Directed by: Arthur Marks
Actors: Marki Bey, Pat Woodell, Roberta Collins
Description: Heather, Beth, Carla, Brea, and Heather’s cousin Paula are five lovely young ladies who decide to spend their summer vacation at Lake Arrowhead. While at Lake Arrowhead the women hit the party circuit and get involved with various men in the area. However, things go awry when the gals find themselves the targets of a mysterious murderer.
It’s a shame that Arthur Marks’ THE ROOMMATES is for the most part verrrrry hard to come by because it’s one of his best! It’s a hell of a lot better than CENTERFOLD GIRLS, that’s for sure, and while it’s no BONNIE’S KIDS, it is a unique blend of beautiful girls and 70s drive-in elements. While the four leading ladies only share one or two scenes together, this is typical of the four-independent-and-beautiful-twentysomethings subgenre of the drive-in. New World’s NURSES and TEACHERS films, as well as THE STEWARDESSES and Al Adamson’s rip-offs, featured beautiful girls who were friends, but their individual stories were followed more closely. The social politics of the time (the sexual revolution, women’s lib) also play heavily in character development, as in the aforementioned films.