The following is a rough list of my favorite films dealing with revenge! I tried to focus on movies where revenge is central to the plot, but others are included for their important commentary on the subject or the brutality of the act. Since I’ve already made a post about school revenge movies, none of them are featured. This post is dedicated to @congenitaldisease because she inspired me to complete it! All of the descriptions are from IMDb or Wikipedia!
Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs
who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.
Red Road (2006)
Jackie spends her days monitoring a series of
surveillance cameras trained on a rough Glasgow neighborhood. She spots
Clyde, an ex-convict, on one of the screens, then becomes
obsessed with him. When she devises a plan to meet and seduce him, the
reason for her obsession becomes clear.
Katalin Varga (2009)
Varga is cast out of her home when her husband discovers that her son
Orban is not his. Taking Orban with her, Katalin sets out on a long
journey to track down and punish the men who raped her 11 years earlier.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her
womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who
betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and
lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed
The Virgin Spring (1960)
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family’s pregnant and
jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one
returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.
Blue Ruin (2013)
A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside
down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of
vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal
fight to protect his estranged family.
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl
after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems
Buster and Billie (1974)
In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys…
Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
undertaker’s teenage daughter uses pet
spiders to punish her uncle and practical jokers.
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her
domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after
being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea
bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the
killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Edge of Darkness (2010)
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his
activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate
cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with
cleaning up the evidence.
Double Jeopardy (1999)
A woman framed for her husband’s murder suspects he is still alive; as
she has already been tried for the crime, she can’t be re-prosecuted if
she finds and kills him.
The Last House on the Left (1972 & 2009)
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s
birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are
kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)
After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow
loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman
and her family.
The Crow (1994)
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
The Brave One (2007)
A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord’s
home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the
ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things
take an unexpected turn.
The Loved Ones (2009)
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola’s invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.
Shutter (2004 & 2008)
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover
mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They
soon learn that you can not escape your past.
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly
accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for
them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a
price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away…
Straw Dogs (1971 & 2011)
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.
Eye for an Eye (1996)
When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people
who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who
is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living
hell of depravity.
After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a
detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they
get their chance for revenge.
Mean Creek (2004)
When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent
thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor,
is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage
daughters has been brutally murdered.
Red, White And Blue (2010)
A woman attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator
and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t
follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters
into his own hands to find justice.
A college co-ed is brutally raped and struggles alone to rebuild her life.
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a
professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda
form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the
Willard (1971 & 2003)
A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.
Events over the course of one traumatic night in
Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is
brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978 & 2010)
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped,
humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts
down to seek revenge.
1. Joan is older by about 10 months 2. They individually approached Kim about forming an all-girl band and are thus co-founders of the Runaways 3. Joan pushed Sandy into a pool one time and she got pneumonia 4. Rat Scabies, who claims to have slept with Joan (lol nope), got knocked out by Sandy when he was harassing Joan at a hotel 5. They then (and the rest of the Runaways) plotted painful revenge on Rat Scabies together, but didn’t follow through on it because he was no longer famous so it wouldn’t be satisfying 6. When Sid Vicious tried to carry Joan to bed on a houseboat when the Runaways were in London, Sandy threw him overboard into some mud 7. Musically speaking, they banged heads a bit during the making of the final Runaways album, when Joan wanted a more punk/glam sound, and Sandy wanted a more heavy/metal sound 8. Post Runaways-breakup, they would occasionally talk on the phone, but it does not seem that they saw each other much 9. Joan visited Sandy in the year before her death, while on tour in California 10. Joan was unable to make Sandy’s funeral, which seems to have really torn her apart. On Sandy’s death:
“We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer.
I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her we changed the world.”
I honestly don’t understand what people expect Mickey to do about the Kenyatta situation. Every day I read a comment like, “Why doesn’t Mickey do something?” or “Mickey needs to help Mandy” and it’s just…what is he supposed to do? Let’s look at his “options”:
Try to physically fight Kenyatta and make him leave. Yeah no. Idk if people have noticed but that guy is huge. I’m actually pretty sure he’s bigger than Kevin, judging by how tall Mickey is next to both of them. If Mickey were to try and take him on, he would 100% lose, no questions about it. Height and weight are vitally important factors in physical fights. A person who is taller and heavier automatically hits with much more force than a smaller person (this is why they class boxers by weight). Mickey is a tough guy, but he’s small. That’s why every time he’s taken on his father, who is bigger than Mickey but certainly much smaller than Kenyatta, he loses. He can take on slightly bigger guys who can’t/won’t/don’t know howto fight (Kash, Ned, Mr. “Do You Like It Rough?” Lawyer dude, etc.), but against Kenyatta there’s a good chance he’d be seriously injured or even killed.
