As far as transgression cinema of the 70's is concerned, Thriller: A Cruel Picture (aka They Call Her One Eye) is probably one of the more disturbing if not one of the most influential films of the decade. The film, made purely to cover up the financial failure of the director's fist film, is the quintessential exploitation film featuring stark nudity, prostitution, drug addiction, graphic violence, and unsettling hardcore pornography.
The plot is fairly simple revolving around a young mute girl, Frigga - played by Christina Lindberg, who is abducted, hooked on heroin, mutilated and then prostituted by a pimp, Tony - Heinz Hopf. Frustrated by her dependence on drugs and sickened by the clientele she has to entertain, Frigga seeks people to teach her how to fight, shot, drive and kill. It's pretty obvious where the film goes from there.
What sets this film apart from most exploitative fare is the lengths to which the director went for realism. Between having the star use a real hypodermic on herself filled with saline, using a corpse for the infamous eye gouging scene, to inserting real sex footage, this film becomes far more disturbing than similar films such as The Big Bird Cage or The Street Fighter.
What really surprised me was how influential this film seems to be. The action is all filmed in super slo-mo, which ends up looking very similar to The Matrix, not to mention the star's wardrobe, which is very similar to the garb that Neo and Trinity wear, and is practically stolen by Kurt Russell in Escape From New York. It's also important to note this film's influence on director Quentin Tarantino, who based the Daryl Hannah character (Elle Driver) on this film's star.
Though the film is rough, slow in places and over dramatic in it's five minute slow motion action sequences, it's still very entertaining, especially for those into exploitation or transgressive cinema.
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