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Two young thugs kidnap a young girl and keep her in the basement of an old warehouse where they forcibly make her their sex slave.

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Cast overview:
Byron Mabe ...
Carl Walker Jr.
Jerome Eden ...
Jameison Marsh
Mai Jansson ...
Jane Collins
Carol Dark ...
Ellen
Linda Cochran ...
Kathy
Kathy Sharpe ...
Joanna
Sandra Sinclair ...
Joanna's Friend (as Sandy Sind)
Mimi Marlowe ...
Mrs. Olson
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Carl Walker Jr, and Jameison Marsh are two wealthy and spoiled young men whom date and degrate women just for their own twisted, misogynist enjoyment. When men spot Jane Collins, a young and naive newcomer to Los Angeles, they kidnap her from her apartment and hold her prisoner in the dark and damp basement of an abandoned warehouse where they take out their carnal desires and rages against this beautiful, blond, defenseless woman. Written by Matt Patay

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A shattering study of the sick set for shockproof adults See more »

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1 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Les profanateurs  »

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$11,000 (estimated)
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As Carl and Jameison drive away after dropping Jane off in the Valley a boom microphone shadow is plainly visible on the car and road. See more »

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One of the first and best "roughie" exploitation films
8 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Defilers" is a sick and mean-spirited piece of trash that no one outside of exploitation fans would find worthwhile. However, being a huge fan of vintage psychotronic and grindhouse film-making, I found myself enjoying this. Place it in the guilty pleasure category if you will, but "The Defilers" is actually a competently made flick. Its rough and unpolished, but there wouldn't be a better way to complement the sordid storyline and despicable characters. Running just over an hour, its quite taut and never outstays its depraved welcome. The story is similar to Leopold and Loeb for the sadomasochistic set.

The acting, for this kind of flick, is pretty effective. While they're no John Dall and Farley Granger (the stars of "Rope"), Byron Mabe and Jerome Eden play the hepcat psychopaths pretty well. They're both believably sadistic and depraved. In particular, Jerome Eden infuses his one-note sidekick character with a degree of depth not usually seen in David Friedman productions. As the victim, Mai Jansson isn't very good in the acting department, but her screams during the kidnapping scenes are unsettlingly realistic. The direction by Lee Frost keeps the story moving and thankfully avoids filler.

Those expecting a significantly disturbing picture won't find one here. This film is sick minded to be sure, but so campy (espescially the "cool" beatnik jive talk) you can't help but often laugh at it. The inclusion of drugs as the source for the sadists' kicks places this even further in the schlock category. "The Defilers" is an enjoyable roughie film. On a side note, does anyone find the roughie genre a bit interesting as a moral double standard? It was created because since the courts wouldn't allow actual sex in a film yet, the roughies decided to fill their films up with sadomasochistic (and very misogynist) violence. So its alright to portray violence against women but not making love to them? Oh well, I'm probably looking too deep into these things again. (7/10)


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