~ VCR classics: "Rape & Revenge" ~
(1985 / 1985)
Special Two DVD Disc set!
DIRECTOR: Naked Vengeance: Cirio Santiago (TNT Jackson, Wheels of Fire) / Sudden Death: Sig Shore (Return of Superfly)
STARS: Naked Vengeance: Deborah Tranelli, Kaz Gras, Carmen Argenziano (Graduation Day, Sudden Impact), Bill McLaughlin / Sudden Death: Denise Coward, Frank Runyeon, Jaime Tirelli
SYNOPSIS: Two classic 1980's rape and revenge films.
Naked Vengeance: This is actually one of the best rape/revenge films to come out in the 80's. A young women, Carla, watches as her husband is killed by a creepy street thug. She then returns to her parent's home in a small California town. As soon as she arrives the creepy men in town are drooling over her and making not so subtle advances. One drunken night at the bar six men decide to teach her a lesson. They invade her home and takes turns with her in a vicious rape scene. When her parent's come home unexpectedly the men shoot them both dead as well as one of their own (who they frame for the crime). The girl is left for dead but survives. Here's where the film becomes different than other rape/revenge films. Instead of going to the police or the courts she fakes a catatonic state. Then she sneaks out and begins killing off the rapists. This is the I Spit on Your Grave portion of the film (she even gives a surprise castration like Camille Keaton did in Spit). Eventually she goes on the run into the forest hunted by cops and a lynch mob. This is the brief First Blood portion of the film. She soon makes her way back into the town and continues her killing spree. She does each murder with a look of pure glee on her face. The film ends with the Ms.45 portion as Carla tracks down her husband's killer in a NYC alley. The possibility of a sequel is teased. Too bad that never happened. This is really great exploitation with a little bit of everything. Nudity, rape, gunplay, car chases, explosions, death by fire, shooting, crushing, cleaver, etc. The men are all scum and get what they deserve. Star Deborah Tranelli is very sexy and believable as the athletic heroine who is driven by pure hate and revenge. One of the prolific director's best films! Recommended. UNRATED / UNCUT - 97 minute version
Sudden Death: Here's a rape and revenge film done in the mold of Death Wish. A sexy computer programmer unknowingly gets into a stolen cab driven by two sociopaths. The man in the backseat starts off by punching her in the face and beating her. She fights back by scratching his face bloody but he continues his assault and ultimately rapes her. The driver then pulls over drags her into the gutter and gives her a few kicks before speeding away. She ends up in the hospital covered in bruises and telling her story to the ineffective police. Weeks later she goes on vacation with a friend and impulsively buys a gun. She was an Army brat and knows her way around firearms. Back home she starts dressing sexy and going to the sleazy areas of NYC to entice the rapists and weirdos. Once they're alone she shoots them dead. Soon the press has dubbed her the "Dum Dum Killer" for the bullets she uses. At about the one hour mark the film becomes more of a police procedural. She starts dating the detective who's investigating her case and has located her two attackers. An extended car and foot chase through lower Manhattan ends up on a filthy Brooklyn dock. Our heroine catches up to her rapist, shotgun in hand, as the World Trade Center looms in the background. There's plenty of shootings and copious nudity by the Amazonian Denise Coward who has a thicker Australian accent than Paul Hogan! A very 80's synth soundtrack includes the puzzling use of New Order's "Confusion" as it's main theme.
BONUS: Original theatrical trailer for Sudden Death
*For more action see: Vendetta / Violated, Lovely But Deadly / Lady Avenger, Manhandlers, Condemned to Hell and Rape of Love
Fullscreen / Color (both films)
Region Free NTSC dvd-R
BLACK dvd case (above image is the front cover art)
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