BY BLAINE MCLAREN
Holy shit, this movie is full of nudity! I say this up front, because the film has a ton of it. From beginning to end there is a cavalcade of beautiful, nude women on display. Paul Ragsdale’s sophomore feature, Streets of Vengeance, is a whirlwind of sex and violence that has a lot of things going on in it. Some things work and others don’t, but ultimately it is a lot of fun and does not shy away from female empowerment.
This is that age-old tale of an ex adult film star who is being stalked by a murderous cult of misogynistic men. These “He-man, woman haters” call themselves The Sword and they are dead-set on reigning terror on both feminists and adult film actresses. After Mila (Delawna McKinney) is attacked, the ladies band together in search of vengeance.
Streets of Vengeance is sexploitation, through and through. It never takes itself too seriously and it relishes in letting the actors give fun, over-the-top performances. Most of the actors kill it, but there are a few cameos that interrupt the vibe and (seemingly) stall the film’s progress. Paul Ragsdale’s direction is spot on and the lighting is stunning. The issue for me is found in its long runtime. The film clocks in at almost 2 hours and (I feel) the film would have benefitted from editing down some scenes. This may not be an issue for some people, but when it comes to exploitation films, I prefer them short and sweet. This one may not have completely connected with me, but it still has a lot to offer. After seeing Streets of Vengeance I am curious to see Mr. Ragsdale’s first film (Cinco De Mayo) and any other output, because I really enjoyed his stylistic choices. STREETS OF VENGEANCE is currently playing in film festivals and please follow the release info at https://www.facebook.com/streetsofvengeance/