Thriller – A Cruel Picture AKA They Call Her One Eye Review

Synapse Films, along with Blue Underground, are the two greatest DVD labels out there…not only re-releasing the best of cult and mondo films from the past but also delivering them with beautiful transfers, lots of extras…basically lots of love.

Synapse Films released this last year… a Swedish exploitation film from 1974 starring the soft core starlet Christina Lindenberg. This is a revenge picture that obviously influenced a string of films…Ms. 45, Death Wish, Kill Bill, etc. (Especially Kill Bill) Synopsis – A mute girl is raped, kidnapped and forced in to heroin addiction and prostitution. When she protests, the evil pimp stabs out her eye. After her parents kill themselves in grief, she trains herself in the use of weapons, martial arts and car driving, then seeks out her enemies for a cruel revenge.


European trash cinema has so much more artistic merit than its American counterpart. There are moments in this film that are Bergman-esque. Actors talk directly to the lens, composition is strong and intentional, and the death scenes…wow. SLOOOOOO-mo…..slower than Peckinpah. Extremely slow. Over a minute to flip over a bad guy. You don’t have that sort of artistic decisions made in your average exploitation film.

Another weird thing…they cut in hardcore inserts in to the sex scenes. It is a body double…not Lindenberg. I guess that many Euro 70’s productions made a XXX version.

See this film for a couple of reasons… some sequences are actually quite beautiful… a true sense of another era….obviously an influential film… and support Synapse releases!!!

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4 Responses to “Thriller – A Cruel Picture AKA They Call Her One Eye Review”

  1. junky says:

    Wow, sounds great – what kind of extras do they provide for these releases?  Is it a lot of contemporary stuff (current interviews, retrospective) or a lot of stuff from the time (deleted scenes, screen tests, etc…)

  2. Lekker Ding says:

    Watched a little clip on You Tube and I see what you mean about the slo-mo!!!  MUST SEE THIS!  Already moved to top of my queue.

  3. cybergosh says:

    I’ve had this DVD for a while, and it was acutally one of the few DVD’s that i own which i have taken the time to sit down and actually watch.  I love this movie.  I feel so bad for her!

  4. I love, love, love this movie. I tell people about it, only to not be able to convey the level of ferocity it carries. Such an intense thrill, the way she’s beaten down, only to rise up like a phoenix.

    A friend of mine suggested “Baise Moi” after I described the plot. Nowhere near as good, not even really very decent as a voilent drama.

    muy excellente!

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