Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blood Rage (1987)

Format: 35mm
Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

The Good: First Terror Tuesday of 2011 was a smashing success. When I first saw this film at BTSjunkie's Horror Movie night, it was hard to find anything redeeming. But this beautiful 35mm print proves that, while this is in fact a bad film, it displays a level of technical competency of which I was totally unaware. There's a difference between a bad movie and one so bad as to be a chore to sit through...this is the former. Lots of good gore.

The Bad: Blood Rage is pretty camptastic. It's a special kind of awful that never fails to entertain. The premise is an absurd Halloween ripoff with the slight twist that the crazy brother who escapes and comes home is actually SANE! The performance of Louise Lasser as the mother is so bugnuts insane as to call into question the use of method acting when it involves a cement mixer full of scotch.

The Weird: This movie was actually made in 1984 but a combination of the extreme gore and the fact that it sucked hard delayed its release three years. There are presently three cuts of this film in existence: the neutered "gore-free" version, the hardcore sloppy version, and a version somewhere in between. The middle lane version was the one shown at Terror Tuesday.

Rating: 3/10 Atkins

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