Act of Vengeance

Act of Vengeance

Director: Bob Kelljan, John M. Pickard, Patricia Estrin, Joan Mc Call

Cast: Bob Kelljan, John M. Pickard, Patricia Estrin, Joan Mc Call

     
 
This sleazy exploitation feature from director Robert Kelljan (Count Yorga, Vampire) is more noteworthy for its cast than its content. The plot concerns a group of five women who learn martial arts and team up to avenge their violations by a rapist (Peter Brown) who forced them to sing "Jingle Bells" while molesting them. Caligula's Anneka di Lorenzo,

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This sleazy exploitation feature from director Robert Kelljan (Count Yorga, Vampire) is more noteworthy for its cast than its content. The plot concerns a group of five women who learn martial arts and team up to avenge their violations by a rapist (Peter Brown) who forced them to sing "Jingle Bells" while molesting them. Caligula's Anneka di Lorenzo, Richard Pryor's ex-wife Jennifer Lee, and Hullabaloo dancer Lada Edmund, Jr. co-star in this drive-in favorite, also released as Act of Vengeance.

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This odd, often disturbing exploitation film tries to have it both ways with its disturbing subject matter and the results are a rather confused piece of work. The screenplay sends out mixed messages: it condemns the act of rape and sides with its victims but also presents those acts in an over-the-top, lurid style that exploits every seedy detail. It doesn't help that both male and female characters are presented as one-note caricatures (the women are angry, the men are either vicious or lunk-headed) and the plotting requires the protagonists to do dumb things to endanger themselves, especially during the finale. The exploitative touch of Act Of Vengeance extends to the direction of Bob Kelljan, who undercuts the film's stabs at pro-women messages by frequently showing his heroines in various states of undress. He handles the film's suspense elements well and paces the film with skill but tends to get shallow performances from his cast. For instance, Jo Ann Kelly overdoes her character's rage, resulting in an annoyingly shrill performance at times, and the other female characters tend to blend into one angry, clichéd blur (in fairness, the thin writing plays a role here). As a result, Peter Brown walks away with the film thanks to his barnstorming turn as the film's egotistical, self-obsessed rapist villain. Ultimately, Act Of Vengeance is a deeply flawed relic from the exploitation era that is too lurid and uneven for anyone but serious cult film fanatics.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2011
UPC:
0883904243960
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
31,486

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John M. Pickard Dr. Schetman
Patricia Estrin Angie
Joan Mc Call Gloria
Jay Fletcher Actor
Stanley Adams Bernie
Ninette Bravo Joyce
Jo Ann Harris Linda
Peter Brown Jack
Lisa Moore Karen
Connie Strickland Teresa
Tony Young Bud
Lada Edmund Tiny
Jennifer Lee Nancy
Ross Elliott Sgt. Long
Steve Kanaly Tom

Technical Credits
Bob Kelljan Director
H.R. Christian Screenwriter
Betty Conklin Screenwriter
John Dignan Sound/Sound Designer
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Carl Kress Editor
Brick Marquard Cinematographer
Bill Marx Score Composer

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