This is a real guilty please for me, one of my favourite films which is nasty, vicious and violent, but brutally realistic. The late 70’s look gives it a distance which allows me to step away from the true reality of the situation, but it’s a shocking film.
Two crazy mechanics are about to close up shop for a night on the town when a quick repair job comes in, a Mercedes with rich owners. They persuade the work to be complete with the promise of a swanky party afterwards. The party starts of swinging, but it soon turns sour with a clash of social status, then the violence erupts.
This one works for me for so many reasons. The film is shot beautifully by Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) and his right hand man, DP Sergio D’Offizi who does a great job at capturing the harsh actions with beautiful clear lighting and crisp photography. Notable also, Tomassi as editor. So it looks great. The cast are something else too. All perfectly cast and pushed to the limit of their ability. Dave Hess is a star, a rugged nasty beast of a bloke who you can’t help but love to watch. Giovanni Lombardo Radice here knocks out his finest role. Annie Belle is a babe, Marie Claude Joseph is also perfect. And then there is Brigitte Petronio as the tortured Cindy, a brilliant performance from the young actress. But for me, the winning formula is the balance between Hess, Belle and Lombardo Radice who all conjure pure cinema magic. The shower scene with Hess and Belle is legendary and the card game with GLR is superb.
As I say, the film is a nasty one, dealing with revenge, rape, humiliation, abuse but you can sympathise from all sides. It’s a character drama which is beautiful to watch, mesmerizing and enthralling. Finally, what an ending. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about, but that scene in slomo which just goes on for ever is pure stunning. This is what video nasties are all about. This is a nasty little film that really shouldn’t be seen by society, but deal with the stuff you really shouldn’t watch, but can’t take your eyes away from it. It’s not gratuitous for the sake of it, every scene has reason and purpose.
If you watch one nasty in your life, make it this one.