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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.


John Grissmer


Bruce Rubin (as Richard Lamden)



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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


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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Some things never rest in piece ("Nightmare at Shadow Woods" tagline) See more »




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Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Assistant's pose changes after death. See more »


Todd: [Repeated Line, As 'Terry'] That's not cranberry sauce...
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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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Thanksgiving Turkey with a LOT of cranberry sauce!
10 July 2015 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Being a sucker for old posters and VHS-covers, I have to start by stating that the cover image displayed here on the website does not correspond with the actual movie. The image is that of another movie named "Blood Rage", although that one is a misogynic exploitation/thriller from the year 1979 and directed by Joseph Zito; creator of "The Prowler and "Friday the 13th The Final Chapter". If you're interested, the most frequently seen poster for this "Blood Rage" features a Rambo knife with the reflection of a terrified and screaming woman in it. But anyways, on with the actual review…

This obscure and initially shelved (between 1983 and 1987) '80s slasher may have an incredibly dumb storyline and may feature some of the most absurd plot-twists in cinematic history, but it's inarguably entertaining and delivers just what the target audience for this type of movies craves the most: extreme gore and gratuitous nudity! With sickening murder sequences and reasonably well-crafted make-up effects like these, I'm actually even surprised that the film wasn't released in 1983, as there definitely must have been a market for it. Who cares if the script is retarded when blooded machetes are fiercely swinging and chopped off heads are joyously rolling, right? Somewhere in the seventies, during a night out at the drive-in with their mother and her latest lover, the twin brothers Todd and Terry decide to go for a little walk between the cars and look at couples having sex. For no apparent reason, Terry hacks up a guy's face and then quickly puts the ax in the hands of his brother who is just standing there looking stupid. Todd spends the next ten years in a mental asylum (although his mother refers to it as a "special school"), until he suddenly decides on Thanksgiving Day that it is time to escape and tell the world that he's innocent. When Terry learns that his brother is loose, he starts butchering the entire neighborhood in order to uphold the idea that Todd is a maniac. So, before you ask: yes, we are supposed to believe that Todd never bothered to deny that he was the killer for ten long years, or that Terry is perfectly able to control his maniacal tendencies the entire time but then slaughters all his friends and relatives without any moral constraints. The film also never undertakes any attempts to build up suspense or mystery, what with the identity of the killer revealed straight from the beginning and it doesn't feature that typical "which one of the twin brother is this?" sub plot. Instead, there are a lot of dumb dialogs and quotes, for example Terry who keeps repeating "it's not cranberry sauce" whenever there's blood on his shirt, and an incredibly over- the-top hysterical performance of Louise Lasser. The body count is high and the murders are nice & nasty, with plenty of machete action and severed body parts flying around everywhere. Director John Grissmer didn't do a lot of film work apart from this one. He made the good but obscure and underrated plastic surgery thriller "Scalpel" (a.k.a. "False Face") and wrote the early 70s psycho- thriller "The House that Cried Murder". By the way, the latter is playing at the drive-in theater during the opening sequence of "Blood Rage".

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