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Thriller - en grym film (Thriller - A Cruel Picture), also known as They Call Her One-Eye, is a 1973 Swedish Exploitation Film directed by Bo Arne Vibenius.
Madeline (Christina Lindberg), as a little girl, is raped in the park by an old pedophile, rendering her mute. When she grows up, she goes into town one day and is abducted by a pimp, Tony (Heinz Hopf), who drugs her with heroin while she is unconscious thus rendering her unable to survive for more than a few hours without a periodic fix. Tony will give her this fix, plus a wage, if she prostitutes herself. Amidst being abused by the clients, Tony forges a letter under her name and sends it to Madeline's parents wherein she says that she hates them and doesn't want them to try and find her. Also, when she refuses a client, Tony gouges one of her eyes out, and she wears an eyepatch for the rest of the film. Madeline befriends another prostitute, who claims to know a doctor who can cure the addiction, and the two elope to flee, but she is then murdered. Madeline then escapes back to her parents only to find that the forged letter prompted them to commit suicide. That's the final straw...
Using the stash of wages she's saved up, Madeline starts purchasing heroin from a dealer as the source for her fixes. She uses the rest to learn karate, marksmanship, pursuit-driving, and to buy a car. Now it's time to collect her dues...
The film is notable for its hardcore sex scenes, for the highly controversial use of a genuine cadaver in the above-mentioned eye-gouging scene, and for being banned in Sweden, its country of origin. It is also notable as being, along with Lady Snowblood, one of the primary inspirations for Kill Bill, both in terms of plot and in terms of Elle Driver's eyepatched appearance.
See also I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45.
This film provides examples of:
- Badass Longcoat: Madeline dons one most of the time.
- Banned in China: Banned in Sweden.
- Complete Monster: Tony.
- Cute Mute
- Dark Action Girl
- Every Car Is a Pinto
- Exploitation Film
- Eyepatch of Power
- Eye Scream
- Psycho Lesbian: One of Madeline's clients is a lezzo who delights in slapping her in the face before having sex with her.
- Rape as Backstory
- Revenge Against Men
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Where would a Badass Longcoat be without one?
- Tear Jerker: Madeline going home, finding her parents hung, then finding the letter that Tony wrote, and not saying anything but shedding a tear from her one good eye.
- The Woobie: You fuckin' kill those bastards, Madeline!