Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Twinning towers of Cheesa!: Blood Rage (1983)
starring: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper and Marianne Kanter
Some time in the 70s, twins Todd and Terry, identical except for their hair color for some reason, had gone out from their parent's car and wandered inside a drive-in to look for some teens making out, just for the kick of it. When they found one, Terry did something he was axing for, hacking the teen boy's face with a conveniently found hatchet while his lover ran away for dear life, streakin' nude. Todd was traumatized frozen upon seeing the act and Terry quickly smothered his brother with blood, putting the blame on him.
Moving towards the present, Terry had now grown loved by his mum, surrounded by friends and living a healthy life; all the while, Todd, still traumatized by the incident, is locked away in an mental asylum as he is still believed to be the killer. But this year, Todd finally snaps out, made his escape and tries his best to alarm his loved ones of the real danger Terry is and apparently he's willing to do anything to show how evil his brother is, even murdering a few folks along the way. Could both boys had lost it? What will become of everybody this Thanksgiving night?
Blood Rage should have been very unwatchable with its over the top dialogue, lazy script and horrible editing; but to see a lady hacked in half with a machete and flail around in an obviously acted scream, or to toss a random little girl looking for her dog in the woods just to have her warned off so easily by a strange sweaty man who may or may not be killing people, may not be as horrible as some people put it.
Yes, the movie is feisty when it comes to its cheddar, almost as if its trying to make the cheesiest horror film there is. At least, despite the high cheese levels, the film did follow an interesting plot, some gory looking kills (even if they were executed in such a cheap manner. The blade touches the skin off-camera, and then we later find them either squirming in half or had their noggins split in the middle like a watermelon), and decent T&A scenes.
Also, this is perhaps one of the few slashers to take on the evil twin plot with much glee and fun, concluding with a rather unexpectedly downbeat ending that was impressively in contrast to its hammy nature; the fact that Todd and Terry's mum shows more love to Terry than her other son harbors a morality tale of favoritism, which gone to a deep end at a really dark ending.
Underrated for the right reasons, Blood Rage is really nothing more than a poorly shot, low-budget fare with distributing problems, and a really dull flow. But thanks to the gore and the unintentional laughable material, it's likable enough to be a one-night viewing, alone or accompanied, or if your anything of a completist like me, to keep. And so, with a campy slaughter, glorious nudity and enough overacting to kill a crowd, I say I fell in love with this movie right on! What say you?
1 male face hacked repeatedly with hatchet
1 male hand lopped off with machete, head split in half
1 male gutted with machete
1 female hacked in half with machete
1 male decapitated offscreen, head found dangling in a noose
1 female killed offcamera, found with a machete stabbed into her chest
1 male machete hacked into his neck
1 female hacked to death with machete offscreen
1 male grill fork to the neck
1 male shot to death
1 female suicide, shot herself on the head