As a youngster in the 90s, Verhoeven's early Dutch films had a huge impact on me. Especially TURKISH DELIGHT, SPETTERS, and THE FOURTH MAN. FLESH AND BLOOD, too, which almost counts. What distinguishes these brazen masterworks is the manner in which they mobilize bad taste and political incorrectness for radical purposes rather than backward-thinking or reactionary ones. SPETTERS is a truly combative commercial film.
4,5 Verhoeven depicts the collective rituals and stereotypes with brutality. Appearances aside, Spetters is deeply connected with such films as Basic Instinct or Showgirls: Verhoeven explores the distance between the American cinematic imaginery and the violent reality of everyday life.
From early 80s but a heir of the figurative boldness of the 70s, to date the last libertarian decade of some western world. Verhoeven's formal ineptitude of this Dutch period is replaced by a razor-sharp generational look that borders the docudrama to best corrupt it. The night scenes of male's cruising and gangbang violation are so good that pursues "Cruising" and precedes "L'Homme Blessé". It follows.
Biker movie with a gritty realism seriously lacking in Paul Verhoeven's American films. There is a direct approach to subjects that is pretty taboo and it has a frank "in your face" approach to sex scenes.
Certainement le film le plus cynique du metteur en scène Paul Verhoeven qui donne une vision fort désenchantée d'une société batave à bout de course, dont les individus cherchent par tous les moyens, même les plus illégaux à se procurer l'argent nécessaire à leurs besoins. On retrouve bien sûr les thèmes récurrents du réalisateur, tel l'homosexualité, la violence, la religion, l'érotisme... www.cinefiches.com