Next month Drafthouse Films is re-releasing a digitally restored version of Ms. 45, Abel Ferrara's female revenge classic from 1981, followed by a home release in March, and we have the one-sheet for you! The poster was designed by the artist Seek and Speak, also known as Brandon Schaefer. The posters are available for purchase for $7.99 on the DHF website.
Ms. 45 returns to theaters on Friday, December 13 in select cities before rolling out into additional markets through early next year.
The film follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/ musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund – who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites a one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. The repertory title will be hitting the big screen in major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle. The film will also be available on DVD & Blu-Ray uncut for the first time in North America during the VOD/ digital and home entertainment release in March 2014.
Fiercely independent auteur Abel Ferrara debuted with the infamous 1979 D.I.Y. cult classic The Driller Killer, which established his signature fusion of NYC despair, calculated stylish flourishes and idiosyncratic humor. Two years later, his follow-up feature Ms. 45 starred the then 18-year-old Zoë Lund, and explored similar themes while executing a uniquely feminist entry in the urban revenge subgenre. In Brad Stevens’ biography Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision, Ferrara recalls of the film, 'it shook people up to see an innocent person like themselves suddenly becoming a wanton murderer.' Combining the rampaging angst of 1976’s Death Wish and Roman Polanski’s surreal, post-traumatic Repulsion, Ms. 45 returns from the cult underground over 30 years later to reclaim its title as perhaps the most shocking, complex and empowering vigilante film of the 1980s.
The film's been remastered in HD from the original negative materials, and it's a huge get for Drafthouse Films, who remain dedicated to bringing the furthest reaches of cinema to audiences everywhere. DHF Creative Director Evan Husney said the company wants "to build a selection of films which destroy the barriers between ‘art-house’ and ‘grindhouse.’ 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.”
You can see the original trailer for Ms. 45 below. Fans can download two tracks from the film’s original soundtrack (soon to be released for the first time ever by UK’s Death Waltz Records) for free right here.