Naked Vengeance (1985)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Oct 1, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Philippines, USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This Philippines-lensed entry into the rape-revenge genre obviously takes its inspiration from I Spit On Your Grave, presenting a similar tale of a woman who visits a small town, is brutally gang-raped by a group of sexist locals and then takes revenge in an even more brutal fashion. However, Naked Vengeance is likely to amuse exploitation fans because of the outrageous lengths it goes to so it can up the stakes established by its predecessor. Not only does the heroine have to endure a brutal rape, she also has to witness her parents killed in front of her! Also, the men in the town bait and harass her from the second they meet her in a style so overt it becomes its own self-parody. It goes without saying the film doubles-down on the revenge aspect, offering an elaborate series of revenge killings that aren't shy about getting bloody and a framing device that works in a few extra murders. The end result is as subtle as a flying mallet and ragged in both the acting and technical departments but Deborah Tranelli delivers a brave, surprisingly strong performance as the beleaguered heroine and the film uses that performance to its benefit by having her in the majority of its scenes. To sum up, Naked Vengeance might be derivative schlock but it has a certain crude effectiveness that will appeal to grindhouse fans. Other viewers are advised to proceed with caution.