Thriller – A Cruel Picture (also known as They Call Her One Eye, Hooker’s Revenge and Thriller ) is a 1973 Swedish exploitation film in the “rape and revenge” genre written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius. It tells the story of a mute young woman who is being forced into heroin addiction for which she has to work as a prostitute, and her revenge on the men responsible.
The film was marketed as the first film ever to be completely banned in Sweden, although the one that actually was first was Victor Sjöström’s The Gardener from 1912.2 It has received a cult following and was one of the inspirations behind Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, specifically the character of Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah).
Bo Arne Vibenius (born 29 March 1943 in Solna, Stockholms län, Sweden) is a Swedish film director, most famous for his exploitation classics Breaking Point and Thriller – A Cruel Picture (Swedish: Thriller – en grym film). The latter served as a huge influence on Quentin Tarantino when making his Kill Bill movies and the director has called it “the roughest revenge movie ever made”
I managed to see the full uncut version. Despite being pornographic, I found this movie a true indicator to how the ugly world of sex trafficking truly is. The sound track is incredible and perfectly matched to the slow-motion revenge scenes. A fantastic piece of 70s exploitation cinema. Slow and creeping.
Despite having a memorable protagonist and an interesting revenge story premise, the direction and narrative are flawed and had several inconsistencies. The killings just go on forever and are really tedious. Normally I would just give it 2* but for the premise it deserves at least 3. If it had been done with a more serious approach, the story and the situations could had a lot of potential to make a really dark film