Mercy (2000)

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Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.


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1 July 2000 | The Continental Op
B-movie trash at it's best.
Although it is not the most intellectually stimulating movie you will ever see, Mercy is well worth the rental price.

Ellen Barkin plays Katherine Palmer, a homicide detective tracking down a sadistic serial killer who chooses female victims from very wealthy and socially prominent circles.

Palmer finds a connection between the victims in Vicki Kitrrie (Peta Wilson) a mysterious and very seductive blonde who had a sexual connection with many of the victims. It seems that all the women belonged to a group that covertly engaged in lesbian sex and S&M. Palmer suspects someone in the group is the killer and must submerge herself in the women's sexual under world with Kittrie's help.

Yes, the plot is a straight to video exploitation standard. But the production values and the good perfomances by the leads make this a good watch.

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Did You Know?


In the original script, Vickie was a teenager.


Vickie Kittrie: Aren't you just a little bit curious?
Det. Catherine Palmer: What do you wanna do take me to one of your dungeons?
Vickie Kittrie: You'd be amazed of the use we can get out of simple kitchen utensils.


In the beginning of the movie the detectives are examining the dead woman on the bed who is lying with her eyes open. As the camera pans up the dead body, you can notice the corpse blink right before the camera leaves her face. Worse still, the corpse has been mutilated by the killer and is not supposed to have any eyelids at all.

Alternate Versions

Released in theaters at 93 minutes. The American DVD release features the "International Version" of the film which runs 117 minutes. This unrated, unedited version has longer scenes and new footage, added some of which are:

  • The sex scene between Detective Palmer and the mechanic is longer and more explicit, plus a scene afterward showing Palmer arrives home at her house, pouring drinks for herself, and having visions of a nude man in her bathroom, her ex-husband, along with a chestnut haired woman.
  • A shot of Vicki smoking heroin ("chasing the dragon") after Palmer interogates her as well as her looking over photos of her little sister.
  • A fantasy shot of Palmer punching the chestnut haired woman in the bar, and then explaining to Vicki that it's the woman who her husband cheated on, as well as more dialoge where Detective Palmer explains to Vicki about her marriage and her husband.
  • The dreams Palmer has of the victums is longer and more explicit which include a man performing sex on one of them.
  • The scene where Detective Palmer discovers Vicki's dead body show her crying after discovering the photo of Vicki and her sister, and then assaulting one of the detectives who walk in and make a disparaging comment about Vicki being a dyke and so on.
  • After the wounded Palmer fataly stabs Mary with a knife, Mary holds Palmer's hand as she breaths her dying breath.


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Written and Performed by
Deborah Falconer


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