|release date (Limited)||December 13 2013|
|writer||Nicholas St. John|
|starring||Zoë Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto|
SynopsisA shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun.
Abel Ferrara and writer Nicholas St. John’s first film, The Driller Killer, subverted the sexism found in most slasher flicks by offering a madman who targets derelicts rather than busty teens. In their 1981 follow-up they took on the rape-revenge film with their own feminist reading of the genre, Ms. 45 (aka Angel of Vengeance). The film follows the standard path in which a woman is raped, then turns inward, starts training for physical combat or gun play, and then exacts furious revenge. What separates Ms. 45 from the rest of the pack is how it depicts the consequences of a life devoted to vengeance. Rather than feel triumphant in the end like most rape-revenge films, Ms. 45 is more somber. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a crucial film in the genre. …Read More