Title: Brutalization

Also known as:
Because of the Cats (Original title)
The Rape (English title)

Year: 1973

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Exploitation / Drama

Language: English

Runtime: 98 min

Director: Fons Rademakers

Writer: Hugo Claus, Fons Rademakers & Nicolas Freeling

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069772/

Rich gang members rape women while they force their husbands to watch. One cop takes it upon himself to find a stop to their disturbing shenanigans, but ends up digging deeper and realizing that this is more than a few bastards having fun - it goes further than that, and is linked to some powerful people.

Our thoughts:
One 7 Movies new release of "Brutalization" sports an intriguing title and a great, sleazy cover. Then the movie starts, and the title on screen is "Bacause of the Cats". Now, I understand changing titles on movies, but this was hilarious to me. There is a big difference between "Brutalization" and "Because of the Cats", wouldn't you say!? It's obvious that it was to draw a crowd, but I must say that even though the original title is bland as fuck, it fits the type of movie it is - not so much exploitation as it is a gang crime flick about a cop's investigation.

A gang called The Ravens enjoys themselves by raping women in front of their husbands. When a cop decides to bring them down, he realizes that it's not a gang of bored youth, but one associated to people of power in the Netherlands.

The main problem is that most of the exciting things happen early on, and the rest of the movie is a pretty repetitive investigation of talking to people and going to strange places. So what the movie has to lure you in is pretty much exploitation, but the rest of the movie doesn't deliver on that. It does go somewhere towards the end and I think the ending alone isn't bad at all. It's a movie that's made easier to watch because it reminded me of some other (better) era flicks.

What does the title, "Brutalization", actually refer to? Nothing, it's just a trick by the distributor. The movie isn't brutal, but it has some nudity in the rape and sex scenes. "Because of the Cats", then? Well, I don't really know. There's another gang in the movie called The Cats, and while that should clear it up, it still kinda doesn't. Small things like these make it hard to care for the majority of the movie. If you think it's worth watching an entire movie just for a rape that introduces us to the gang, a weird ritual with involving gutting a cat over a sexual act, a mystery that's not really mysterious and finally a somewhat okay ending, then maybe it's for you. Unfortunately all of this doesn't make this a good watch in my book, but it does make it a watchable crime mystery that will be up the right alley to some.

"Brutalization"/"Because of the Cats" doesn't completely suck, it's a movie that would work great if you're bored and just want to sit back and watch a '70s movie that doesn't get you too emotionally attached. It has the characters (a hunk of a lead, a no-bullshit kind of guy, you know the type), it has enough to get you through the runtime, but it's still rather bare. It's not a terrible addition to the One 7 Movies library, and if you've picked up some of their "better" (more entertaining or unique) movies then you shouldn't skip this one. If you don't have anything from One 7 Movies yet, odds are that you're not that interested in this anyway.

Positive things:
- A good enough ending to the mystery.
- A charming lead man.
- I got a good laugh when "Because of the Cats" came up instead of "Brutalization".

Negative things:
- Repetitive and bland for the most part.
- Skip it unless you really love '70s crime flicks and the likes.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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