Wednesday, October 23, 2013
BLOOD RAGE (1987)
Most killers in slasher flicks have some disturbing event, like the guy getting burned in THE BURNING or Jason drowning in FRIDAY THE 13TH, that set them on their killing ways. In this movie our killer sees his mom making out at a drive-in, where THE HOUSE THAT CRIED MURDER is playing, and goes off and kills someone with a hatchet. This seems like quite an over-reaction for something that at worst would be mildly disturbing. There's also a twin brother, played by the same actor, Mark Soper, who gets blamed for his evil brother's actions. Now there is a way to film this movie where we don't know who the real killer is and there would be some sense of mystery involved(which I guess would make this into more of a giallo really) but the director here, John Grissmer, instead just goes on to lay it all out for us in typical dumb slasher movie fashion. At least there is some gore and boobs on display: a lady gets hacked in half, a guy loses a hand, many faces are whacked with machetes and there's the prerequisite shower scene. Louise Lasser from that MARY HARTMAN show plays the wacky mom of our killer and she's pretty annoying as are a lot of things that happen in this movie. Maybe worth a watch if you just want some gore but there are a bunch more entertaining 80's slasher out there.
Apparently this was shot in 1983 and not released theatrically until '87, with all the gore cut out, as NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS and then released with gore on VHS as BLOOD RAGE.
There is a 1979 BLOODRAGE(all one word) that I have yet to watch that looks pretty sleazy about a guy who kills hookers.