MS. 45 Returns to Theaters (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
Source: Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is restoring and releasing another cult from the vaults. A new theatrical release of Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45 will hit theaters this December. Check out the press release and schedule details below.
Press Release: Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announces a theatrical platform release of Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic Ms. 45. Now remastered in HD from the original negative materials, 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.
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