Wes Craven (Scream (1996)) made his directorial debut with this brutal tale of torture and revenge. Banned in many countries for the first three decades of its release, the controversial, ultra-violent film is actually an inspired remake of Ingmar Bergman’s film Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960). Produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and written and edited by Craven, the film stands as a prototype for which all of today’s horror is compared. A bit campy at times, especially in the beginning, it offers a strong juxtaposition to the traumatic villainy that evolves throughout the film. Littered with deranged behavior that includes instigation of soiling ones self and castration via fellatio, its no wonder the film has the shocking legacy it does. Craven has taken all the social taboos and horrific behavior that his films would eventually become synonymous with and orchestrated them into a very violent, practical, realistic nightmare.
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