Five great fe­male re­venge thrillers

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Wil­liam Ol­droyd, di­rec­tor of Lady

Mac­beth, sees that film as a 19th cen­tury Kill Bill. Hereare five more great cin­e­matic acts of re­venge.

The House­maid ( 1960) One of the found­ing texts of modern Korean cin­ema, Kim Ki-young’s pic­ture con­cerns a ser­vant who re­acts to mis­use with psy­cho tic en­thu­si­asm .( Not to be con­fused with Park Chan-wook’s re­cent The

Hand­maiden, which could also qual­ify.) Thriller: En Grym Film (1973) One of the clas­sics of Eur os ploi tati on, Bo Ar ne Vibe ni us’ s Swedish film –fea­tur­ing an avenger with an eye-patch–was a key in­flu­ence on

Kill Bill. “The Movie that has no lim­its of Evil!” the poster yelled. Car­rie( 1976) An in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ple in that Car­rie’ s re­venge is largely di­rected to­wards fe­male to rm enters. You bully Car­rie White, pro­tag­o­nist of Stephen King’ s first novel, at your peril.

I Spit On Your Grave ( 1978) One of the most no­to­ri­ous films of its era – later a sup­posed “videonasty”– Me ir Z ar chi’ s rape re­venge thriller has the distinc­tion of be­ing one of the few D VD re­leases to be banned in Ire­land this cen­tury. So, don’t be watch­ing it, now.

Au­di­tion( 1999) If only it were pos­si­ble to ap­proach Tak as hi Mi ike’ s mil­len­nial clas­sic with no fore­knowl­edge. It be­gins as a romance and con­tin­ues that way for quite some­time. The de­scent into hor­ror is, thus, all the more hor­rid when it ar­rives.

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