Rebel Highway

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Rebel Highway was a short-lived revival of American International Pictures created and produced by Lou Arkoff, the son of Samuel Z. Arkoff and Debra Hill for the Showtime channel in 1994. The concept was 10-week series of 1950s "drive-in classic" B-movies remade "with a '90s edge".[1] The impetus for the series, according to Arkoff was, "what it would be like if you made Rebel Without a Cause today. It would be more lurid, sexier, and much more dangerous, and you definitely would have had Natalie Wood's top off".[2] Originally, Arkoff wanted to call the series, Raging Hormones but Showtime decided on Rebel Highway instead.[3] Arkoff and Hill invited several directors to pick a title from one of Samuel Arkoff's movies, hire their own writers and create a story that could resemble the original if they wanted.[3] In addition, they had the right to a final cut and select their own director of photography and the editor.[4] Each director was given a $1.3 million budget and 12 days to shoot it with a cast of young, up and coming actors and actresses. According to Arkoff, the appeal to directors was that, "They weren't hampered by big studios saying, 'You can't do this or that.' And all the directors paid very close attention to the detail of the era. We want these shows to be fun for the younger generation and fun for the older generation".[3]

The series premiered with Robert Rodriguez's Roadracers on July 22, 1994.

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Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack featured contemporary artists covering classic songs from the 1950s.

Reaction[edit]

In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Ken Tucker wrote, "It is the whimsical notion behind the Rebel Highway series to take a group of mostly grade-D exploitation films from the '50s and remake them, with good actors and directors, in the '90s".[5] In his review for the Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that the series, "is at best a collection of offbeat so-called B-films, though given the state of American movies at the moment this is a much more sizable achievement than it might at first appear–especially considering that the whole system that once supported B-films no longer exists".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corliss, Richard (August 15, 1994). "I Was a Teenage Teenager". Time. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ Fretts, Bruce (July 29, 1994). "Return of the Killer B's". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Brennan, Patricia (July 17, 1994). "Fast Cars, Fast Girls and Raging Hormones". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b Rosenbaum, Jonathan (November 18, 1994). "The Way We Weren’t". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (July 29, 1994). "Rebel Highway". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

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