Forced Entry

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The conflict in Vietnam had a severe impact on the lives of the soldiers who served there, an impact that didn’t end once they were back home. The social climate was tense, which led to cold receptions for the soldiers as they returned, but the mental and emotional issues ran much deeper. One such veteran (Harry Reems) has come home with a mind obsessed with violence, but out of the battlefield, no outlet to release his rage. He now works at a small gas station, where he uses the credit card receipts to gather information on female customers, ones he takes an interest in. Once he has the address of the woman, he heads to her place and has both a gun and knife by his side. He intends to use the gun to impose his will, rape the women in brutal fashion, then use the blade to end their lives. As he begins to stalk his innocent victims, will his mind ever snap back onto the right track and if not, will anyone be able to end his reign of terror?

A lot of films promise to shock audiences, but few deliver on that claim. The presence of graphic violence or sex is used as a tool to promote certain films, even if the actual content isn’t as horrific as advertised. But one film that shocks as intended is Forced Entry, a movie sure to offend and upset. This low budget ($6200 total) effort from 1970 follows a maniac as he rapes and kills various women. The issue of rape in cinema is of course controversial, but here, where the sex is on screen, the issue is even more powerful and disturbing. Even graphic rapes shown on screen can be intense, but this is real sex and the tone is brutal, so Forced Entry takes a road few others would dare. The acting is not good and the story is decent, but has no depth. This is a nasty movie that has earned a reputation as a shocker, but little else. I can’t imagine this being a frequent watch for anyone, but for those interested, After Hours Cinema’s release is the best option.

Video: How does it look?

Forced Entry is presented in full frame, as intended. This transfer was made from the only existing film elements, which means this is as good as it gets. Sadly, the print is in bad condition and looks quite worn. The image is soft and plagued by grain and debris, so don’t expect too much. This is not the kind of film that will be given a full restoration however, so really, I can’t be too harsh, as at least the film survived to be seen.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio doesn’t fare much better than the video, but again, you can make out what you need to. This movie isn’t high on dialogue or any audio elements to be honest, it has a raw and live texture. Keep in mind, this movie was shot in two days on less than cutting edge equipment over three decades ago, so we can’t hold it to the highest of standards. Does it sound good? No, but this is probably the best treatment the soundtrack will be given.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes three erotic loops, which run about ten minutes each.

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