On her 60th birthday, the owner of a Los Angeles strip club finally has her twenty-five-year-old debt to the mob called in, leading to a horrific spree of violence and revenge throughout the seedy underworld of Los Angeles.
Rosemary Hochschild’s performance as Mary is the real reason to watch this film. The mother of director Orson Oblowitz, she owns the screen every single time she stalks the screen.
The film starts with Mary’s 60th birthday. All she wants is a simple celebration, but fate has different plans as the mob soon kidnaps her son as part of the debt that she must pay. Soon, she has issues with the club and Grace, a girl sold to her as a dancer. She sees something of herself in the girl and wonders how she can help her become free.
While awash in neon, this is a dark film that grows darker with each moment. It telegraphs the grim fate of its protagonist right in the beginning and rams that fact back in your face at the close, still surprising you even though you know what’s coming.
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys adult films, keep your eyes open for appearances by Charlotte Stokely, Asphyxia Noir and Holly Hart.
This is the last movie of Michael Parks and features the music that Bobby Beausoleil — yes, the Manson family member — intended for Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising.