This film is a Abel Ferrara - Zoë Tamerlis indie horror thriller
masterpiece and due to my limits of handling
language and writing abilities in general i will surely be somewhat
tautological in my praise of this film, and i will perhaps
use every synonym for Great that i know of.
R.I.P. Zoë Tamerlis Lund 1962-1999
I once had this film on a VHS some 30 years ago and
remember it as being one of my favourite films, and when re-watching
in November 2020 i found it to be just as powerful as back then. This
early on in Ferrara's career he had a gritty indie style
and cinematographer James Lemmo gave it a nice raw look. But, and this
is something that Abel Ferrara generously admits
in the featurette interview (a sympathetic man), this film is all about
Zoë Tamerlis in a solo bravura piece.
The visual imagery of her as a female revenger dressed in black is unforgettable
and surely iconic of some sorts. Young Zoë
was only 17-18 years old when making this film and she's MESMERIZING.
The ending Halloween disco dancing set piece
scene shot in slow mo is hypnotic to watch and surely belongs to The
Horror Hall of Fame scenes.
Ms. 45 / Angel of Vengeance is a lot of things. It is
a gritty low budget psychological drama, an art horror masterpiece,
a political film, a female revenge thriller but also a piece of Manhattan,
New York and the crazies living there.
Zoë plays mute young woman Thana who's a seamstress at a fashion
house. She and her co-workers are constantly
harassed by disgusting apemen in the street, yelling sexual remarks
at them on their way home from work .... or worse.
One day she's attacked and dragged into an alley and raped, and as she's
mute she can't scream for help. Her day gets
even worse though, as if she wasn't traumatized already she's attacked
by a burgler when getting home, and he tries to
rape her too. But this time she manages to kill her assailant by hitting
him with an ironer. She drags his body to her
bathtub and starts to dismember him with a kitchen knife putting the
parts in plastic bags and stuffing it into her fridge.
Thana is badly traumatized and decides to take no shit
from any man now on, and i wouldn't like to be the next man to
annoy her that's for sure. Dressed in black and armed with a 45 automatic
she starts to walk around at night looking
for prey as an angel of death. But her mind is broken and things get
In the featurette interview with Abel Ferrara he tells us the very unusual
and tragic story of Zoë Tamerlis.
The bluray presents the film in 1.85:1 widescreen and with an english
audio 2.0 DTS-HD with english subtirle, region all
As extras a trailer and a featurette interview with Abel Ferrara (8