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Tarantino completists and fans of Abel Ferrara's Ms .45 might salvage something.
Miss Lindberg, who is easy to look at, is constantly doleful since most of what occurs in One Eye is dreary.
Lindberg executes the vengeance audiences came to cheer, and spiritually dissolves.
An awfully uneasy and chilling bit of savagery involving one of the primary themes for grind house cinema...
Really depraved stuff from Sweden.
Essentially everything that I Spit on Your Grave wishes it could be. This takes revenge to the next level with some truly flawless slow-motion death scenes. It's really nutty in a good way, sort of a cautionary tale for young women. Don't ever take a ride froma stanger because he'll take you home and drug you for three days and get you addicted to heroin. Then he'll enslave you into prostitution and cut your eye out if you misbehave. It's a really experimental film, a lot of drawn out shots and long shots, but that's one of the things that makes it so great.
Lots of unforgivable ridiculousness with the only highlights being Christina Lindberg and her lady garden you could undoubtedly hide a VCR in. It starts off pretty upsetting with childhood rape and I'm guessing the filmmakers planned on hitting the gas until they crashed through the wall but instead took the scenic way and ran out of momentum. The slo-mo action is nothing short of painful and the sleaze factor doesn't justify the viewing. Thriller could've been a whole lot better if it weren't for the unexplained randomness (i.e. where the hell did that horse come from?) and complete and total lapses in logic. I understand that I was supposed to abandon the regular thought processes I normally run with here, but caaaahm ahhhhn!
Alot of really bad slow-mo...somehow this was made by Ingmar Bergman's assistant director
Thriller: A Cruel Picture also known as They Call Her One Eye ( the title I prefer)is among the most infamous films in exploitation cinema. It was eclipsed by I Spit On Your Grave which was made a few years later. I can honestly say it fully deserves its reputation as a truly depraved film. Its also a rather original film that remains unique even today. The art-house approach to grindhouse material isn't always successful, I've seen some that have been a little too pretentious, This is one of those b-films where the filmmakers obviously wanted to create something quality as opposed to just collect a rent payment and yet not slide into the pretentious category
Bo Arne Vibenius's direction, as mentioned earlier, makes a unique aesthetic. The material is great exploitation film fodder, some of the grittiest and sleaziest stuff ever caught on camera. However, he manages to make a sympathetic protagonist out of the main female character who always remains easy to root for even when he revenge becomes just as sadistic as her previous tormentor's actions. There are some flaws to the film, mainly the overuse of slow motion when the violence occurs. While it can sometimes lend an eerie, almost poetic quality to the film (such as the scene with the cops in the warehouse), it detracts the sudden impact the material could potentially have. The film would've moved at a better pace without this unnecessary technique. Also, the hardcore porn inserts are often awkward and really interrupt the flow. I really wonder what Vibenius was trying to achieve by inserting these sequences.
However, whenever Vibenius occasionally fumbles, the lead performance of Christina Lindberg is always fantastic. She never speaks during the entire film but her performance has the subtlety many other aspects of the production lack. Shes also an incredibly beautiful women capable of projecting both innocence and sex appeal. Its no wonder she has a sizable cult following - shes an extremely talented performer. "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" is a completely successful exploitation cult film, despite the flaws I mentioned it works really well and is a film worth checking out if your a fan of grindhouse cinema.
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