Cruising in a way reminded me of William Lustig’s gritty and sometimes slow action film Maniac. That being said, Maniac star Joe Spinell also makes an appearance in Cruising as a misogynistic cop that forces drag queen prostitutes to perform fellatio on him. Not only does Cruising feature the depravity of the ultra macho S&M subculture, but it also features unexpected members of it. Cruising will be sure to scare anyone the next time they encounter a cop after watching it.
Cruising also features a notable soundtrack that compliments the overall chaotic nature of the film. Originally, the punk legends The Germs were supposed to contribute a number of songs to the films soundtrack. I found it unfortunate that only one The Germs song (Lion’s Share) made the film. The legendary singer of The Germs, Darby Crash, was also a sadistic homosexual that found his idols in Adolf Hitler, Oswald Spengler, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Charles Manson. With Darby Crash’s style of dress and belligerent personality, he would have fit perfectly as one of the of the leather clad men looking to suffer permanent damage after a night at an S&M bar.