Two friends Dennis and Joe join the military together. While on a routine mission, the two are quickly surrounded by enemy fire. When Joe stands up in the line of fire to run, Dennis pushes... See full summary »
Two friends Dennis and Joe join the military together. While on a routine mission, the two are quickly surrounded by enemy fire. When Joe stands up in the line of fire to run, Dennis pushes him out of the way and takes a bullet in the throat. Dennis wakes up in hospital to find Joe rewarded as a hero. Joe told a lie and took all the glory, and Dennis was left as a mute from the accident. Dennis can't talk, but actions speak louder then words. The two return home to N.Y. and now the war rages in the streets. Dennis wants revenge on Joe, so he will kill everyone close to him. One little lie will cost so many innocent lives. Written by
Dennis (well played by writer/director James Balsamo) and Joe (a solid performance by Billy Walsh) are two best friends serving overseas in the military together. After Dennis gets seriously wounded in combat, Joe steals all the credit for his heroic actions and gets a medal for bravery from his superiors. Dennis vows revenge on Joe and exacts said revenge by killing everyone close to Joe in New York City. Balsamo relates the entertaining story at a constant quick pace, makes excellent use of the gritty Big Apple locations, and neatly evokes the unapologetically raw, nasty, and grimy aesthetic of early 80's exploitation fare like "Maniac" and "The Exterminator." Moreover, Balsamo not only delivers loads of in-your-face over-the-top graphic gore (a hot babe having a bottle of Drano poured down her throat while taking a shower rates as the definite gruesome highlight), but also proves plenty of tasty gratuitous female nudity (a couple of guys go full monty for the ladies, too). Popping up in cool cameos are Andrew W.K. as a crazy hobo, Debbie Rochon as hard-nosed defense secretary Elizabeth Gacy, Lloyd Kaufman as Dennis' gung-ho patriotic dad, Lynn Lowry as a cheery TV weather reporter, and "Bloodsucking Freaks" director Joel M. Reed as an irascible Korean war veteran. Further galvanized by a thrashy hard rock soundtrack, this picture overall rates as an immensely enjoyable piece of energetic trash.
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