American Genre Film Archive

The Violent Years

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) represents the world's largest theatrical catalog of exploitation cinema. Their home video line presents a diverse selection of movies, ranging from new preservations of classics from the vast library of Something Weird to the wildest in shot-on-video (SOV) titles. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

“I shot a cop—SO WHAT!” So say the girl gang thrill-killers of THE VIOLENT YEARS! Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA), this is the delirious story of Paula Parkins—a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder. From Wood’s patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a “man attack,” THE VIOLENT YEARS is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. Remember: “This is a story of violence!”

directed by: William Morgan
starring: Various
1956 / 65 min / 1.85:1 / English DTS-HD MA 1.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey
  • Unseen footage from Ed Wood’s HELLBORN
  • THE VIOLENT YEARS original trailer
  • Gutter-noir trailers from the Something Weird vault
  • Bonus movie: ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO (1961, 74 mins), preserved from a 35mm theatrical print
  • Booklet with vintage ephemera
  • English SDH subtitles