Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Thriller - A Cruel Picture (Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974)

While not a WIP film in the formal sense, Thriller: A Cruel Picture certainly merits some discussion in this genre. AKA They Call Her One-Eye, it is the story of a young girl, Frigga, who was raped by a rather filthy relative (literally and figuratively filthy) who loses the ability to speak due to trauma.

The ridiculously beautiful Christina Lindberg plays the adult Frigga, who is tricked/kidnapped by the incredibly slimy Tony (Heinz Hopf). He is a pimp and drug dealer who forces Frigga into sex slavery and heroin addiction. Tony's modus operandi is to seduce women, drug them and force their services with only the promise of more drugs. When Frigga assaults her first client, Tony decides to teach her a lesson; a lesson that gives her the moniker "One-Eye."

After listening to the other girls, and how they make some extra cash in hopes of escape and rehab, Frigga decides to do the same. When she finds that the letter Tony wrote to her parents caused them to commit suicide, escape becomes less of an issue. She now wants revenge.

Oddly, Frigga seems to have time away from her prison. They don't explain why she is allowed to leave, but I assume she has made herself a model prisoner to gain Tony's trust, coupled with her heroin addiction (Tony tells her that she will not find similar quality on the street—he does get his from a doctor). She uses her funds and time away to train in hand-to-hand combat, firearms use, and rally car driving. This is interesting, as most films skip the whole "how did she become such a bad ass" portion of the story. Once Frigga is ready, she goes to work, first killing her clients, then going after Tony. A few wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time people fall prey to her insane tactics, but you have to break some eggs, don't you?

In all, this is a really great exploitation/women's revenge film. Probably the best. I dare say it is a better revenge film than Coffy, despite my love for the ├╝ber-awesome Pam Grier. Know that there are some actual hardcore sex scenes in this. They are not long, but are penetration shots. I imagine there was a double for Lindberg, as she is never seen in-full during them, but who knows?


Thomas Pluck said...

This is one of my favorite revenge flicks, and not because of the rather skeezy hardcore shots- though they certainly make you sympathize with Frigga as she blasts her way to redemption.

Darius Whiteplume said...

There is a little essay on the film that came with the DVD (I forget the author) which discusses how this was the one time hardcore inclusion in a not-exactly porn film was appropriate. I tend to agree to a point.

I loved when she was kicking the soldiers' asses, even though it was obvious she was no Cynthia Rothrock. :-D

Oscar said...

One of the best film in the genere, besides thanks to this we have a Kill Bill

Darius Whiteplume said...

Very true. :-)

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