Blood Rage

Blood Rage, Slasher, Nightmare at Shadow Woods, Complex Decapitation Severed Head, Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Marianne Kanter, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen, Bill Cakmis, James Farrell, Ed French, William Fuller, 

Blood Rage (AKA: Slasher. AKA Nightmare at Shadow Woods. AKA Complex): an evil child frames his twin brother for murder – 10 years on, when the sane brother escapes from an asylum, he finally has an excuse to kill again. The clunky dialogue and bog-standard horror scenarios really emphasise the wooden performances – championed by the mum, who is drunk in one scene, then normal, then catatonic, then madly cleaning, then scoffing food off the floor… she’s laughably terrible. Strangely, the direction itself isn’t bad; conjuring up some striking and iconic images, and the ‘twins’ aspect (both played by the same actor) is well done; arguably the most impressive thing about the film. Despite the catalogue of unintentional missteps it’s a fun enough film to watch – namely due to the comically extreme and over the top slashtastic gore: entire sets are painted red, and limbs & bodies end up everywhere. Mash this all together and it kind of works in a weird, HDTGM type of way (nothing about the story makes sense). While Blood Rage isn’t a great film in anyone’s book; it’s the best type of bad film, for having a high body count, and being knowingly bad (like the Cranberry sauce zinger!). it can still be enjoyed, and is prime for cult viewings and drinking games.

Score: 3/10
B-Movie Score: 7/10

The Arrow Blu Ray 2K restoration is great: the film looks cleaner and brighter than it has any right to be, and – as always – there are shedloads of behind the scenes, extras and interviews with the cast. Making this a must-have for B-Movie aficionados. 

Blood Rage, Slasher, Nightmare at Shadow Woods, Complex Lingerie Nightgown, Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Marianne Kanter, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen, Bill Cakmis, James Farrell, Ed French, William Fuller, 

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5 comments
  1. drhumpp said:

    I really want to see this, I just hate how much it costs to get an Arrow release in Canada.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      They’re expensive in the UK too, but if you love the film I always think that their restoration and additional content are second to none.

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      • drhumpp said:

        I agree completely. I just find I now have a limited budget for this kind of stuff. I have to be careful and only pick the best. More often than not, I count on certain companies (Arrow, Synapse, etc.) to put out high quality. I’m still kind of kicking myself that I didn’t get Arrow’s Society in the special packaging.

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        • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

          There’s nothing worse than paying top dollar for a terrible film. I used to get stung a lot with the old Vipco releases – some of them were barely passable as movies, but they were always ‘notorious’ and usually previously banned… which is usually enough to get a teenager to fork out the cash!

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          • drhumpp said:

            In the late 90s, I would buy just about everything Anchor Bay put out. When it was still VHS, the clamshells weren’t bad at about $15 each, but when they first started with DVDs, they wanted $30 retail. I saw some great movies, but I spent a ton of money.

            Notorious and banned movies have always been a weak spot for me too. I’m getting better, but they’re still hard to resist.

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