Looking For Revenge?
Well, Christina Lindberg is really to dispense it…
And so is Zoe Lund…in fact, here are SIX powerful cult films that dispense a LOT of much-deserved revenge on very bad people – and these powerful films are as disturbing today as when they were released.
“Revenge, like Sauvignon Blanc, is a dish best served ice cold.”
Or, it wasn’t Charles Bronson but my friend Bill Shakespeare who said:
“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
Time to explore the darker recesses of your inner soul, beginning with one of the most controversial shockers of all time!
6 – I Spit On Your Grave. 1978.
Warning: revenge may be sweet, in this case it is TOUGH to watch. This is one of the first films to be banned for the shocking nature of what happens onscreen – and it is just as unsettling today.
“I Spit On Your Grave” tells the tale of Jennifer Hills, a magazine writer from New York City who heads to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. There she is brutally assaulted, raped and left for dead by four country boys.
BUT JENNIFER IS ALIVE.
After this brutal attack, Jennifer will exact her revenge on those who left her for dead – in very shocking ways.
This was also known as “Day Of The Woman”, which speaks to the revenge aspect of the film in a milder tone than “I Spit On Your Grave” does, but the point is the same – Jennifer is going to hunt down those who violated her, and she will exact revenge in the most cruel terms.
This is a grind house classic from the 70’s, and none of the remakes and sequels comes close to matching it visceral power.
Here is a film from 2017 the tells you EXACTLY what the film is about!
Talk About Bloody “Revenge!”
I had heard about this 2017 French shocker, and after seeing it, I understand why it’s so controversial – it’s one of the bloodiest revenge thrillers in the post #MeToo world – for good reason!
This is a really good film – and really bloody as well!
Matilda Lutz gives a powerful performance, and the film, directed by a woman, avoids excessive sexual violence – but don’t worry, the revenge is BLOODY!
You can see the trailer and a whole lot more by clicking on my story here:
Next up, a classic cinema character who suddenly turns into a “pro-feminist” cheerleader!
Clint Eastwood made 5 “Dirty Harry” movies, but it was the fourth in the series that really shocked us:
4 – Sudden Impact. 1983.
A rape victim is exacting revenge on her attackers in a small town outside San Francisco.
Dirty Harry, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.
Detective Harry Calahan is one bad ass guy. He shoots first and questions suspects later. He hates crime, and has no problem kicking its ass. But in “Sudden Impact”, Harry can’t get to the criminals fast enough. Someone else is beating him to the punch – and they are punching hard.
What makes “Sudden Impact” so good is that Clint turns the killing over to the victim to exact her revenge – and exact it she does.
Clint’s then-girlfriend Sandra Locke dispenses this brutal and deserved justice, and exacts revenge in a way that made this one of the most popular films of 1983.
Another shocking revenge thriller starred a young woman who ultimately had a tragic, senseless death…
3- Ms. 45!
“Ms. 45”, also known as “Angel of Vengeance”, is the 1981 cult classic directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Zoë Tamerlis Lund.
This film was Lund’s movie debut – it was an amazing performance from an Actress who died much too soon.
If you want to see more of Zoe Lund’s life – and the film’s powerful trailer, here is the story:
The ultimate “female revenge thriller” came from Sweden, and stars the legendary Christina Lindberg, in her most powerful performance!
I’ve written about this grindhouse classic before. It was also known as “They Call Her One Eye”, for reasons you will soon see…
Growing up mute after a childhood sexual assault, a young girl (played by beautiful cult starlet Christina Lindberg) spends years working on a remote farm. After missing the bus one day, she is picked up by a suave young man who takes her out to dinner, drugs her and forces her into a life of drug addiction and prostitution.
After trying to rebel against her captor, Christina has one of her eyes gouged out as punishment (in a scene rumored to have been filmed with an actual corpse). But revenge is coming…in fact, this was originally released in the US as “They Call Her One-Eye!”
Christina Lindberg is a cultural icon – a deserving of so much more credit in this country than she gets…here is a closer look at this film, which ultimately was released with three separate titles!
Finally, an early entry in the “revenge thriller” starred one of Hollywood’s most memorable “tough guys!”
1-Death Wish. 1974.
This is the “Godfather of Payback”…a controversial, 1974 drama that exploited urban paranoia and presents vigilantism as cathartic release. A mild-mannered New Yorker turns violent vigilante after a horrific crime strikes his family, and who runs afoul of the law while taking it into his own hands.
Charles Bronson stars as the vengeance-seeking urban warrior who goes on a punk-killing spree after his wife and daughter are attacked by intruders. Watch for a very young Jeff Goldblum–in this, his second movie–as one of the assailants of Bronson’s loved ones.
This really is the ultimate revenge movie – a horrific crime causes someone to seek revenge against those who harmed his family – nothing will stand in his way – and clearly, this is how we will react – by becoming all-out killing machines!
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I bought the DVD of ‘Revenge’ when you featured it, but still haven’t got around to watching it. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
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Curious what you think Pete!
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I must ‘bump it up the list’, John. 🙂
Pete, I have 50+ films I’ve purchased that I haven’t watched yet…I’ll get to them, right?
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My tally is close to that too. 🙂
The only words spoken by the victim in Ms. 45 was at the end of the movie, which was “OW”!!!
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