Teen Lust: The Girl Next Door (1979)


THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is the title given to the director’s cut of writer/director/producer James Hong’s TEEN LUST.  Carol, Neely, Hotrod, Perry, and Didi have recently graduated and are deciding what to do with their lives.  Carol’s slutty lush of a mother wants her to marry Dustin, the million dollar trust fund man-child living next door.  He spends most of his time playing with toy airplanes when he isn’t pissing in public or slobbering all over the place.  Her father is drinks from time to time and is fairly lecherous as he always asks Carol to “give daddy a kiss.”

Carol (Kirsten Baker from THE GAS PUMP GIRLS and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2) and Neely (Lesley Cederquist) join the metropolitan police department’s Explorers program and are assigned to patrol officers who mentor them.  Officers Drury (Robert Gribbin) and Turner (Michael Heit-A.D. on ALICE GOODBODY) certainly intend to teach them a thing or two over summer.  Officer Turner wastes no time in in taking Neely into an abandoned training house and showing her his undercover routine frustrating Drury to no end as he tries to break in so he can teach Carol how he lays down the law.  Afterwards Carol is assigned to vice where she dresses as a prostitute in sting operations.  All along the way she tries to cope with her two timing boyfriend Terry (Perry Lang).

During her stint with the Explorers Carol’s flighty bitch of a mother tells her that her daddy isn’t her father and he’s impotent.  When she asks who her father is she claims to not know because Carol is adopted.  This sends the poor girl into an existential crisis which sends her to the altar even though she finds herself questioning not only who she is but her sexuality as well.  Things spin more and more out of control and culminate in the madcap backyard wedding.  

There are some crazy sequences in THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.  Carol has an ad hoc intervention with her mother that is as funny as it is unsettling.  A conversation with the priest goes horribly awry as he tries to counsel her and shares something with her though she does not comprehend what he is saying at all.  The interactions with her father are seriously disturbing as there are incestuous undertones through out.  Once Carol thinks she is adopted it still seems creepy but ends up being really foul.  James Hong handles the film deftly producing a well constructed somewhat dark sex comedy having his actors play it straight and throwing in some sight gags for good measure.

The Code Red DVD is entitled TEEN LUST: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.  The film is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with English mono sound.  Included on the disc is the longer theatrical cut TEEN LUST, an audio commentary by James Hong, and the trailers for TEEN LUST and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.  The TEEN LUST is recut with more sequences though some dialogue is cut making the story flow less smoothly.  THE GIRL NEXT DOOR cut is much better and the transfer is from a better source.  Surprisingly there are no Code Red trailers included.  You can order TEEN LUST: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR directly from Code Red’s Big Cartel site.

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