In the late ‘60s, former bit player and juvenile actor Tom Laughlin created a new kind of antihero and launched three low-budget films featuring Billy Jack, an enigmatic Anglo-Native American, ex-Green Beret/biker loner who used considerable martial arts skills to pound his pacifistic principles into the skulls of his adversaries. Laughlin made his screen debut in 1956, playing small parts first in These Wilder Years and then in Tea and Sympathy. The first leg of Laughlin’s career lasted through the early ‘60s, when he left Hollywood to run a Montessori preschool. He returned to movies in 1965, this time as a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, and an actor. Working on a low-budget independently of major studios and utilizing several pseudonyms on the credits — including T.C. Frank, Donald Henderson, Lloyd E. James, and Frank Laughlin — he made The Young Sinner (1965).
His alter ego, Billy Jack, made his debut in the exploitation biker pic Born Losers. In 1971, Laughlin released… read more
Far inferior quasi-sequel to the 1969 B-movie gem 'The Babysitter' has a slightly larger budget, but has none of the style, energy, or depth of the first film. Instead, its a bland, lifeless melodrama that mostly seems like an excuse for writer/producer/star George E. Carey to do love scenes with a girl half his age. Dull and instantly forgettable.