SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.
Directed by Hikmet Avedis, sleazy drive-in fodder filmed entirely on location in sleazy seventies Seattle. Connie Stevens stars as a horny undercover DEA agent named Jackie Parker. She is after some heroin smugglers whose headquarters are in the back room of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (!). Jackie lives in Madison Park and swims naked with the ducks in Union Bay. While Scorchy is a mediocre flick, it is still a must-see due to the extensive use of the Seattle landscape. The movie's highlights are a couple of extensive action scenes. The first begins with some French Connection inspired shenanigans involving a dune buggy and the monorail that evolves into a Bullitt type chase featuring the dune buggy and a regular car. Lots of landmarks are seen in the background ranging from Jay Jacobs to The Pike Place Market to The Kingdome and it culminates in a shoot-out on the roof of The Edgewater Hotel. The film's climax centers on a helicopter pursuing a speedboat from Mercer Island across Lake Washington through The Montlake Cut to Gas Works Park. Scorchy is a hard movie to find but your friends at Scarecrow Video have it on vintage VHS.
-Spenser Hoyt, Scarecrow Video Employee