On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust, in New York with her friend, Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family’s car and goes with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city.
Meanwhile, the sadistic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred ‘Weasel’ Podowski are hidden in a hideout, with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug’s addicted son, Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler), after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway.
The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior, who offers some Colombian grass to them. They go into his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis.
On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car’s rod and they stop on the road close to Mari’s house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shoots Mari, after humiliating and raping them. They seek shelter in Mari’s home, but during the night, her mother overhears a conversation of the criminals telling that they have killed her daughter. She tells her husband and they plot a scheme to revenge the death of their princess.
For the year this movie came out, I thought it was pretty good. I think this movie is probably as violent as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas. Well, that’s until the late 70’s and early 80’s, when all the slasher movies started coming out.
As for the storyline, I loved how the family was able to get revenge, on the people who murdered their daughter, Mari. The only real issue I had was the entertainment was missing and didn’t keep you going, like most movies. After watching it one time, you’ll never forget it, though.
As for the acting, all of the main characters seemed great, with their character roles. Also, I thought they actually fit their characters. The only problem I had with anyone was the cops. Normally, they would have stopped to check out the vehicle, if it happened in real-life. Also, their acting was kind of off some. Though, there were a few funny moments, with them. I guess they wanted to lighten the movie up some, instead of making it so serious.
Comparing this version to the 2009 version, I liked both versions equally. I just think the 2009 version was more entertaining, than this 1972 version. Both seemed to have their good scenes and intense moments. The only difference is with the 1972’s version, Mari dies. In the 2009 version, she lives.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching. If you enjoy classic horror movies, then you’ll enjoy this movie, as well. Just make sure to watch the unrated version, because the rated version was watered down and A LOT of scenes were cut from it.
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