Vice Squad (1982)

Gary Sherman directs Season Hubley, Gary Swanson and Wings Hauser in this thriller where a sadistic pimp chases a high class call girl over an L.A. night.

“Pimp stick.” “Around the world.” “Half and Half.” This looks sleazy as fuck, and the screenwriter has certainly walked the mean sidewalks of the Hollywood prostitution scene long enough to learn all the current lingo. The on-location night shoot and the unstoppable brute played with relish by Wings Hauser give this a similar vibe to The Terminator. And it often has the well researched, deep dive feel of Cruising. It is nowhere near as thrilling or illicit as either of those Hard R classics though, and it has a habit of lurching into both melodrama and farce whenever the chase dynamic is put on the back burner. Season Hubley doesn’t really convince as a sex worker either, contrivances like her suburban lifestyle do let this down. Not a terrible little one-watcher though.

5

Perfect Double Bill: Fear City (1984)

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