Released in 1982, Vice Squad initially came into my orbit thanks to a less than flattering review from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel that peaked my interest. Didn't make the scene while it played theaters, but I immediately grabbed it for a rental when it popped up in my local video store.
Directed by Gary Sherman (Raw Meat, Dead & Buried, Poltergeist III); Vice Squad delivers a dark, slimy, and violent experience for the viewer. The movie offers more than one might expect from similar genre films and reportedly received strong praise from celebrated director Martin Scorsese.
Taking place on the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles, the film centers on Princess (Season Hubley), a street prostitute who is pressured to aid the police in apprehending the psychotic and hyper violent pimp Ramrod (Wings Hauser) after he murders a prostitute named Ginger; this cameo is played by Nina Blackwood. Of course this simple plan is further complicated when Ramrod escapes police custody with murderous revenge on his mind.