Severin Films' release of Screwballs was one of the DVD events of 2009; a proud restoration of a lost classic to its rightful place just beneath Porky's in the pantheon of 80s teen sex comedies. But just when viewer's temperatures had finally dropped back within a medically acceptable range, Severin Films has plunged into the Roger Corman vaults once more for Screwballs' ante-upping, button-busting follow-up. Loose Screws: Screwballs II will be available on DVD and Blu-ray at discriminating retailers nationwide July 27.
In the grand, gross and gleeful tradition of Screwballs, Loose Screws: Screwballs II is the archetypal 80s pubescent romp. Director Rafal Zielinski serves a heady mélange of laughs and licentiousness as we follow the horny high jinks of four young men banished to Cockswell Academy, a summer school created for teenagerdom's worst repeat offenders. To pass the time, the boys begin to play a game where points are scored by scoring with Cockswell's smorgasbord of comely teenage vixens. The ultimate prize - Ms. Mona Lott, Cockswell's pneumatic new French instructor. The only force standing in their way is the diabolical Principal Arsenault, who has designs of his own upon the preternaturally enervating Ms. Lott.
Severin CEO Carl Daft is particularly proud of Severin's restoration of Loose Screws: Screwballs II, calling it "the best looking film we've ever released. Every frame of this uproarious film -- along with its cornucopia of feminine unmentionables -- has been restored in all its lusty, lustrous, lascivious glory thanks to Severin's unearthing of a long-thought-lost 35mm negative from deep within an abandoned vault beneath Interstate 5."
Severin has angered its DVD author once again by pushing the Loose Screws: Screwballs II disc to new heights of storage capacity with an overabundance of extras. A rip-roaring commentary with director/80s teen sex maestro Rafal Zielinski is perfectly complemented by interviews with producer Ken Gord and legendary Canuxploitationer Maurice Smith. And as a digestive for the legions of SCREWS completists, Severin is also including the ultra-rare international version of Loose Screws: Screwballs II in its entirety. The international cut -- containing 10 minutes of extra footage -- was sourced from the last known VHS European copy of Loose Screws: Screwballs II in existence. It is presented in authentic VHS-Vision!
All in all, Loose Screws: Screwballs II stands as a pitch perfect time capsule of its halcyon age. As opposed to Screwballs (a period piece), Loose Screws: Screwballs II captures the crimped looks and incandescent sounds of 1985 with unabashed gusto. Soon-to-be household name Demi Moore even gets into the act, co-writing one of Loose Screws: Screwballs II's more unforgettable songs, the finger-snapping "Changing" (co-written with first husband Freddy Moore of the Nu Kats.)
"If my comprehensive knowledge of film history tells me one thing, it's that it is beyond Sisyphean to duplicate a runaway success" says Severin CEO Carl Daft. "Too many sequels to count have been found mowed down on celluloid's Omaha Beach, never to be heard from again. That's why we at Severin count ourselves extraordinarily fortunate to possess the rights to one of cinema's few sequels that actually outdo its forbear. It's undeniable; Loose Screws: Screwballs II delivers the goods, runs back to the store, refills all available cubic space, drives to your home once more, and surprises you with a glorious dessert."