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Drafthouse Films Nabs Abel Ferrara's 1981 Revenge Thriller 'Ms. 45' for Remastered Theatrical and Blu-ray Release (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2013 at 1:00PM

Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Abel Ferrara's 1981 classic revenge thriller "Ms. 45," which follows a mute garment seamstress (the late Zoe Lund) who starts a homicidal rampage against the NYC male population after she's fallen victim to one too many assaults. Check out the vintage '81 trailer, below.
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Zoe Lund in "Ms. 45"
Zoe Lund in "Ms. 45"

Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Abel Ferrara's 1981 classic revenge thriller "Ms. 45," which follows a mute garment seamstress (the late Zoe Lund) who starts a homicidal rampage against the NYC male population after she's fallen victim to one too many assaults. 

The film has been remastered in HD from original negative materials, and will hit theaters in December, followed by an uncut DVD and Blu-ray release.

Here's a bit more about Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant," "King of New York") and "Ms. 45":

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.

To whet your appetite, here's the vintage 1981 trailer for the film:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.