Sunday, July 24, 2011
THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE (1974)
A.K.A. THEY CALL HER ONE EYE. In the sub-genre of rape-revenge films I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE has got to be my personal #1 pick while this one could possibly be a close second or maybe third after LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. It easily beats both of those though in its stylistic choices(matching eye-patches and snazzy trench-coat) and tops it in not just being about a rape but a long-term abduction, forced drug-addiction, forced prostitution and mutilation. This is probably why Quentin Tarantino has called this one the roughest revenge film ever. Being filmed in Sweden helps give it a whole unique style of desolate feeling. The parts that bring this movie down a bit are some strange plot points(do enslaved hookers get Mondays off?) and a major overuse of super slow-motion during the revenge portion of the film. Also don't try watching this movie if you're even a slight bit tired cuz it's super quiet in lots of parts which adds to the sorta documentary feeling but doesn't help you if you want to stay awake. It's also generally slow going at points when you know exactly what's going to happen. Some versions of this feature hardcore insert shots which used other actors as stunt genitals and don't really add anything except the sight of hairy private parts which might shock your grandma. Overall it's worth seeing if you're at all a fan of 70's revenge type flicks that mix up the sleazy elements with artsy pretensions or if you ever wanted to see an actual corpse have a scalpel jammed into its eyeball.