The Ravager (1970)

Article 4093 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-29-2012
Directed by Charles Nizet
Featuring Pierre Agostino, Darlene Dawes, Lynn Hayes
Country: USA
What it is: Psycho exploitation

After having witnessed the torture, rape and murder of a woman, a Vietnam vet, disturbed by his experience, goes on a rampage of rape and destruction.

Those who want to find some sort of message or subtext to this one are welcome to it. To me, it seems obvious that the movie pretty much exists for its exploitation elements; sex scenes followed by bursts of violence, usually involving dynamite. Still, I will credit Pierre Agostino for at least one thing; he looks and acts the part of a disturbed serial killer, and the fact that two of his other movies are THE HOLLYWOOD STRANGLER MEETS THE SKID ROW SLASHER and LAS VEGAS SERIAL KILLER, it seems that playing that type of character is some sort of specialty of his. I suppose the movie could be described as offensive, but, truth to tell, if the artwork on the cover of the DVD is a recreation of the poster for the movie, than the poster is even worse, not to mention a misrepresentation of the movie; it shows a handsome virile-looking young man (instead of the ugly creep in the movie) surrounded by eager and willing nude women. Anybody drawn to the movie by that poster was in for a rude surprise. This one is really for exploitation fans only.


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