Writers: David Kidd, H.R. Christian
Composer: Bill Marx
Starring: Jo Ann Haris, Peter Brown, Jennifer Lee, Lisa Moore, Connie Strickland, Patricia Estrin, Lada Edmund Jr., Tony Young, Steve Kanaly, Ross Elliott, John Pickard, Ninette Bravo, Stanley Adams
More info: IMDb
Tagline: The Story of The Rape Squad! They all had one thing in common. They had been violated in the same savage way... Now They're Out to Get Even!
Plot: Linda gets raped by a man in a hockey mask. She finds that a few other women have had the same treatment. Together they form a squad that starts looking for the man and also changes the mind of would-be rapists.
My rating: 6.5/10
Will I watch it again? No.
I thought that movie poster looked familiar...
It's a blatant rip off of the Superchick (1973) poster.
Now here's the Friday the 13th movie I've been waiting for!
ACT (aka RAPE SQUAD) isn't that bad. It's a rape revenge flick with a twist. We follow Linda (Harris) from her rape, the cruel treatment she receives at the police station when she reports it and the aftermath of it, all in a male-dominated and chauvinistic world. So she meets with other victims of rape and they form a gang to train in self defense and get their revenge. Hopefully, along the way, they'll empower women and change the violent and sexist minds of men. There's a lot of social commentary going on here and I dig the concerted effort to make this less exploitation-y and really hit the message home. However, and fortunately, this isn't some cheesy after school special and they've got some violence and nudity to throw into the mix. I liked how the camera dances around the identity of the killer so you don't get to see his face full on until near the end. That was clever and effective. A lot of this picture is by the numbers but it's also not without some entertainment value. It's good enough to see once but that's about it. Not a bad picture.