Title: Ms. 45

Also known as:
Angel of Vengeance (Australia)

Year: 1981

Genre: Rape-Revenge / Crime / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 80 min

Director: Abel Ferrara

Writer: Nicholas St. John

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082776/

After hours, a young mute woman is walking home from work when she's attacked and raped by a thug.. The woman gets back home, but her luck hasn't turned yet. Another scum rapes her, in her own home. After this brutal night, she tries to get back to her normal life and shoving the awful memories down the drain, but everything reminds her of that night and how evil men can be. This lovely girl quickly becomes a seductive goddess of murder, as she packs herself with a .45 gun and takes justice in her own hands.

Our thoughts:
This film's title has often been mentioned, but it wasn't until I heard it was a remake of "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" that I knew I had to get the film. Rarely does a remake interest me, but when it's a remake of an exploitation favorite, and the film was made before the Hollywood remake craze of the 00's, it could actually be worth checking.

Unlike "Thriller: A Cruel Picture", this is more a film about a vigilante than a rape-revenge kind of deal, which seperates the two alot. The girl is raped early in the film, and I felt that it made the sexual assault alot less powerful since we had no time to feel care for the woman. This was probably the biggest flaw this film had; that it didn't focus enough on the story and the emotions, it always wanted to go forward to killing men. We care more and more about her as time goes, but it never really reaches the point where her situation matters to us. We just wanna see a pretty girl murder people. And that we get. Alot of it.

My expectations were pretty high for this one, and that probably made me find more flaws and things that annoys me, than I would if I knew nothing about it, but that doesn't change the fact that the film is not really as brutal as it wants to be. The film doesn't pack big enough of a punch to be anything like "Thriller: A Cruel Picture", which we all know is a very cruel and raw exploitation film. "Ms. 45" has a completely different feel and the story doesn't really resemble it very much, so I can't really say I will think of this as a remake. However, the girl being a mute is definitely from "Thriller", and I like to think that the final scene being in slow-motion is another thing they got from it.

The film isn't bad, but it's nothing super-impressive. It's worth the bucks it cost me, and it deserves to be checked out atleast. It has a few stale performances and not enough emotions, so it's not a very effective film when it comes to shock. It's not a bad story at all, and I wasn't bored with it, but that's about it. Big fans of exploitation and Abel Ferrara's other films could probably enjoy this, "Ms. 45" pretty much mixes the two.

Positive things:
- A girl packed with .45 guns, dressed in a nun suit, ready to kill. That's hot.
- Strays further away from "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" than expected, but I guess I keep that as a positive because I might've judged everything harder otherwise.
Negative things:
- I didn't really get THAT into it. Some off performances and early rape scenes did that.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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