Horror/thriller about a psychotic mechanic whose history of childhood abuse at the hands of his mother leads to murderous rage against women. When he ends up falling for one of his potential victims, the terrified but resourceful woman manages to manipulate his amorous feelings so she can escape.
Scruffy horror thriller about a sick rapist who suffers from a childhood trauma. The film begins like the low budget version of Scorcese´s "Taxi Driver" and turns to a nasty plagiarism of movies like "Last House on the Left", "I Spit on your Grave" or "Island of Death"... without ever reaching the level of these classics! Only interesting for seeing Nancy Allen ("RoboCop", "Dressed to kill") and later Bond girl Tanya Roberts in early roles..!
Disturbing but effective
This movie will no doubt offend many viewers. The story is seen through the eyes of a serial rapist. The movie is notable for early appearances by Nancy Allen and Tanya Roberts. The serial rapist is played convincingly by Ron Max who despises women and feels an urge to lash out and hurt any young attractive women. He sees them as "sluts". The viewer cannot help but feel for the young red-haired woman who has car trouble. When she sees the serial rapist pull up in his van ... Well, let's just say he puts his hands to use. He has a number of other crime conquests throughout the movie. I won't give away the ending but I would call this a gripping movie of sorts.
As a big fan of films ..
like Maniac and Angst and as a purveyor of the original Forced Entry (which I personally consider the most vile film I've ever seen), I'd been wanting to check this out to satisfy my itch for some heavy horror. Throw in Tanya Roberts (who I fell in love with after watching Tourist Trap) and Nancy Allen and this looked to be a little hidden gem.
And it's not all bad, but it's not nearly as memorable as the films I mentioned above. It's still a pretty gruesome movie (and I think I even watched the 72 minute "PG" cut), but there's large swaths of uninteresting stuff taking place whenever we aren't following the killer and his obnoxious NJ accent. These types of stories are the scariest to me though, so there's some decent moments of creepiness and tension here and there, mostly towards the end.
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