Directed by: Paul Ragsdale and Angelica De Alba
Written by: Paul Ragsdale and Angelica De Alba
1 HOUR 41 MINUTES
Streets of Vengeance is pure sleaze. A trash film that revels in its filth and mediocrity, throwing wink-and-nod after wink-and-nod towards the cinematic forerunners which inspired it. While I appreciate homage, there is always the danger of flirting to the point of sacrificing self-identity. Streets doesn't quite lose it, but it does get close enough that focus and pacing become a problem, not good when you already have the challenges of low budget filmmaking to overcome. Thankfully there's still nun-chuck wielding, porn star powered, neon lit justice to be had, and on that front, the film delivers as promised. Ultimately it'll be your ability or inability to have those positives propel you past the admittedly glaring issues, that determines whether or not you enjoy the film.
I'm down for whatever Paul Ragsdale and Angelica de Alba have planned next, but I do hope we get to see something that's more uniquely theirs.
Where to begin on this trashtastic film? First of all free the god damn nip. The women playing porn stars were always covering their boobs with their hands, but If you’re a porn star you would never hide your boobs. It’s a small thing, but it irritated the hell out me--everyone loves boobs!
Anyway, the music and the atmosphere in this film is spot on. The acting, while not academy award material carries a Troma-esque tone, and fits this film like a glove. While some of the camera work was shoddy, there was a lot of passion and some really nice looking scenes with homages to various classics. Adding a little Ginger Lynn & Joanna Angel didn’t hurt either. Surprisingly, I thought that the story was one of the film's strong points and I really enjoyed it.
Personally I thought that the biggest flaw of the film -- what brought it down -- was the lack of continuity. The movie was all over the place, and sometimes I had a hard time remembering who was connected to who and what the hell was going on. Though the ending was a lot of fun and featured some fantastic gore, I would’ve liked more variety and quality of gore throughout the film. Though Streets of Vengeance may not be for everyone, if you’re in to trashy films, make sure to get your hands on this little gem.