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A 1981 movie directed by Abel Ferrara that tells the story of a mute seamstress, Thana (Zoe Lund), that is brutally raped twice in one day and snaps. She goes on a killing spree in New York City; shooting any man she encounters with a .45 caliber pistol.

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  • All Men Are Perverts: Virtually every male in this movie tries to come on to Thana or her co-workers. At least, that we see through her eyes.
  • Between My Legs: Used on the poster. It depicts one of the White Gang-Bangers cowering, framed between Thana's stocking-clad legs.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: The last man Thana shoots at the Halloween party is dressed as a bride, and he slumps to the ground with blood all over his dress.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Thana never reloads, never purchases additional bullets after taking the gun from the second rapist, and never runs out of ammunition.
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  • Cute and Psycho: Thana is a Cute Mute who becomes a Spree Killer after being raped.
  • Cute Mute: Thana is very cute in a The Girl Next Door kind of way. When she glams herself to go trolling for men, she is absolutely stunning.
  • Does Not Like Men: Thana. Understandable, since she was raped twice by men.
  • Groin Attack: Thana shoots the sheik in the groin in the back of his limo.
  • Kick the Dog: Literally - Thana mistreats her landlady's dog quite badly.
  • Meaningful Name: "Thana", the name of the Villain Protagonist, is derived from the name for the Greek god of Death, "Thanatos". Thanatos can also refer to the term coined by Sigmund Freud, which refers to death instinct in humans.
  • Mister Muffykins: Thana's landlady owns an annoying pug named Phil, who barks incessantly and keeps threatening to uncover the corpse Thana has concealed in her apartment. Than ultimately takes Phil for a walk, planning to kill him. However, she ultimately unable to do so.
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  • Mugging the Monster: A group of White Gang-Bangers isolate Thana in the park and start circling menacingly around her. This ends badly for them.
  • Pimp Duds: One of the men Thana shoots is a pimp who is slapping around one of his girls. He is dressed in a luxurious coat, a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Professionals Do It on Desks: The women in Thana's workplace are treated to the spectacle of a boss and one of his employees having sex on the desk in his office across the street.
  • Rape and Revenge: Thana is raped twice in one day, and then becomes a vigilante.
  • Rape Is The New Dead Parents: Thana becomes a vigilante (in a very loose definition of the word) after being raped twice in one day.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: After being raped twice in one day, Thana goes off the deep end and starts killing any man she considers sexually aggressive towards her, and finally just any man.
  • Revenge Against Men: The film is a Rape and Revenge story about Thana, a mute woman who becomes a Spree Killer after she is raped twice in one day when going home from work.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A mute woman goes on one of these rampages after being brutally raped twice. Thana ultimately loses herself, starting to target innocent men, and is ultimately killed.
  • Sanity Slippage: At first, Thana only kills men who attempt to take advantage of her. Later, as she loses more of her sanity, she kills any man unlucky enough to be near her.
  • The Speechless: Thana. Although she screams when she is stabbed in the back by Laurie. And her only word is "sister", before she falls down dead.
  • Spree Killer: Thana becomes when she goes completely off the deep end; gunning down any man she encounters.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Much of the film has dream like quality, and it is not clear how many of the event after the rape scenes are real, and how many are the result of Thana's Sanity Slippage.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's not clear how much of what we see after the rape scenes is real and how much is filtered through Thana's mental collapse.
  • Villain Protagonist: As sympathetic as she may be, Thana is still a mass murderer, and many of her victims are guilty of no more than being slightly obnoxious to her. By the end of the film, they are guilty only of being male.
  • White Gang-Bangers: A multiracial gang attempts to attack Thana in the park. This ends badly for them.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Considering the traumatic ordeal that she's forced to endure, can you really blame Thana for having snapped?
  • You Would Make a Great Model: A photographer attempts to lure Thana up to his studio by offering to take some shots of her. Once there, Thana takes some shots at him, and doesn't miss.

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