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Scarecrow on Seattle: CLASS OF 1999

For the past few years, Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.





Class of 1999 (1990)
The sequel to the punk classic Class of 1984 is the semi-fictionalized account of a gang infested Seattle school and the drastic measures the principal is forced to employ in order to control the student body. Borrowing elements from Escape From New York and The Terminator movies, Class of 1999 is a fun yet derivative B-movie chocked full of run down Seattle footage. In the far off future of 1999 many US cities have designated urban areas as "free fire zones" where gangs and hoodlums can do their thing. In the heart of Seattle's free fire zone is Kennedy High School whose latest attempt to curb the violence is hiring some military androids as the school's teaching staff. They are tough and homicidal and, eventually, rival gangs team up to fight off the robot teachers. In the film Kennedy High is portrayed by Wallingford's own Lincoln High School, which was vacant at the time. I'm surprised at how much Seattle footage appears in the movie, as the picture does not present a particularly positive view of the area or school district. While most of the action takes place at Kennedy High, there's some footage shot in a car on I-5 that provides a panoramic view of the city from the interstate. Also, a fancy dinner takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel, a building blows up on Harbor Island and there's a whole condemned neighborhood--that I'm guessing is maybe in White Center or South Park--that serves as the location of the free fire zone's primary residential area. Probably the best nostalgic highlight is a chase up Western Avenue, past many familiar landmarks, to Lenora Street where the car full of androids jumps off the long-gone "overpass to nowhere" right into Elliott Bay. The waterproof robots emerge across the bay, on the beach in West Seattle. Who needs the Water Taxi?
- Spenser Hoyt




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