Take Kenyatta by surprise and kill him like with a knife or a gun. I’m only entertaining this because it seems to be what some people want Mickey to do. To be honest, if you actually think he should do this, you’re kind of an asshole and maybe need to examine some things about yourself. This would make Mickey a murderer. You can argue about justification from a moral and ethical standpoint, but it gets pretty murky for third parties. Legally, it’s no go. If Mandy killed Kenyatta some night (not directly during a fight but like in his sleep or something), she might have a case that the abuse she suffered, plus trauma, and fear for her safety made her actions legally justifiable. Might. But for Mickey, no. They’d charge him with murder, and he’d go to prison for a long time. Adult prison, not kiddy prison. It’s a whole different ball game. Even if you’re somehow ok with that (And like why, why are you ok with that? Are you ok?), this doesn’t take into account the emotional and psychological effect becoming a murderer would have on Mickey. Even if Mickey were to be able to murder Kenyatta and somehow get away with it, this would still be an issue. I know Mickey has talked about killing people before, but we’ve never seen him do it, nor has there ever been any indication that he actually has. When he wanted to kill Frank, he couldn’t go through with it, and I personally don’t believe it was only because Ian didn’t want him to. It was that, and the fact that Mickey is not a murderer. That’s not a weakness. That’s a good thing. His talk of killing Kevin evaporated as well, you’ll notice. He got sidetracked by Ian almost becoming a murderer himself (and Mickey talking him down, hmm, almost as if Mickey thinks that murder is a bad idea too), but he could have continued on with his plan another day. But he didn’t because while he likes to talk shit and blow off steam when he’s pissed, Mickey is not really a killer. Again, that’s a feature, not a bug.
Call the police. So here’s where I have to explain a fundamental divide in our society. You see, white middle and upper class people have a way of viewing the police, that is quite honestly, laughable to all of us who are not white or not upper or middle class. You see the police as your friends, who will protect and save you from “bad people” trying to take all the shit you’ve amassed in your McMansions or whatever. That is not what the police are to the rest of us. They are not our friends. They will not protect or save us. That is not just something we think, that is what we experience with the police, like, every day. Mickey is white, but he’s of low socioeconomic status. He’s from a poor, crime ridden neighborhood. He comes from a family of known criminals, and has a criminal record himself. He is currently a pimp. His house is full of stolen property, guns, illegal immigrants/prostitutes, and a person who is wanted by the United States Military. If he, or anybody else were to call the police, they would maybe show up. Eventually. If there was a domestic disturbance that led to the call, they might arrest Kenyatta or make him leave the residence at that time (this depends on the laws in Illinois which I’m not familiar with), but unless Mandy chose to press charges, it’s unlikely he’d be in jail very long, and there’d be nothing stopping him coming back once the police were gone. Meanwhile, while the police are there “assessing the situation”, they’d be busy trying to assess every other situation they could get their eyes on. If they happened to see anything else that was a crime (gun laying around, drugs, stolen property, etc.), that would give them an excuse to lead a search of the entire residence. I don’t think I have to tell you how that would be bad. That thing that you see on shows like Law & Order where the cops know there are other crimes going on, but ignore it in favor of “helping” an actual victim, is 100% real, grade A bullshit, and I’d be shocked (and annoyed) if Shameless ever portrayed the cops that way. Even if they did arrest Kenyatta, he could take his revenge by ratting out Mickey’s business at the Alibi, or telling the cops about the many unregistered firearms in the house. Because of all of the above, Mickey can’t call the cops.
Make Mandy leave Kenyatta. I’ve already said this elsewhere but Mickey cannot do this. Ian cannot do this (He tried, remember? Worked great, didn’t it?). Mandy is still a person with agency over her own choices. Only she can decide where to live and who with. The only thing Mickey can do is help get her somewhere safe if she ever does decide that’s what she wants to do. That’s what Mickey and Ian tried to do originally. They offered her a safe place to stay temporarily and promised to help her find a more permanent place. In no way should this be construed as blaming Mandy for Kenyatta’s abuse, but the fact still stands that while they can offer her any help that is within their power to give, she has to actually decide to accept it. They can’t force it on her or carry her out of the house against her will.
So in conclusion, none of these options are really feasible, that is if you care about Mickey at all, and want him to survive, not be in prison, etc. And no, I don’t need any messages reminding me that Mickey is a fictional character and Shameless is “just a show”. Yes, I know that. But Shameless is not fucking Harry Potter. These situations have real world analogues, and I find it very disturbing that some people think that a 5'7 abuse victim should get himself killed by a man three times his size or thrown in prison as a matter of “principle” or as part of some fucked up, macho, “protect the womenfolk” weirdness. Gtfo with that shit.
I’m home from work today so this album is being listened to on a weekday morning in my pj’s with coffee and oatmeal. Before I dropped Alex off at the train this morning he asked me if I was going to do a review, and when I said yes he said, “Rats Revenge!” and then ran out of the car.
Instead of the traditional liner notes, this album includes a one page front and back “zine” about each band and song on the album. Looks like this is a compilation album, yet Alex has it organized in the B’s- breaking his system of keeping compilations in the front, but what can you do? I’m gonna read the liner notes in a bit, let’s put on the music!
