Thriller--A Cruel Picture, stirred up controversy for its violence and unorthodox production.
Christina Lindberg played a young woman--mute after her abuse as a child--who is picked up off the side of the road and forced into heroin addiction and prostitution by a man named Tony who stabs out her eye for refusing a client. The traumatized woman begins saving money to buy weapons and trains in martial arts to exact her revenge on the men who exploited and abused her.
Writer and director Bo Arne Vibenius, under the pen name Alex Fridolinski, set out to make "the most commercial film ever" after his previous work had not only failed to net him any profit but lost him money instead. Despite his ambitions, the film disturbed viewers and the original film was banned by the Swedish Film Censorship Board until it was cut down. The movie drew sharp criticism and disturbed viewers with the use of pornographic clips that were spliced into the film and the use of a real human cadaver to depict the eye-gouging scene. During the drug sequences, Lindberg actually injected a saline solution and many action scenes involved live ammunition and an unlicensed Lindberg behind the wheel--prompting Vibenius to take out a life insurance policy on his star.
The cut down version was released in the US and around the world, establishing Lindberg in the exploitation genre who traveled to Germany and Japan to star in more minor roles. Ultimately, Lindberg left exploitation and her film career behind to pursue journalism but her legendary portrayal as "One-Eye" helped to inspire Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series.