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Tenement (1985)

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A drug selling and violent street-gang terrorize the renters of a big trashy apartment-house.

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Joe Lynn ...
Sam Washington
Mina Bern ...
Ruth (as Mina Bern Bonas)
Walter Bryant ...
Mr. Wesley
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Carol
Angel David ...
Poppo
Martha De La Cruz ...
Anna (as Martha DeLaCruz)
Rhetta Hughes ...
Leona
Larry Lara ...
Rojas
Alfonso Manosalvas ...
Mr. Gonzales
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Anita
Jaime Roman ...
Carlos
Olivia Ward ...
Mrs. Wesley
Jorge Baqueiro ...
Charlie
Sylvia Medina ...
Maria
Chyann P. Robertson ...
Jeanne
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A South Bronx gang rape and kill the residents of an isolated tenement. The tables turn and the surviving residents viciously despatch the gang. There is a gruesome scene depicting the repeated stabbing of the leader with a TV aerial followed by a lightning strike for good measure. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Director Roberta Findlay says the savage rape of Leona (Rhetta Hughes) was inspired by a real life incident in the 60's wherein a lady named Kitty Genovese was raped for as much as 20 minutes or half an hour while tenants chose to remain apathetic to her plight. See more »

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Tenement
Sung by the Kool Krew
Written by Pete Warner, Denise L. Davis and David Baughan
Produced, Arranged and Performed by Pete Warner and Denise L. Davis
© 1985 Zip Zap Music, ASCAP/Warner's Thunder Music, SESAC
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could benefit from a remake, actually...
7 October 2005 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

A street gang squatting in the basement of the worn-down title structure is thrown in jail, only to be released the same day, and gunning for the occupants who turned them in. Thus begins "Tenement," a bargain-basement attempt at outdoing the violence and depravity of "Last House on the Left" and its imitators. Instead of increasing its admittedly warped charm, the low budget instead hinders the production, with lamely rendered deaths (that employ the same Campbell's Tomato Soup blood FX), a plodding pace, uneven acting, and some of the most regrettable fashions of the 1980s (which is saying a lot). Director Roberta Findlay (co-author of the notorious "Snuff") poorly juggles windy dialog scenes intercut with violence that is more shocking in theory than execution (the broom-handle rape being a prime example), but also presents a few daringly unconventional characters (including a woman who whores herself out to support her boyfriend's heroin addiction) that raise the interest factor a little. "Tenement," long a lost video relic from the '80s, didn't necessarily deserve to be found, but could actually benefit from a decent remake.


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