Sweet Sixteen (1983)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jim Sotos.

Plot Summary

Teenager Melissa moves to a small town in the run-up to her sixteenth birthday, a town ridden with racism and prejudice and soon her new schoolmates are being killed one-by-one by an unknown psychopath.


Directed by: Jim Sotos
Copyright MCMLXXXII [1982] Sweet Sixteen Productions, Productions Two, Hollywood, California
Executive Producers: Martin and June Perfit
Producers: Jim Sotos
Associate Producer: Sandy Charles
Written by: Erwin Goldman
Director of Photography: James L. Carter
Edited by: Drake Silliman
Music by: Tommy Vig
Sound: Tim Cooney
Costume: Jill Ohanneson
Makeup: Jim Gillespie
Hairdresser: Susan Kalinowski

Bo Hopkins ([Sheriff] Dan Burke)
Susan Strasberg (Joanne Morgan)
Don Stroud (Billy T.)
Dana Kimmell (Marci Burke)
Don Shanks (Jason [Longshadow])
Aleisa Shirley (Melissa Morgan)
Steve Antin (Hank Burke)
Logan Clarke (Jimmy)
Michael Pataki (George Martin)
Patrick Macnee (Dr [John] Morgan)
Larry Storch (Earl)
Henry Wilcoxon (Greyfeather)
Sharon Farrell (Kathy [Hopkins])
Glenn Withrow (Johnny [Franklin])
Michael J. Cutt (Frank)
Tony Perfit (Tommy Jackson)
Sandy Charles (lab technician)

Alternative Titles

Meisjes van zestien – Belgium (Flemish video)
Piken med dødskysset – Norway
Sweet Sixteen – Blutiges Inferno – West Germany
Tappava himo – Finland
Сладкие 16 – Russia

Extracts included in
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013)
Sweet 16: Interview with Bo Hopkins, Aleisa Shirley and Jim Sotos (2008)



  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.280 no.41 (23 February 1984) p.8 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.281 no.3 (12 March 1984) p.24 – letter
  • Variety 28 September 1983 p.18 – credits, review


  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.563
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.265-266 – credits
  • The Pocket Essential Slasher Movies by Mark Whitehead p.88

Other sources

  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly List November 1982 – credits