Drafthouse Films has been bringing you some of the most interesting new films from all over the globe, with movies like A Field In England, The Congress and Why Don't You Play In Hell all coming up soon. But they also curate return engagements of some of the best movies of the past, movies like The Miami Connection and Wake in Fright. Add to that group a true gritty New York City classic, Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45.
Ferrara would go on to make movies like Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, but Ms. 45 is one of his earliest and most vital works. It's a unique entry in the urban vengeance/vigilante genre, with Zoe Lund playing a woman who is pushed too far and who begins taking bloody revenge on all the men of New York City. Thrilling and disturbing, hard hitting and plain awesome, Ms. 45 is a scuzzy masterpiece.
"One of the primary missions with Drafthouse Films is to build a selection of films which destroy the barriers between 'art-house' and 'grindhouse," says Creative Director Evan Husney, "and Abel Ferrara's work embodies just that. Ms. 45 is one of those fringe '80s films that has been somewhat marginalized as pure exploitation, so we are beyond thrilled to reintroduce it to a new audience of cinephiles."
Drafthouse is releasing the uncut version of Ms. 45 for the first time in America, and they'll also be putting a newly remastered print out on Blu. On top of that, they've teamed with Deathwaltz Records to release the film's soundtrack for the first time ever. You can click here to listen to two tracks!
I can't tell you how excited I am to see a new generation discover this film. It's going to be controversial and it's going to be exciting.