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Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

måndag 16 april 2018

SHE HAD HER GUN ALL READY (1978)

Directed by: Vivienne Dick
Written by: Vivienne Dick
Stars: Vivienne Dick, Lydia Lunch, Pat Place

Country: USA
Style: Short
Runtime: 27 min
DATE: 2018-04-16 | WRITER: CHRISTOPHER BOUCHIE SCREENSHOTS:

Starring Lydia Lunch and Pat Place, this is among Vivienne Dick’s earliest work and one of the earlier installments in the “No Wave” genre.

When I first read about the film and saw that one of the characters was stalking the other, I assumed that the stalker would be Lydia Lunch. But boy was I mistaken.

Pat Place plays a sketchy stalker type who’s on the prowl for Lydia Lunch, who doesn’t really seem like she’s all that innocent herself.

Moody and full of atmosphere, the film opens with Lunch and Place sitting in an amazingly lit kitchen. Soft pinks and purples, flashes of harsh reds. Lunch asks Place several times what she’s going to do, about what, I’m uncertain, but Place doesn’t have an answer. Place escapes the kitchen through a window. Lunch bides her time awaiting Place’s return by watching television and staring out their window. It really seems like the two were supposed to be a couple. There’s definitely more than friendship going on here. Place spends a lot of time pouting in her kitchen while there’s a voiceover of Lunch talking about Ed Gein. Kind of out of place, but it shows what kind of bizarre character Lunch is here and that she just might not be an innocent victim. From here on out Place follows Lunch around in public, sneaking around and hiding under the brim of her hat. She stalks her for the rest of the film and eventually murders her.

This definitely had a weird feel that seemed inspired by giallos. Specifically, there was a scene where Place is putting on a pair of black gloves and a red scarf. Which she eventually uses to strangle Lunch while riding a rollercoaster. This was really interesting and definitely something I didn’t see coming. It was kind of incredible. It really would’ve felt at home in a sleazy Italian film from the 70’s with a paragraph long name.

As a predecessor to the No Wave films of the 80’s and early 90’s, this feels very different but you can tell that they’re related. I guess that could be because so much changed stylistically between the 70’s and 80’s. There also seemed to be more to this than a lot of the films that followed it.

I really dug this. If anything, it may have felt too slow at times and I found myself waiting impatiently for some kind action. But otherwise it was a really well put together film.








CHRISTOPHER BOUCHIE:

Writer for Twisted Minds. Crazy American guy, collaborates together with his homebro Crack Sizzlack and Four Twenty Film Reviews. Have a great knowledge about movies and music and has been on the track as long as he can remember. He has a huge VHS-collection and is responsible owner of the underground movie distribution label King of the Witches and has written and directed the feature film In Furs (2016).
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