Mad Cowgirl (2006)



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A disturbed health inspector begins a surreal descent into madness when her marriage fails, her mental health begins to plummet, and her obsession with kung fu movies drives her to seek vengeance against the Ten Tigers from Kwangtung in director Gregory Hatanaka's experimental psychological thriller. Therese's (Sarah Lassez) life is falling apart; her husband has abandoned her, her affair with a sleazy televangelist has left her sexually frustrated, and her brother may have poisoned her with some particularly bad meat. Now, as Therese begins to succumb to her all-consuming nymphomania and her doctor begins to suspect that there truly is something wrong despite her outwardly healthy appearance, the delusional slaughterhouse inspector begins the rigorous training that will allow her to take on the dreaded Ten Tigers from Kwangtung in an all-out bloodbath that could claim the lives of more than a few of her recent lovers.
Comedy , Drama , Horror , Special Interest
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Walter Koenig
as Pastor Dylan
James Duval
as Thiery
Jaason Simmons
as Jonathan Hunter
Linton Semage
as Dr. Suzuki
Sarah Lassez
as Therese
Vic Chao
as Charlie
Douglas Dunning
as Miles Graham
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Critic Reviews for Mad Cowgirl

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

This indulgently puerile waste of time plows ahead with pointless mayhem masquerading as 'art.'

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It gives screenwriter-director Gregory Hatanaka an excuse for a lot of scene jumping -- and a chance to make the case for adopting a vegan diet.

October 5, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's a lot happening here, perhaps too much.

July 20, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Mad Cowgirl is an underground movie with little sense of grounding, and lots of a multicultural weirdness and inchoate meat metaphors.

July 19, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's safe to say there will not be another movie this year like Mad Cowgirl. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on your tolerance for copious bloodletting, hardcore pornography, and C-SPAN.

July 18, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Fiercely personal and unique.

Full Review… | July 22, 2007

Audience Reviews for Mad Cowgirl


Yeah, so this film is ca-ray-zy! We're talking Brad Dourif in The Exorcist 3 crazy. That's a high level of crazy right there. This is a real throwback to the Exploitation and Martial Arts films of the '70s. There's even a Flying Guillotine sighting.. Now, this isn't a gore fest. So if that's what you're expecting, you'll be disappointed. Like I am every time I see a movie with Kate Beckinsale where she doesn't get naked. There's quite a bit of blood, but that doesn't come until the final reel. So, in closing. This film is a definite recommendation, especially if you miss the good 'ole Grind-house days. Plus, how many other films do you get to see a preacher's "O" face.

Whitey DeLuca
Whitey DeLuca

Strange, confusing, disturbing. But you gotta hand it to the director, he creating a low budget but very watchable film. Oh, and what's needed in films these days: originality. It's low budget, but understandably so, as it is something you won't see out of "Hollywood", which is why we should have actual independent films. Anyway, it's done with competence and although I was confused and disturbed, I still enjoyed and appreciated it.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

This movie really stands out from all the rest that screened in San Francisco. Enough buzz to gain a special third screening! My husband and I were stunned when we saw it. It's was such a refreshing experience! It totally shakes your mind as the movie leads to more sweet madness and hilarious absurdity for Therese (played with such bravery by Sarah Lassez). And, despite its novelty, it's a well-acted and, surprisingly, dramatically-driven movie, too! When we thought it was all over, the last part of the movie totally pays off! Whether it's a statement of our current socio-political culture or our fascination of all things entertainment, it's just riveting. A food for thought, perhaps? One thing for sure, this movie totally rocks!

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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