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Bloodrage (1979)

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A sexually frustrated young man kills hookers.

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Credited cast:
James Johnson ...
Ryan
Judith-Marie Bergan ...
Beverly
Jerry McGee ...
Charlie
Ian Scott ...
Richard
Patrick Hines ...
Gus
Buddy Basch ...
Motor Inn Desk Clerk
Harry Linton ...
Times Square Desk Clerk
Pelati Pons ...
Street Murder Victim
Jimi Keys ...
Killer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Bernstein ...
2nd Cop at Street Murder
Erle Bjornstad ...
Eastside Bar Patron
Clee Burtonya ...
Pimp in Hallway
Copper Cunningham ...
Prostitute in Elevator
Tony DeCarlo ...
Cop in Police Station
Ed DeLeo ...
Karl
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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 <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Forgotten misogynist slasher.
25 November 2008 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The synopsis on the back of the ancient VHS cover box describes the plot of "Bloodrage" as reminiscent to "Taxi Driver" and "Death Wish" and the director's styles and methods for creating tension as "Hitchcockian". You can unquestionably guess without even seeing the movie for yourself that these generous comparisons are just *slightly* exaggerated, but it's nevertheless a decent and overlooked psycho-shocker that comes recommended to the selected group of avid fans of this type of obscure and grim exploitation cinema. Director Joseph Zito's predecessor to the much more known and infamous "The Prowler" is clearly inspired by the success of "Taxi Driver", since it's more or less also a portrait of the sleazy and pauperized streets of New York's red light district, but it definitely benefices most from it's atypical serial killer protagonist. Unlike Travis Bickle, the psychopath here – Ritchie – is a seemingly shy and introvert young lad; barely out of his teenager years and presumably from a decent social background. Ritchie visits prostitutes but ends up barbarically killing them because they aren't like he expects them to be … whatever that may be. Even when he meets a "normal" girl, she turns out to be an infidel nymphomaniac and Ritchie gradually sinks deeper into misogynist rage and madness. Meanwhile, the secret lover of one of Ritchie's prostitute victims – a ruthless copper – follows the trace to New York and hunts him down like an animal. Particularly the opening fifteen minutes – covering Ritchie's first murder prior to his escape to the big city – are immensely powerful and shocking. You really don't see this fragile kid capable of murdering but he is and, moreover, remains stoically focused throughout the entire process. Ritchie's odyssey in the rancid streets of New York is far less exciting, mainly because we're on more familiar territory here, but the murder sequences nonetheless remain harsh and ultimately brutal to look at. With is lurid atmosphere, copious amounts of gratuitous nudity, grainy and cheap looking photography and uncompromising violence against women, "Bloodrage" perfectly fits in the late 70's/early 80's trend of misogynist slasher pictures, like "Don't Go in the House", "Maniac", "Hitch Hike to Hell" and "Don't Answer the Phone". And if you really wonder where the connection lies with "Death Wish", you just wait until the downright fan-tas-tic end scene!


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