MAD COWGIRL – The Dungeon Review!

mad cowgirlMercy! It was a real bitch trying to summarize my thoughts on this one. A wonderfully weird and
twisted premise and an excellent lead performance by Sarah Lassez. So excellent in fact, I felt compelled to look her up on IMDB to see what else she’s been up to. This independent film is low on budget but high on imagination. Perhaps a little too high. If you asked my husband he would tell you the director was high on something, but he wouldn’t say imagination. We definitely did not see eye to eye on this one.

The story of Therese, an ass-kicking health inspector with a failed marriage, an on-going affair with a creepy televangelist, nymphomania, and an obsession with old kung-fu movies. Further complicating her life is a very questionable relationship with her brother Thierry, a meat importer who may (or may not) have infected her with mad cow disease.

‘Mad Cowgirl’ is presented in a rather peculiar and sometimes convuluted manner. But much of that was due to the fact that Therese was feverish in the brain. In fairness I can’t discount all the weirdness to that. I must say the appearance of Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original Star Trek series, as her evangelist love interest was an odd choice and a bit creepy. There are two characters that spoke to her in other languages, her mother and her doctor, which they subtitled, but she always replied to them in english. It didn’t really add anything or have any purpose that I could figure. We never actually know whether Therese is actually suffering from Mad Cow disease, as there are several meetings with her doctor and he never once utters this. He does indeed tell her she is sick with some manner of rare brain thing. She is a health inspector who is working during a massive mad cow scare. Not to mention she has a brother who is a meat importer that has less than sterile habits. She consistently harps on him about it, but still allows him to pass inspections. It is perfectly understandable that as her sickness progresses that she could come still from mad cowgirlto believe just about anything. She does, after all, eat tons and tons of meat. The amount of meat this woman consumed started to make me gag. She also has tons and tons of sex. If she wasn’t going to die from a rare brain thing, she was probably going to die of some meat-related issue anyway. Or perhaps some sexually transmitted disease. In her madness she believes she is being called upon to exterminate The Tigers of Kwan Tang. The Tigers are a fictional gang from a cheesy martial arts program she watches obsessively. Unfortunately this epiphany comes fairly late in the film and they jam a lot of violent images into far too short of a timeframe. These are all quick cuts and obscured shots through screens. Considering how interesting and eccentric Therese is, this film should never have had a dull moment. The director stretches out several scenes where nothing really happens and waits too long to kick up the action. I still think there is plenty to cheer about in this kooky little film but it definitely would have benefitted from some tightening. It’s pretty light on horror so I can see it appealing more to those who enjoy strange and unusual independent films than genre fans. Recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Gregory Hatanaka

Starring: Sarah Lassez, James Duval, Devon Odessa, Vic Chao, Walter Koenig, Christo Dimassis and Linton Semage

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