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Here's Henry Kerwin's 1976 rape / revenge sleaze classic
"Avenged" a.k.a. "Getting Even" a.k.a. "Deadbeat" a.k.a. "Tomcats"
culled from the ultra-rare uncut version featuring all the extended
rape scenes cut from the american vhs releases!
A standard rape and revenge exploitation template is hurled
like a Frisbee into the stratosphere by director Harry Kerwin and
there ain't no dog big enough to jump up and grab it.
Florida-lensed thriller was released to theaters as TOMCATS in 1977
and on video in the U.S. as AVENGED. It was also released in U.K.
video shops, as GETTING EVEN.
At the film's opening we are introduced to four loser
degenerates led by co-writer/co-producer Wayne Crawford under his
"Scott Lawrence" alias -- a pack of moronic, cackling hyenas (the
ones who will be "gotten even" with eventually) as they begin their
reign of terror on the young women of a small Florida town. It
becomes immediately apparent that their real interest is in each
other -- their feminine victims merely the football in a game that
amounts to a kind of adolescent, homoerotic, group masturbation.
The women, whether it be the victims they assault or their
"girlfriends" or hookers for hire, are are never "dealt with"
one-on-one in a private, separate location but are either raped or
made to perform sexual acts to a public chorus of giggling,
backslapping male camaraderie which inevitably turns to fisticuffs
as part of the sexual payoff. Almost immediately, the gang rapes
and kills our protagonist's sister thus setting into motion a
perverse, romantic waltz between avenging brother and come-hither
hoodlums looking to lose their onastic, self contained "virginity"
and graduate to a rougher, more "mature" sexual encounter at the
tip of an outsider's gun.
Finally apprehended by local police (after enjoying some
foreplay in the form of squirming and giggling when frisked by the
arresting patrolmen) the gang is hauled into a courtroom as the
grieving, outraged father and brother look on from the gallery. It
is at this moment that the second half of this psycho-sexual dance
is exposed. The brother, Cullen Garrett (Chris Mulkey a.k.a. Hank
Jennings from Twin Peaks!), begins to see flashes of his sister's
attack in his imagination -- interestingly, they are not images of
the attackers or of his sister being killed but of the clothes
being ripped from her nude, wriggling torso. Like the rapists,
Cullen has concocted a disembodied image of femininity for the
purpose of erecting a mental bridge that will ultimately enmesh him
in a perverse, romantic union with his psychotic, "virginal"
paramours . This mental bridge is traversed at a gun range when the
sexualized images of his sister are here replaced by the flash-cut
faces of the rapists who smile back invitingly from the paper
targets down range.
Having acknowledged their mutual attraction, Cullen begins
systematically "busting their cherries" -- dramatized here with
literal exploding hearts (gun shots to the chest) and, like any
attentive lover, satisfies both himself and his figurative partners
who lay limp and bleeding at his feet. In this film's context one
can safely say, "They were asking for it."
ships in a plain sleeve with no artwork.