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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2011
Following the Yippie protests of 1967, *Wild in the Streets* took Jerry Rubin's slogan "don't trust anyone over thirty" to an absurdist, dystopian extreme. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063808/
Based on a short story by Christian-redemption author Robert Thom, the plot points of this exploitation film read like a checklist of 60s political panic buttons.
Max Frost, the spoiled child of upper-middle class parents, defies his erratic mother by becoming a psychedelics chemist and mad bomber. Years after trashing the family home and dynamiting the car, Max mysteriously resurfaces as a millionaire businessman & hippie rock star. With his band of free-loving (and implicitly homosexual/pedophillic) prodigies, he successfully scams congress into lowering majority age to 14. To pull this off he spikes the Capitol's water supply with LSD. Constitutional age restrictions now a thing of the past, Max uses his charisma and Beatles-scale fame to win the presidency.
This montage of clips represents the apotheosis of President Max's political dream. At his direction the militant youth of the nation take revenge on the elderly generation that once oppressed them. Max's own mother is hauled away as he looks on. Political allies and foes alike are swept up in the mass arrests and turned into grinning, tripped-out zombies.
Hawaiians, who dared defy the groovy dictator, suffer the worst fate of all...