The first thing I did after starting the record was turn around as I was walking away to turn up the volume, because I can just tell you should listen to this music loud! While the front cover says this music is from “rocking punkers,” from 1966, it’s definitely not punk music yet, I’m pretty sure this type of music falls into the garage rock genre. I discovered garage rock in college when I briefly dated this tall and skinny punk boy who had a million tattoos and went by the name “Buick LaSabre.” He made me a garage rock mix tape which got a lot of play in my Oldsmobile’s tape deck that summer. It makes you want to dance in a cool way, like a little jolty and stiff. You can do a Keith Richards impersonation when dancing to this music, but its super simple and raw sounding, and also really messy sounding too like maybe they aren’t that confident playing their instruments yet.
The back cover of this album has a bunch of black and white pictures of the different bands and they are ALL obviously still teenagers. In one group everyone is wearing button down polka-dot shirts and their pants are really high waisted, but they still all look pretty damn cool. Another group has two people wearing matching striped t-shirts and the guy in the middle kind of looks like Alex, circa 2001.
The thing about this music is, I can’t really tell the difference between the bands and even the songs, I can’t see myself hearing one of these bands later and thinking “Oh that’s the Alarm Clocks, or the Fabs.” I’ve been reading through the zine/insert as I listen and what I can gather is that these bands were actually known for dominating local teen band circuits and playing high school dances and winning battle of the bands competitions. None of them ever really made it big, but they all had great cult followings.
Okay, side two starts with “Rat’s Revenge”, and Alex was right, this is the best song so far. It sounds like “Louie Louie,” but then the vocals are kind of growly and aggressive where the singers are sort of yelling at each other as the bass and guitar keep the beat in the background. And then there’s a serious guitar jam where you could just about lose it on the dance floor. The liner notes say “No dickweed intellectual ‘rock critic’ will never be able to appreciate, analise,(sic) or understand the absolute GENIUS behind a record like this…IT FUCKIN'RULES! Period.” I really love these liner notes. For the song “We all Love Peanut Butter” by the One Way Streets (which is also very good) it says:
“One hot summer day in 1966, two mom-driven station wagons pulled up outside Sunrise Studios in Hamilton, Ohio and out piled 4 insane teens. While their moms set up a table on the lawn outside and played bridge and drank lemonade, the One Way Streets were inside the studio shredding their way through 2 songs they felt would create a major disturbance. As a finishing touch to their wild afternoon, they ripped off an eighty.dollar mike on their way out the door and haven’t been heard of since.”
Every single detail about that anecdote makes me very, very happy.
I like picturing all of these bands as teenage boys being popular in their home towns. I also like how they ended up sounding more aggressive than the main stream rock and roll that everyone knows from the 60s. Like in the songs “Jack the Ripper” and “Psycho,” they do start to sound like punk. Also, these liner notes continue to be really, really, great. You should not listen to this album without reading the notes at the same time. Here’s what they say about “Psycho,” by The Swamp Rats:
“Pittsburgh’s finest at their doggoned wildest!! Jeezus, wotta noise fest!! These guys were the most inspired cover band back then, overlooking the obvious and searching out and recording FRANTIC, LOUD, FAST covers o'then-obscure cuts by the SPARKLES, GOLLIWOGS, & this SUPER-SICK thrashing of the SONICS tune! If this doesn’t provide proof positive that all heavy metal is contrived, limpdick bullshit, nothing will!”
Bottom line: This album is great, the second side rocks out super hard and heavy but the first side is really good too. While downloading this on iTunes might work, I think listening to the album while staring at the photographs and front cover and reading the liner notes (I’m dying to know who wrote them, by the way) will be the most enjoyable way to listen to this music and connect with your inner teenage boy.
The most hilarious part of the whole thing, John thought, was watching his friend talking to nearly every squirrel in St James’ Park. When Sherlock threatened to send him up a tree (“it’s for a good reason, John, that’s the one with the jewel in its stomach!”) the good doctor was not too amused. He got his humour back when the furry tree-rat took revenge though, and decided to do some investigations itself - right up inside Sherlock’s Belstaff.
Cosplay with khorazir in London this weekend (and with lots of squirrely extras!)
roadrat HC: Junkrat carries around black markers to draw those lil laughy faces on everythin, including roadhog, especially roadhog, with a lot of lil hearts too, roadhog doesn't mind, he just scribbles "property of Roadhog" on junkrat's back, accompanied by lil pig faces, sometimes as revenge, rat doesn't mind
omg yes!!! i like to think roadhog has other masks than just the one we see and he lets junkrat decorate them all bright colours and smiley faces, but he dosent wanna ruin his street cred so he only wears them around junkrat. roadhog got junkrat some dry wipe markers to doodle on his main mask with, so he can take them off when he wants, occasionally he keeps ones he really likes until they wash off with rain or get blood on them and have to be rubbed off. i like to think rat doodling on him makes him really blushy and he is never more glad to have a mask to hide it, cuz if junkrat knew he’d never hear the end of it.