Five great female revenge thrillers
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.