Sunday, November 21, 2010

#107. Vice Squad (1982)

DVD Synopsis: Season Hubley (Hardcore) stars as Princess, a loving single mom turned Hollywood hooker who can provide any depraved pleasure for the right price. But when a volatile cop (Gary Swanson) uses her to trap a sadistic killer, Princess becomes the prey of a psychotic pimp known as Ramrod (a mind-blowing, take-no-prisoners performance by Wings Hauser). Tonight, the neon jungle of Los Angeles will explode in an orgy of vengeance and violence. And the only outlaws more desperate than the hustlers, whores and freaks that rule the streets are the Vice Squad.

On the streets of Hollywood, cops battle it out with pimps, prostitutes, pushers and freaks of all kind. Vice Squad, which covers a single night on Hollywood Boulevard, is well-paced, well directed by Gary Sherman (who also was at the helm of the entertaining Dead & Buried), and very well-acted. 

Season Hubley turns in an impressive performance as a mother who has to work the streets to get by, but it's Wings Hauser who delivers Vice Squad's juiciest turn, playing the psychotic pimp, Ramrod. Ramrod is a real terror; he beats up women for kicks, and has absolutely no fear when confronting the cops (at one point, he even manages to escape custody while handcuffed and sitting in the back seat of a police car). Ramrod is one of the all-time great movie villains, and Hauser's wild-eyed performance is the reason why. 

Also keep an eye out for Nina Blackwood, who was one of the original Vjs on Mtv when the channel launched in 1981. In her screen debut, Blackwood plays Ginger, the first of Ramrod's many victims.

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Root Rot said...

Vice Squad is on my list of semi Mondo movie favs... I haven't heard about this flick in years, so thanks for the remind!

Dave Becker said...

Thanks for the comment, and glad to oblige! This was actually the first time I'd ever seen VICE SQUAD, and I really enjoyed it.

It's the second Gary Sherman-directed movie that really impressed me (the first was DEAD & BURIED), so I'll have to make it a point to check out more of his films.

Trick or Treat Pete said...

Nina there's a blast from the past! I do believe I've seen this one.
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Petunia Scareum

Dave Becker said...

Yeah, I had a big-time crush on her back then (but, for some reason, I always preferred the videos that played when Martha Quinn was hosting).