With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleeman
Directed by Meir Zarchi

In the video nasty days of the ‘80s, this was a title that had everyone searching for its controversy. Not a horror by any means, it does involve the brutality of violent gang rape and resulting deadly retribution. A female writer rents a summerhouse way out of the city in a boring, small riverside town. She is menaced, beaten and raped by four idle scumbags. Then she plots to get them back. While we can easily dismiss it as mere exploitation that has the audience look at the harrowing assault on a defenseless woman with perversion and the deadly, violent payback, it leaves you with the dichotomy of violation and justified vengeance and whether we’re shocked or titillated at both cases, or one of the two. But for the censors to decide that for us is unacceptable. This movie was banned in South Africa for years, and recently released with only a 16 age restriction. Go figure. Depending on who you are, the moral balancing act will have you think about it on more than a cinematic level. We know rape is an abomination, as with murder, and if this film is a deterrent for future rapists, fantastic - but I always fear that even one nut gets aroused by something like this and doesn’t pay heed to the final “message”. The violent woman’s revenge movie was always an underground genre and never really got the big budget make-over, until Tarantino resurrected it with his
Kill Bill flicks.
Stylistically the film is quite poorly made, from bad jumps cuts and continuity to poor sound and voice dubbing. But, then we must remember that a producer would struggle to get financing for a film like this, at a time like that. The special FX are not very blatant or gory, but the dick chopped in the bath sequence is a classic of inference, not having to show anything as the implication has the viewer picture worse than they could’ve managed with a piece of rubber latex. A Nice surprise was the widescreen presentation of this VHS copy.

4 / C
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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