Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Art of the Poster - Jonathan Kaplan's 'Over the Edge' (1979)

"Watch out for the Children!" ... indeed!!

In December 1979, the cult film 'Over the Edge' received a limited theatrical release.

Matt Dillon's very first movie followed a group of teenagers living in a planned community called New Granada. With nothing to do in this suburb, the kids turned to substance abuse and petty crime as a way to kill their boredom, but their actions fell on deaf ears, as their parents were too concerned with pursuing wealth to actually understand the reasons why their kids were acting up. Eventually, the kids violently rebelled against their parents and the authorities in an uprising that resulted in fiery mayhem at the junior high school.

The film was inspired by actual events that took place in Foster City, California in the early 1970s.

The film was also the inspiration for the seminal music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

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