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.
They Called Her One Eye is the international dubbed R-Rated version of Thriller-A Cruel Picture. I actually preferred this version of the film because it focuses more on the action and exploitativeness instead of being filled with hardcore inserts (which distract heavily). Is the movie more entertaining? Yes, if you want to see a straight sleazy/cheesy film. I recently got rid of my uncut version and bought the grindhouse one. I still think the director made the movie a bit too serious. The bad … more
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 … more
Made specifically to appear to base sensibilities, Thriller is the definition of what exploitation cinema is all about. The film includes actual porn inserts, the cutting of a real corpse's eye, and actual needle use (though no real drugs.)
Thriller – A Cruel Picture (Swedish: Thriller – en grym film, also known as They Call Her One Eye, Hooker's Revenge and Thriller) is a 1973 Swedish exploitation film in the "rape and revenge" genre written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius. It tells the story of a mute young woman who is being forced into heroin addiction for which she has to work as a prostitute, and her revenge on the men responsible.
The film was marketed as the first film ever to be completely banned in Sweden, although the one that actually was first was Victor Sjöström's The Gardener from 1912. It has received a cult following and was one of the inspirations behind Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, specifically the character of Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah).