An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.
Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again.
Billy Dee Williams,
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.
The Hold Up (1972) was Ferrara's second short film. The actual short lasts around twelve minutes. Seeing this short, you can tell that Mr. Ferrara had the making of a great director. But with a tiny budget and a cast of friends and neighbors, the final product looks like the work of a young film student. The only surviving copy of this film exists on a shoddy videotape transfer. To enjoy this short you have to watch it on DVD with the director's commentary. Trust me, you'll enjoy it a whole lot more!
An interesting note, the director looped his own voice over the actor who's in the starring role. The short was funded by the school he was attending. Nicholas St. John and Abel Ferrara co-wrote the screenplay. This would be the second collaboration between these life long friends.
Recommended for historical value.
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