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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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Not all the evil is on Elm Street ...

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Initially released to theaters as "Blood Rage" in March 1987, by May the title was changed to "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" for further regions. See more »

Goofs

As Andrea and Gregg are kissing on the diving board, their position on the board changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Karen: What is that thing in your hand?
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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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"You're gonna hurt my kitty!"
23 December 2015 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Blood Rage" begins with two twin adolescent boys at a drive-in with their mother on a date; the two slink off, and one of them murders a man in his car. Ten years later, the psycho twin is incarcerated in a mental institution. On Thanksgiving, the good twin and his mother go to visit, but find he has escaped. He returns to the woodsy community where his mother lives and begins carving up residents like turkeys.

Let's face it—evil twins are to horror films what pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving. It just works. "Blood Rage," a little-known slasher filmed in the early 1980s, knows this, and takes full advantage of the trope. The film fell into obscurity and wasn't even released theatrically until 1987; it made it to small theaters and B-movie drive-ins, and all but disappeared. What's interesting is that the film actually offers all of the hallmarks that genre fans love about these films: a holiday setting, corny one-liners, young adults copulating, and some impressive special effects set to a pounding synth score. You'd think the film would have at least garnered a cult following, but the limited availability of it until Arrow Video's 2015 release prevented it from ever really catching on.

The film is admittedly a mess in areas; some of the performances are hammy and the dialogue contrived, while the pacing is certainly bizarre at times, but for a low-budget B slasher film, these are typically taken for granted, and if anything are part of the charm. Louise Lasser spends the majority of the film boozed out screaming into a telephone and eating Thanksgiving leftovers on her kitchen floor, while her good twin boy searches ruthlessly for his unhinged brother. Bodies start piling up, and elaborate gore effects take precedent over plot development at times. The script overall is vaguely sketched and doesn't completely feel rounded out, and the film does suffer from a frankly nonthreatening villain, but the final act is tongue-in-cheek and well handled.

Overall, the film is a nice slice of eighties slasher pie that somehow got left behind. It's not a great film by any means, but it's also not a bad one when pitted against the genre standards. The ending is rather grim, and Lasser's turn as the mentally destroyed mother is hammy, Oedipal, and at times poignant. In many ways, the film reminded me of "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker," another eighties slasher that never really caught on, in both tone and thematics. "Blood Rage" is most definitely worth a look for genre fans, and is a hokey, gory effort if nothing else. 6/10.


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