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Blood Rage (1987)

R | | Horror | 1 May 1987 (USA)
As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director:

John Grissmer

Writer:

Bruce Rubin (as Richard Lamden)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Lasser ... Maddy
Mark Soper ... Todd / Terry
Julie Gordon ... Karen
Jayne Bentzen Jayne Bentzen ... Julie
Marianne Kanter ... Dr. Berman
James Farrell James Farrell ... Artie (as James Farrel)
Chad Montgomery Chad Montgomery ... Gregg
Lisa Randall Lisa Randall ... Andrea
William Fuller William Fuller ... Brad
Douglas Weiser Douglas Weiser ... Jackie / Radio Announcer (as Doug Weiser)
Gerry Lou Gerry Lou ... Beth
Ed French ... Bill
Dana Drescher Dana Drescher ... Little Girl
Brad Leland ... Teen Boy at Drive-In (as Brad Williams)
Rebecca Thorp Rebecca Thorp ... Teen Girl at Drive-In
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Storyline

Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, there will be blood and rage! Written by Anonymous

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This Thanksgiving, "It's not cranberry sauce." (DVD) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slasher See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (alternate composite cut) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Marianne Kanter stepped in to play the role of Dr. Berman when the actress that was originally cast never showed up. See more »

Goofs

Doctor's dead pose is changed when later found by Todd, and her legs appear fully in the shot, unlike the first shot of her dead body. See more »

Quotes

Julie: Mama's going to get you a rich daddy!
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Alternate Versions

Nightmare at Shadow Woods (which was also the cable television title for this film) was heavily edited, abbreviating much of the gore, but it contained a swimming pool scene not found in the 1987 VHS Blood Rage version by Prism Entertainment. The latter contains all of the gore and includes an early scene, missing from the Nightmare at Shadow Woods version, where Maddy visits Todd at the mental hospital. See more »

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Featured in The Kill Count: Sleepaway Camp (1983) (2019) See more »

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Great Gore But That's About It
23 January 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blood Rage (1987)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Terry commits a brutal murder at a drive-in but blames it on his twin Todd who is sent to a mental hospital. Flash forward ten years and Todd has broken out of the hospital and returns home where more bodies begin to pile up.

BLOOD RAGE was filmed in 1983 but it sat on a shelf for four years before it was finally released without too much fan fare. The film was pretty much forgotten but over the years it has gained a rather large cult following and it's not too hard to see why. Even though I thought the film was pretty bad, there's no question that it contains some rather campy moments at times and the gore level is quite high.

I think it's the gore that most people are going to be coming to the film for. The special effects aren't the greatest thing around and they certainly don't compare to the work of Tom Savini but they certainly have an appeal. It doesn't matter what happens to the victim you're going to see a ton of blood come flowing out. So if they're stabbed, shot or chopped...prepare for blood. There are some creative kills throughout including one poor woman who gets cut in half and another man who loses his head.

The biggest problem with the film is pretty much everything else. The movie is available in three different cuts but I went with the original VHS version that clocks in at 82 minutes. Those 82 minutes feel triple that time because this thing drags so often. Whenever someone isn't getting killed off we're basically watching some pretty poor acting in a rather bad story without much going for it. There's no mystery, no suspense, no humor and not much of anything.

Again, BLOOD RAGE is going to be remembered for its gore and I'd still recommend slasher fans check it out for this reason alone.


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