In the early 70’s, driven by the lure of open space, the suburbs of California spread ever outwards. New “phases” were built in a staggered cadence that often abutted completed and occupied new houses against the skeletons of homes still in progress. These homes became the playgrounds — my playground — of bored and nihilistic kids who saw no charms in the nascent communities their parents had chosen to move to.
Take that narrative, throw in a soundtrack filled with songs by Cheap Trick, Van Halen, The Cars, and The Ramones, and you have a pretty damn good film called Over the Edge. It also happens to be the first film that future star Matt Dillion, and future star-then-failure Vincent Spano appeared in.
Check out the trailer with it’s disturbingly Stepford Wives-type voice over.
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