First, a personal Detour:
When i was in my very early teens in the 1970's me
and my friends used to skip school now and then. Living in a suburb
we used to go to the City and look for cool records and .... for watching
something called "The Film Reel of the Week". Some of the
cinemas in the City (often in the cinema "Spegeln" on Birger
Jarlsgatan, Stockholm) showed trailers at lunchtime for 2 hours for
films. This was free of charge and only a couple of people did attend,
some bums, senior citizens and kids skipping school.
One day, ONE DAY, the trailer for the film Thriller was shown, and
every youngster in Sweden did know who Christina Lindberg was
as she regularly appeared in mens magazines as Fib Aktuellt or Lektyr
in the nude. Well, everyone recognized her even though we may
not have known her name by then (teenage boys knew her from many a
WOW! That trailer looked rough and me and my friends talked a lot
about it .... "Thriller, must see that one", "That
nude from the magazines
girl with an eye-patch and a shotgun shooting up a police car, wow",
and i'm serious here, in Sweden back then there were NO Grindhouse
type of films and no violent pictures at all were allowed to be shown
due to our strict film censor board.
But, the film premiere never came, a year went by and there were NO
Thriller. Later i found out that the film, made by a Alex Fridolinski,
alias for Bo A. Vibenius had been banned from showing by the censors.
The film was forgotten, and when it finally was shown it was much
later, too late, and just for a week or so, and in a very truncated
version. yes, the film was completely forgotten in Sweden, but it
start it's second life in the US as a Grindhouse exploitation Cult
movie, titled "They Call Her One-Eye", and .... here's the
This heavy-handedly directed exploitation crime thriller
has become a Legendary Female Revenge Action with the famous Swedish
model Christina Lindberg as the avenger.
Her name is Madeleine and she's raped as a young girl by some sleazebag
and she's mute after the trauma. She is raised on her parents
idyllic farm and everything is well .... until a man gives her a lift
into town. This man (played by Arne Mattsson regular and Dramaten,
National Theatre actor Heinz Hopf, always was great and he seemed
to play dirtbag roles with gusto) seduces her, takes her out to dinner,
drugs her, gets her addicted to heroin and then forces her to be a
prostitute. When she refuses he cuts out her eye with a scalpel, in
short but very disturbing scene (so believable that it may not be
a special effect but the real thing using a real corpse, yuck!).
But one day enough is enough, and she starts training
Karate, military close combat techniques, to shoot and to drive a
car rally style.
She visits a weapons and ammunitions depot and then it's time for
Vibenius also inserted hardcore scenes to the softcore sex scenes
when Madeleine works at the bordello, and these are very unsexy
looking, grainy and maybe made out of some other film stock, and it's
obvious that Lindberg didn't take any part in these. Besides the fact
that Christina Lindberg never made any porno. Inserting hardcore scenes
to spice up a bad film, released in certain markets, was something
some exploitation filmmakers did, as Jesús Franco, Aristide
Massaccesi, Jean Rollin, Andrea Bianchi etc.
"Thriller - A Cruel Picture"
is a not very good, slow and heavy-handedly directed film, i'm honest
now, but the film has gained world-wide
notoriety and is today considered to be 1970's sleaze exploitation
Cult Classic, and being appreciated by Quentin Tarantino.
What's great about it ? 1. The pitch-black depressing and Feel Bad
story, and 2. The Beauty of Christina Lindberg, and as she wasn't
actress (even though performing in a bunch of Swedish and international
exploitation movies) it suits her that she's mute in this film, it
makes her role figure all the more powerful and relentless. For sure,
the Ultimate Swedish Cult Movie.
Synapse presents the film in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen
ratio, swedish mono audio (or an english dub), photo galleries with
Behind the Scenes, Press materials, an alternate scene etc.