USA – 1981 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ABEL FERRARA
Abel Ferrara’s 1981 revenge thriller classic returns to theaters and home video in 2014.
Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic MS. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/ actress/ musician/ screenwriter Zoë Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials.
An interview w Abel Ferrara
“Originally released in 1981, Abel Ferrara’s low-budget Death Wish in lipstick and heels has grown in critical reputation over the years. It’s easy to see why looking at this new uncut, digitally restored version."
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"Few movies epitomize the rude energy of the grindhouse era as well as MS. 45…”
- THE TORONTO STAR
"If Travis’ avenging death dream in Taxi Driver belonged to Theresa in Mr. Goodbar, you might wind up with MS. 45.
- NOW MAGAZINE
"Often compared to Death Wish, Abel Ferrara’s cult classic MS. 45 presents us with something rather unique for 1981: a strong female lead.”
- TORONTO FILM SCENE
“...MS. 45 [is] a standout among other films of its ilk."
- THE SEVENTH ART
“...a bold hybrid of exploitation and arthouse cinema."
"A fascinatingly subversive take on the rape-revenge fantasy film.”
- WAY TOO INDIE
- DORK SHELF
“...a lean and mean film with a singular purpose; to put us in the mindset of a woman who simply snaps."
- CRITICIZE THIS!
"It’s grindhouse exploitation through and through…"
- WYLIE WRITES
“Made for an estimated $62,000, MS. 45 looks remarkably sharp and captures 1980s New York in all its gritty glory…"
- THE NATIONAL POST
- FILM FREAK CENTRAL