Tag: Sandy Howard

Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

October 30, 2017 | By

A quartet of films with differing tales of prostitutes & vice squads: Janice Cole & Holly Dale’s Hookers on Davie (1984), Gary Sherman’s uber-nasty Vice Squad (1982), Penelope Spheeris’s Hollywood Vice Squad (1986), and George Kaczender’s Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987).

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DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

October 30, 2017 | By

Gary Sherman’s gritty take on Los Angeles’ vice squad and the rotten lives of prostitutes divided critics but proved successful at the box office, and although it’s easy to brand the film as sadistic exploitive drive-in fodder, it’s also one of his best films, benefiting from a solid cast of then relative unknowns, and gorgeous cinematography by the great John Alcott…

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DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

October 30, 2017 | By

After the success of Vice Squad (1983), executive produce / prolific schlockmeister Sandy Howard figured a lighter redo of Gary Sherman’s nasty, grungy drama was worth a try, maybe fashioning a new script that could be spun off into a theatrical franchise or TV series…

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