Thursday, February 5

Demented (1980)

Directed by Arthur Jeffreys / Alex Rebar
92 Minutes / MEDIA Entertainment / Unmatted Full Frame

Relatively forgotten rape-revenge flick centering around a woman who, after a brutal gang rape, starts to have visions upon returning to the normalcy of her life and ultimately goes...demented!

This one wastes no time as within the first three minutes the initial rape occurs. Afterward we flash forward a bit and learn the rapists are serving time with Linda (the boobie-equipped Sallee Young) traveling home with her husband (porn star Harry Reems?!?). Then the viewer mauling of over fifty minutes of exposition settles in. During that time, Mr. Reems proves to be the best actor in the film and Young sounds like a 12-year-old girl's impersonation of a mouse. Also casual rape jokes are ace, man! The climatic meltdown isn't quite worth the wait, but Young's performance noticeably improves as a cleaver-welding seductress. Wish that would have occurred more towards the halfway point with much more blood. What we end up with is a so-so straddle of reeeeeeaaallll average.

Best off listening to David Hess commanding to "piss your pants" once more.

Film: 4.5/10
VHS Picture: 5/10 (good considering the tape is quite old)
VHS Sound: 3/10 (gotta love thahissssssssssssssssssssssssssssss)

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