Ms. 45 / New Digital Restoration


Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, Driller Killer) lurid, gritty and often hallucinatory 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 (aka Angel of Vengeance) 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 her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Combining the “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” angst of 1976′s Death Wish and Roman Polanski’s surreal, post-traumatic Repulsion, the controversial Ms. 45 returns from the cult underground over 30 years after its original release to reclaim its title as perhaps the most shocking, complex and empowering vigilante/urban revenge film of the 1980s. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials, Ms. 45 returns to theaters in all its original, uncensored glory – the first time the film has been released uncut in North America since its original 1981 release. (Dir. by Abel Ferrara, 1981, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated, Drafthouse Films) Digital