETS OF FIRE is hard to describe but easy to love–if not for the sheer ridiculousness of it all, then for the bitchin’ soundtrack.
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