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Product Description

A determined woman refuses to relinquish her beachfront paradise to wealthy land developers, who in turn begin a cruel, violent campaign to destroy her and everything she holds dear. Still unwilling to give in, she ends up paying the ultimate price for her courage in a terrifying and brutal assault intended to eliminate her opposition to the sale of her land. Sometimes, however, justice transcends death, and when the woman returns to avenge her losses, there will be no mercy.

Written, directed and edited by revered Australian filmmaker Mark Savage, this highly original, frighteningly brutal and entirely silent feature won Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Actress at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

DVD Extras:

Full-length commentary with Mark Savage, lead/co-producer Susanne Hausschmid and four further cast members

Making-Of featurette

Cast and crew bios

Still Gallery

Production Diary booklet


"A marvelous, stunning, shocking--and shockingly original--piece of cinema." -- b-scared.com

"Achieves the psychological depth of such grindhouse classics as LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS." -- William P. Simmons, sexgoremutants.co.uk

"Mark Savage is one of independent film's unsung heroes." -- Bill Gibron, dvdtalk.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Susanne Hausschmid, George Gladstone, Erin Walsh, Anthony Thorne, Bethany Fisher
  • Directors: Mark Savage
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Subversive Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQ28OM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Defenceless" on IMDb

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul Aragon on August 26, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lately there has been an influx of new revenge films about raped women who go on killing sprees. With the recent releases of the likes of Bad Reputation, Baise Moi, and now Defenceless, one almost feels like they are reliving the turn of the 1980's when such films as I Spit on Your Grave, and Miss. 45 assaulted cinema goers around the world. Defenceless, with its many lurid internet images of its blond headed blood soaked Germanic heroine Susanne Hausschmid, walking the grassy treeless shoreline in a skimpy black halter top, works as effectively as a liquor add on the male libido. Even after purchase, the product continues to intice the senses with its four boastful awards from the Melbourne Underground dotting the cover. They proclaim Defenceless to have the best director, cinematography, and actress, while also being the best movie of the entire year. Once unwrapped we find that the film has plenty of special features including a commentary track and making of featurette. Most impressive of all however, is the six pages of liner notes, which contains a production diary full of behind the scenes stories and film shots. Indeed, with all the care utilized in the packaging, one almost feels like they have just purchased a Criterion Collection release rather then a typical dime a dozen DVD. If there is one thing that Defenceless does do right, it's its ability to build up ones expectations and hopes about the treasures that just might be hiding within the contents of the film itself. The irony here is that once you do place the disc in the tray and push play, you realize within moments that you have just been bamboozled big time. This film is not just bad, its flat out amazing in how bad it actually is.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Otis B. Driftwood on December 4, 2009
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i enjoyed it and it is far from being a movie that is not good enough for at least 2.5 stars.
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