Bloodrage (1981)

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A sexually frustrated young man kills hookers.


(as Joseph Bigwood)


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Jerry McGee ...
Ian Scott ...
Patrick Hines ...
Buddy Basch ...
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Harry Linton ...
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Pelati Pons ...
Street Murder Victim
Jimi Keys ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Bernstein ...
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Clee Burtonya ...
Pimp in Hallway
Copper Cunningham ...
Prostitute in Elevator
Tony DeCarlo ...
Cop in Police Station
Ed DeLeo ...


A country boy murders the town whore when she threatens to tell his mother that he didn't bring any money for her. So he flees to New York, where he finds that he likes killing women, and a cop from back home follows him... Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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If he wants you.... he'll get you


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12 July 1981 (Denmark)  »

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Never Pick Up a Stranger  »

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More like raging hormones.
21 October 2006 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A psychotic young man heads to New York after murdering a prostitute of a small town. Thinking that he has escaped the police, he tries to live a normal life, but he encounters the very sleazy life of the city and goes about fixing up the problems, like knocking more prostitutes. On his trail is a town cop who's looking for him in the hope he can find out what had happened to the first prostitute that he secretly killed off.

I'm so baffled. I went in expecting something of a horror story cross vigilante action piece like it seems to advertise. Um instead, the picture on my video case never seemed to appear in the film. Nor did the folks on it! Also the title is very misleading. With the name like Joseph Zito tagged to the project, you'll be expecting something passionately wild and out going (think of Red Scorpion, Missing in Action and Invasion U.S.A) and gruesomely unpleasant (The Prowler and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), but what a glum character study on a insane killer that tries to be thoughtful, but it just doesn't work when it's going for this aspect. I guess he learnt later on from this effort, as this was just his second feature.

This immensely sleazy slasher is strictly average and too slow. It only goes for about 75 minutes and it still lulls about in monotonous scenes that feel like fillers. I didn't find it boring because it was oddly hypnotic. Thanks to its stone-cold approach, inspired visions and gritty locations, but it could have used a whole lot more verve in its execution. The deaths and the lead up to them are rather bloodless, but still quite misogynistic. Just wait around for the dog scene. Blood might be little, but sex and nudity (a lot of window peeping) isn't discarded. Far from it actually. The 70's New York atmosphere generated a circuit that was scummy, filthy and dreadfully corrupt. Zito filtered this into the flick superbly.

The clueless story has some unbelievable developments (a sudden conclusion) and very little structure to it, as it plays many cards like a psycho serial killer to soft porn and then a look through the damaged mind created by a forsaken society (ala Taxi Driver). Even the husky voice-overs that the film begins off with have a familiar ring to it. But in all it's basic.

Surprisingly the performances are acceptably fair. The spaced out Ian Scott plays the uptight young lad Richard in a very disquieting temperament. Legendary hard-boiled actor Lawrence Tierney is in a minor thankless role that asks very little off him. James Johnson, Rita Ebenhart and Blair Trigg chime in with some solid performances too.

Flat pacing can kill it at times, but this raw project has its moments. Not a bad early effort by Zito.

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