A group of women who all get attacked by the same rapist with a hockey-mask and get no help from the police,decide to ban together to make their own neighborhood watch-dog group called "The Rape Squad", as a result, they turn more into thuggish vigilante vandals, attacking pimps, phone breathers and gigolo disco ducks.
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Somebody blow the freakin' whistle! Act of Vengeance (aka The Rape Squad) is a disturbingly creepy exploitation flick that for some reason got pounded into cinematic obscurity. Shameful! It's one of the earliest entries into the rape-revenge genre and desperately deserves to be recognized, like a registered sex offender. So you distributers need to spead em and take one for the sleaze team, this is too good to pass up.
It's the savage tale about Linda, a beautiful young woman who gets raped by a man in a hockey mask (Jason you copycat killer!). She joins a female group of rape victims as they all take steps to enact revenge on their perpetrator.
This movie starts off in extremely shocking fashion. Linda gets slapped around and sexually violated by this stranger in disguise, and to add insult to injury he forces her to sing Jingle Bells during the horrific act. Geez, talk about unnerving. This really forces the viewer to feel her pain and hopelessness. Afterwards when she goes to the police, their questioning is nearly as humiliating as the cops probably haven't taken a rape victim sensitivity class.
Acts of Violence is obviously a product of the 70's--it doesn't skimp out on the graphic violence or clothesless females. The acting doesn't always hit the spot, but what's a grindhouse flick without some overacting and a few annoying high-pitched screeches? Rhetorical dude. Throw in a heavy dose of misogyny, a little bit of comedy, plus a silly predictable climax, and you've got yourself a despicable winner, winner, chicken dinner.