Who sold this broad a crossbow?
Five Lesser Known Essential Revenge Classics!
Payback is a bitch!
Danny Northside - Monday, December 27, 2010
Who doesn't love a revenge movie? How many times in life do you wish you could have extracted some serious revenge on someone that totally deserved it but couldn't? That's what revenge movies are for, you live vicariously through the actors payback. I Spit on Your Grave, Death Wish, Kill Bill, The Last House on The Left, First Blood, Lone Wolf and Cub, and even Revenge of The Nerds leave the viewer satisfied at the end of the film. I decided we needed to profile a few classic revenge flicks that may not be the most common, but surely rule.
Vigilante (1983) Robert Forster, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, and Richard Bright.
Directed by William Lustug who brought us Maniac and the Maniac Cop Series, Vigilante really kicks ass. It's one of those underrated classics that deserves much more cult status than its received. Robert Forster (Jackie Brown and Alligator) stars as Eddie Marino, a factory worker who is fed up but unwilling to do anything about it. His friends have started striking back on the hoods in the neighborhood and Williamson's opening scene is one of the hardest introductions. Forster's son gets blasted with a shotgun in front of his bleeding wife which sets him on the same road as his friends and the revenge begins. Richard Bright plays the role with the same exact look on his face that he did as Al Neri in The Godfather. I love Vigilante, and you will too.
Ms. 45 (1981) Zoe Lund, Albert Sinkys, and Darlene Stuto
Another kick ass director had the helm on this lovely story: Abel Ferrara. The name should be familiar to you but if not, he is the fella who directed Bad Lieutenant, The Driller Killer, and King of New York. Thana (Zoe Lund) is a seamstress who gets raped not once, but twice, in the same day. Did I mention she is a mute? Keeping the gun after killing the rapist from the second raping, she decides to take back New York in a revenge stricken state of mind. There is a hilarious scene with a guy outside of a bar that will make you laugh out loud. Lund's character reflects a female Charles Bronson. Not to mention, she is crazy hot. Listen, revenge rules, I love sexy girl leads, and I dig this movie. Add it to your Netflix Que, the more demand the better the chance you can rent it!
Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974) Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, and Despina Tomazani
Also known as They Call Her One Eye, this film is not quite as amusing as Ms. 45 but doesn't spare any expense on the uncomfortable-ness. Frigga or as of later - One Eye, (Christina Lindberg) was raped as a child and goes into a vocal shock. While on the way to a speech lesson she misses the bus and gets kidnapped. She is drugged and turned into a prostitute, and gets her eye cut out. Obviously everyone wants a one eyed prostitute. After that she begins to cooperate and with the little money she makes turning tricks she begins to train on her days off in martial arts and handling weapons and executes a level of revenge. The film is the most brutal of the bunch with rape scenes that give you the uncomfortable feeling that I Spit on Your Grave the more recent Gutterballs. But Lindberg is spectacular in this film. Only complaint, its a bit slow paced until the end.
Point Blank (1967) Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Carroll O'Connor, and John Vernon
Next time Dean Wornser, don't shoot Lee Marvin, take his girl, and steal $93,000 from him on the way out. This movie is what turned me into a Lee Marvin fan. He plays the cool and collective Walker who survives the ultimate swindle by a friend and a lover. Not taking any shit and pissed off about the money, Walker goes up the latter one by one in search of where his best friend Mal Reese (John Vernon) ended up unloading his loot. See, Reese owed the mob money and instead of dealing with it like a man, he sold out his buddy. Though Walker doesn't seem to care too much about his ex wife and throws her bang before she kills herself, and he the hooks up with her sister, and then starts clipping mob guys one by one. Lee Marvin is so cool in this movie. The scene with the sniper in the wash and his initial conversation with Carroll O'Connor (Yea - Archie Bunker!) is amazing. Such a good movie. Give the guy his money already.
Savage Streets (1984) Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley, John Vernon, and Robert Dryer
I don't know what it is about Linda Blair but I kind of dig her. Savage Streets was directed by Danny Steinmann who went on to direct Friday the 13th Part V - A New Beginning. Yes, its the one with Dudley from Different Strokes and a copycat killer, not Jason. Regardless, I still watch it every time its on TV around Halloween. But the year before he directed this little ditty with Linda Blair as Brenda, a super cool chick who has a group of cool friends with way too much eighties overkill going on. After a confrontation with these gang members called The Scars, Brenda's little sister played by Linnea Quigley gets brutally raped. Oh - in case you were wondering, she plays a mute girl who is also deaf. (I'm not trying to make a pattern, it just keeps happening to mute girls in revenge movies.) After a girlfriend ends up murdered, Brenda throws on some sweet leather duds, arms herself with a crossbow, makes her hair super big, and has the bear traps set to take her revenge.
John Vernon has some great lines in this such as, "Go fuck an iceberg." While talking to Brenda about her sisters rape he states, "Now I'm sorry about your sister, Brenda. The police are doing everything they can. But she shouldn't have been there in the first place." What a dick.
Some people say revenge is a dish best served cold. I say its a dish best served on my television with friends and food. As I continue my journey in "Revenge Cinema" as I like to call it I will post more and more films trailers and write ups for all to enjoy! Till next time....