Just for the Hell of It (1968)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Juvenile Delinquency Film  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Just for the Hell of It bears all of the hallmarks of a Herschell Gordon Lewis production, including clumsy pacing, sluggish actors, and a budget that would be low for a home movie. There's still plenty of outlandish action in this ridiculous juvenile delinquent story, even if the cast appears unsuitably wholesome for their roles. The hoodlums beat a blind man with his own cane, put a baby in a garbage can and destroy its pram, wreck entire roomfuls of furniture, and gang rape a quartet of schoolgirls. The obnoxiousness of this mindless violence offers the only real entertainment value of the film, regaling the audience with constant scenes of vandalism and mayhem that range from sickening to silly (like when four boys use axes to destroy a bicycle). There's also an early scene in a nightclub that features the director's son playing lead guitar in a wild, fuzzed-out garage band, one of the few great rock & roll groups to appear in one of Lewis' teen-oriented productions. Shot back to back with the biker saga She-Devils on Wheels, and sharing much of the same cast, Just for the Hell of It has more to offer fans of Lewis' well-known gore films than his other genre deviations, though it's unlikely that many other viewers would be amused.