Punk Vacation

Production Year: 1987
Release Date:  07/07/2013
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Collection Number: 1119

Punk Vacation is one of those strange flicks that will leave you scratching your head tirelessly wondering about it's production.  It doesn't quite have a cult following, though it certainly has all the makings of a midnight movie.  A group of outcast punkers move into a quaint part of California country and disrupt everything.  Their wild night leaves the elderly owner of a convenience store dead, one daughter traumatised, and the eldest out for bloody revenge.  Local law enforcement insist on handling things but Lisa (Sandra Bogan) decides to go after the ratty group.


Lisa manages to do the unthinkable in getting herself held captive by the clique and only her beau, a local deputy (Stephen Fiachi) can save the day.  Eventually the Sheriff gets involved and the final act is an all out bumpkins versus punks scenario.  The leader of the punks (Ramrod; Roxanne Rogers) really has it out for law enforcement.  She's a butch-badass who has no qualms in getting violent with her own pack.  When one of the group gets nabbed by the local PD she'll stop at nothing to set them free.


Punk Vacation is a weirdly entertaining romp with outlandish costumes and campy acting.  Some of the characters suffer from various cliches and are consistent in their bad decision making.  In one extreme instance Fiachi's character attempts to use a cucumber as a silencer.  When the young deputy made the point of grabbing two of the gourds I really wasn't sure why, I certainly...Never in a million years would have assumed it was in an attempt to help the duo in their sealth tracking of the punk gang.


Vinegar Syndrome's effort is solid giving viewers a decent transfer.  Some of the night scenes are a little too dark for one's liking, however the quality of the transfer really shines (ahem) during the daytime scenes.  It does suffer from a bit of damage here and there but I think it's safe to say this is the best this film has ever and will ever look.


The audio is little worse off, signs of age (or possibly budget) are more obvious and consistent.  Occasionally the dialogue is drown out due to the score.  Other than those few issues the 2.0 mono track gets the job done.

The supplements of this set are all featured on the DVD.  First up is another feature titled "Nomad Riders," a little biker film created by a few of the people behind Punk Vacation.  Also on the disc are two interview featurettes, one with Stephen Fusci (Producer) the other with Steven Rowland (Stunt man.)


While it's not my favorite of Vinegar Syndrome's releases, it's also not the worst.  Sporting a decent transfer and a handful of extras Punk Vacation is a worthy purchase for fans of low budget trash.  It's one part vigilante, two parts punk, with a big side of camp.

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  1. Ya know, I've never seen this one before. But based on your write-up, I'm going to check it out, even if it isn't the best film. I'm one of those guys where I have to see things for myself haha. I'm sure as a film reviewer you're the same way.

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