Smarter than it seems this film is not at all the exploitation fare I was
expecting. It actually plays a lot like an art film with buckets of blood.
Think a refined version of "Last House On The Left".
It’s all in the
approach the director takes. I have to applaud the man for not using a
score. The only music you’ll hear in this film comes from the film. (a
guy playing harmonica, her listening to music and a church organ when she
goes there). He uses the music brilliantly, punctuating the scenes they
This is by no means a
pleasant film to watch. Jennifer (Keaton) is a classy, beautiful,
intelligent, sensitive woman and seeing her get raped for 40 minutes (I’m
not kidding) was very taxing on me. The men in the movie are mainly
caricatures, except for one: Johnny (Tabor). He’s given more time to
flesh out and drives the message home: Men can do ugly things and feel no
remorse afterwards. This guy is unbelievable, he seems so normal but yet
he’s a freaking animal.
The film lightly
touches the whole " when a woman shows off her body does it mean she’s
asking for it" thang but it cuts it short when Jennifer snips this
dudes penis off. Instead another message is delivered: Men are brutal in
they’re violence, women are methodical
Having Jennifer use her
sexuality to lure the men into her deadly traps took me by surprise and
was an interesting way to approach the "revenge" scenario. It
worked for me. The film is not perfect. The last two murders feel like
throwaways and the last frame of the film is far from satisfying. You
would think after all the time the film takes to move along it would also
take the time to end properly. A quiet ending would have been appreciated.
But overall, this
film is a rare bird: half arty drama, half gore flick and all powerful. I
won’t spit on this one…