A shy, mute and fragile working class young girl in a garment designer’s shop was raped twice; first in
Manhattan’s alley and
then in her apartment. She managed to kill the second man with his own gun but
the mental trauma brought bizarre paranoia to her. In order to get rid of
rapist’s body, she first chops his body parts, stuffed it in plastic bags and
one by one dumping it in town’s dustbin. With possession of her tormenter’s
gun, she turned in a vigilante male hater and killer. The streets turned into
killing spree and as the old neighborhood lady and her dog living next door to
girl get suspicious; we witness the final shock in Halloween party.
Abel Ferrara’s this low budget psychological shocker reminds me two films- one is Swedish exploitation cult ‘Thriller- A Cruel Picture’ and another is De Palma’s ‘Carrie’.
Ferrara’s exploitation film is furious and
more violent in tone where mental trauma and paranoia of the rape victim turns
into an uncontrollable blind rage-revenge. Ferrara managed to brought certain
bizarre sequences with his trademark slow motion violence, eerie background
score and most importantly the pace of the film with duration of less than one
and half hour. There is a scene which seems like homage to ‘Taxi Driver’ before
that shattering shooting spree climax. The film gained its momentum in video
circuit much after its release and gained an underground cult status.
Recommend to catch the uncut version.