Also Known As: Closure (USA)[/color]
[color=Red]Rated R for strong brutal violence including rape[/color]
Straightheads has the pornographic ingredients of a first-rate cult thriller. It’s cheap. There is copious foot-age of Gillian Anderson’s naked breasts. It features the football über-yob, Danny Dyer, as a super-thick toy boy. The plot is nasty, brutish and short. And the Jacobean twists bring tears to the eyes.
The mismatched heroes are savagely brutalised by cocky farmers after a stag accidentally jumps through the front windscreen of their car. The revenge . . . oh my God, the revenge.
GANG rape, sodomy by rifle and a prolonged, vicious beating. You don’t see films quite this unpleasant every day and, even if Straightheads looks as if it was made for about £4, it’s been a long time since someone was brave enough to make a such a movie.
This is a pro-feminist terror movie recalling genre classics such as I Spit On Your Grave and Handgun. While lacking the punch of either, at least it’s trying to do something different.
The X Files’ Gillian Anderson plays wealthy singleton Alice who hires security expert Adam (Danny Dyer) to install CCTV cameras at her home. Fancying a fling, she invites her employee to a country party but on the journey home the pair are set on by a carload of thugs. Adam is left badly scarred while Alice is horribly gang raped. She then convinces Adam to wreak bloody vengeance.
Straightheads suffers from a plot that feels half-written and a little too calculated to shock. But with an edgy, queasy vibe that recalls the likes of Straw Dogs, this one gets a recommendation.
[color=Red]IF YOU LIKED... Hitch Hike, Death Weekend... YOU’LL LIKE THIS.[/color]