This film is known by many names so I will simply refer to it as "Thriller". Apparently, this movie is also known by the tasteless title "Hooker's Revenge". First off, I enjoyed the film's trailer (especially the narrator's voice) and was pleased that the DVD contains English subtitles. Synapse has released two versions of this film on DVD - "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" (Limited Edition) and "Thriller: They Call Her One-Eye" (Vengeance Edition). The Vengeance Edition has barely any special features, and three minutes of graphic sexual content is cut. Only the Limited Edition has the UNCUT version of Thriller AND it has more special features. However, the Limited Edition's special features (which are not on the Vengeance Edition) are negligible for the most part. And I should add that those three minutes are of hardcore porn that is spliced into the film, much like the annoying hardcore porn that appears in the Blue Underground version of Emanuelle in America. The hardcore porn in Thriller feels like it belongs in the film, and it adds to the impact of the movie, whereas the hardcore scenes in Emanuelle in America seemed out of place. So if you're unwilling to pay more money for the Limited Edition, and can do without a few minutes of hardcore porn, you'd be better off with the Vengeance Edition.
The movie begins with a child named Madeleine playing in a park with an old man. Then she is molested by the old man. There is thankfully no nudity in this scene. But they actually show what is happening from Madeleine's perspective, and we can hear her screaming, so I found this scene to be the most unpleasant part of the movie. Then we cut to her all-grown up and doing chores at her family's farm. We learn that Madeleine has been a mute ever since she was attacked, and that her loving parents have spent a fortune taking her to doctors to cure her mutism, but to no avail. Then Madeleine intends to take a bus into town, but she misses the bus. Then some suave dude named Tony offers her a ride into town in his fancy car. He wines and dines her, then drugs her and shoots her unconscious body full of heroin! Addicted to heroin, she'll die in 48 hours unless he gives her another fix. And the only way he'll do that, is if she agrees to prostitute herself, and give him all of her earnings.
Madeleine initially resists Tony, so he decides to "scar her for life". He grabs a scalpel and tries to stab her in the eye. She grabs his arm, and tries in vain to keep the scalpel at bay. Then the scalpel is slowly lowered on Madeleine until it eventually pierces her eye. I liked how the struggle made it take so long before the scalpel pierced her. If the action in that scene was any faster, I think the eye-gouging would've had less of an impact on viewers. And I was glad it wasn't in slow-motion either. It's rumoured that a cadaver was used for the close-up of the scalpel piercing the eye, and it sure looked like a cadaver that was used. But that brings me to a complaint about that scene. The eye is open, and never blinks once as the scalpel pierces the eye. So in the end, the eye-gouge scene looks fake, whether it was used on a real body or not. So I can't say the eye-gouge scene disturbed me. However, most viewers will find the eye-gouge scene unnecessarily cruel for this movie. But I would say it suits this film perfectly. Afterall, Quentin Tarantino didn't call Thriller "the roughest revenge movie ever made" for nothing!
After learning of her parents' deaths, Madeleine starts saving her money, and takes gun lessons, stunt-driving lessons, and martial arts lessons. She plans to take violent revenge on those who have done her wrong. But why didn't she go to the police? You just have to conclude they wouldn't help her. And you also have to conclude that Sweden had no drug rehab clinics back then. Frankly, I think the police would've helped her. As to whether or not there were any drug rehab clinics in Sweden back then, I have no idea.
After completing her courses, she gets a car, a lot of heroin, and arms herself. Then she sets out for revenge. I should also add that whenever she kills or injures someone, it's done in slow-motion sequences that seem to last forever. She arrives at one customer's doorstep, and blows him away. As to how she tracked him down, we don't know. Then she blows away two of her other regular customers at an old racetrack. We also have no idea how she managed to find them. Then she goes to a harbour, wastes Tony's goons, and beats the crap out of two cops. Unfortunately, the slow-motion sequences when she is shooting people is just annoying. But I have to admit that the part when she beats up the cops looks good in slow-motion - it makes the beating she's giving them seem more severe. It lasts a long time, but it's cool. The Limited Edition DVD has an "alternate harbour fight", which shows her fighting the cops with less slow-motion, and the fight looks less impressive with less slow-motion. Then she steals the police car and goes after Tony, with the funny police siren wailing the entire time. Along the way there's some unintentional hilarity, as she kills lots of innocent people for no reason by running lots of other cars off the road, which explode into raging infernos at the slightest impact. However, at the same time I have to admit that the chase sequences in the police car are pretty cool. And I liked the final showdown. So despite some unintentional hilarity near the end that nearly ruins the film, it's a pretty good movie.