Matt, a teenage boy, moves with his parents (his mom and stepfather) from the big city to a small isolated Canadian town. Their plan is to buy the local grocery store which used to be owned by relatives that died in a suspicious car wreck. When they arrive, the small town seems like an idyllic and quiet place to live, with it’s beautiful nature and mountains of early fall. But after a breath or two, Matt gets a rather unpleasant welcome by one of the locals; a boy his own age on a motorbike. A Cullen boy. The town is run by the Cullen’s; An unpleasant and rather insane hillbilly family that lives in a shack in the forest. They have been bullying the town’s folk and even the police (a cowardly sheriff) for years. The whole town is afraid of them and they are met with violence if they stand up to them. Unaware of the power the Cullens hold, Matt and his family become enemies with the vicious hillbillies.
The stepfather stands up to them after one of the Cullen boys fondles his wife and demands free groceries in his store. Matt doesn’t make any friends either, except and old Indian, Will Crow (Dehl Berti). I love the scene where Will is telling Matt that evil may be spilled while dark clouds brushes over the full moon. All hell breaks loose when Matt falls in love with a teenage girl called Becky, and unfortunately her last name is Cullen. Now, with or without help, Matt must fight the Cullens to defend his family and free Becky from her violent pa and brothers. Becky is played by Olivia d’Abo, my biggest celebrity crush. I knew about this movie for about ten years before I saw it (it’s rare and hard to find) and wanted to see it so
bad, it almost became like an obsession. Now I’v seen it twice and I wasn’t let down by it at all, I loved it. To put it short; Bullies is an entertaining, violent 80’s action/thriller with a cool soundtrack. And the Cullens are priceless; Stereotypical 80’s redneck bullies you love to hate.
Release year: 1986
Director: Paul Lynch
Starring: Jonathan Crombie, Janet-Laine Green, Stephen Hunter, Olivia d’Abo
Style and coolness
Badass action scenes
– Heroes aren’t born. They’re cornered.
– They had to be stopped because they stopped at nothing.