Monday, October 22, 2018

Movie Review: "Blood Rage" (1987)

Director: John Grissmer
Year: 1987
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

A deranged young man resumes a killing spree after the twin brother he pinned a murder on years before escapes from a mental institution in the hopes he can frame his brother again and get away with killing one more time.

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"That is not cranberry sauce!" (Image Source)
We all have disagreements with our siblings from time to time, but we doubt any (okay, most????) of us would stoop to framing them for murder. "Blood Rage" is directed by John Grissmer, who has one other directorial credit in the 1977 drama "Scalpel." It is written by Bruce Rubin, who also wrote the comedy "Zapped!," though he was credited for the project under the pen name Richard Lamden...we can't imagine why. Was he embarrassed about the final product? Anyway, back to "Blood Rage." This movie revolves around twin boys Todd and Terry (Mark Soper). One evening at the drive-in movie theater when their mother begins making out with her boyfriend thinking they are asleep, the two kids sneak out of the car to run free at the drive-in. Terry picks up a hatchet from a truck and murders a man and his lover while they are having sex. Terry then frames his brother Todd for these killings. Todd is institutionalized while Terry remains free. Many years later, Todd finally leaving his state of shock, and after declaring his innocence, he escapes from the institution, which gives Terry a chance to murder again once more, trying to pin it all on his brother for the second time.
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"Get outta here, ya creep!" (Image Source)
"Blood Rage" is a somewhat goofy 80's slasher that is both schlocky and fun, which makes it a kitschy, very entertaining watch. The dialogue is cheesy, the premise is outrageous, and the narrative is often contrived, but we still had a fantastic time watching this. This might be due to the unabashedly graphic gore effects that leave victims missing hands and heads, or sees them cut clean in half, all while the killer looks at his bloody clothes or machete while decrying "that's not cranberry sauce!" It makes us laugh just thinking about it! This film *does* take place on Thanksgiving after all. The gore effects and makeup work are actually pretty damn solid looking considering its low budget. The story is about as generic as it gets, the acting is super stiff, and it's a very basis slasher that has exploitative violence and nudity, but dagnabbit, we found it to be extremely enjoyable. It revels in its own absurdity so much that we couldn't help but sit back and laugh at its lunacy.
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"Get me out of here! I never killed anybody!" (Image Source)
"Blood Rage" is a gory, campy watch that will bring you much joy. Is it a work of art? No, but not every horror movie needs to be. This one hit the stop for us for the most part.

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.9/10
RT Rating:  ---%
Do we recommend this movie: Meh.

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