Monday, December 20, 2010

Vice Squad (1982)

Director: Gary Sherman

Starring: Season Hubley, Gary Swanson, Wings Hauser

More info: IMDb

Tagline: ...The Real Story.

Plot: A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice squad to help them arrest a brutal pimp named Ramrod for the murder of a prostitute named Ginger. But when Ramrod learns that he was set up, he escapes from police custody and begins a long night of tracking down Princess while Walsh and his vice squad are always one step behind him.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Featured on Stephen Romano Presents Shock Festival (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

I remember catching this on HBO in the early 80s and feeling unclean by Hauser's performance as the monster pimp, Ramrod. He's a real nasty character. 25+ years later, he's still nasty but the movie isn't. I was left disappointed and wanting more - more violence (what little is there is pretty fucking brutal, though), more nudity and a lot more sleaze like the title would suggest. If it were made in the late 70s it seems like it would have been downright nasty. I'm just sayin' would have been nice to come out the other end desperately needing to take a shower. In all fairness, it is worth watching if only for Hauser's performance. He really does play the meanest pimp in screen history. Not something you kids should aspire for, mind you.

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