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Primal Rage (1988)

Rage - Furia primitiva (original title)
A scientist at a Florida university inadvertantly creates a "rage virus" while performing experiments intended to restore dead brain tissue in baboons. When a journalist for the college ... See full summary »

Director:

Vittorio Rambaldi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick), James Justice (as Harry Kirkpatrick)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Lowe Patrick Lowe ... Sam Nash
Cheryl Arutt ... Lauren Daly
Sarah Buxton ... Debbie
Mitch Watson Mitch Watson ... Frank Duffy
Bo Svenson ... Ethridge
Doug Sloan Doug Sloan ... Lovejoy
Luis Valderrama Luis Valderrama ... Chas
John Baldwin John Baldwin ... Bryan
Turk Harley Turk Harley ... Prof. Jenkins
Jennifer Hingel Jennifer Hingel ... Kimberly
Barry Schreiber Barry Schreiber ... Oakley (as Barry D. Schreiber)
Paul Bridges Thompson Paul Bridges Thompson ... Lab Assistant
Sally Carlson Sally Carlson ... Nurse
Greg Schmidt Greg Schmidt ... Sam's roommate
Mal Jones ... Janitor
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Storyline

A scientist at a Florida university inadvertantly creates a "rage virus" while performing experiments intended to restore dead brain tissue in baboons. When a journalist for the college paper breaks into the campus lab, he's bitten by one of the infected baboons; the virus soon spreads to a trio of rapists and a valley girl, all of whom go on killing sprees. Written by Jojo Mac

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There's a new party animal on campus. She'll bring out the beast in you. See more »


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Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Released a year before Nightmare Beach, which was also filmed in Florida and featured 2 actors from this film and also features a few of the same songs on the soundtrack. Umberto Lenzei was involved with both films. See more »

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Love is My Mania
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An animal of a good time.
5 September 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Virtually a little unknown b-grade campus-based oddball shocker that's efficiently catered for, but doesn't break any ground with its unspectacular story structure (written by Umberto Lenzi) and systematic thrills, despite its unsparingly nasty tone (which goes overboard in the film's last 30 minutes at a Halloween party) and suitably icky if makeshift make-up FX and special effects (done by Carlo Rambaldi who did such films like; 'Planet of the Vampires (1965)', 'A Bay of Blood (1971)', 'King Kong (1976)', 'Possession (1981)' and 'E.T (1982)'). While two different films, the way the story flowed kind of had me thinking of the 1989 sequel 'Gnaw: Food of the Gods II', but this one wasn't that shonky and campy. Again there's a focus on a cringe-worthy 80s tune, which oddly makes it way in the opening credits (which will have you thinking what am I getting myself into?) and then during the Halloween costume party as the band is performing live. Oh good.

The story sees two college students Sam Nash and Frank Duffy working as journalists for the campus paper, where they suspect a professor there is doing inhumane animal experiments in the quest to restore dead brain cells. So Frank sneaks into the laboratory one night to take pictures, where he encounters a very aggressive baboon that in the process of breaking out bites him. Slowly he begins to feel the effects, he starts forming ugly looking sores and then uncontrollable bursts of raging violence takes over. Soon the virus begins to spread leaving a bloody trail and Sam along with his girlfriend try to put a stop to it.

After quite a slow-going set-up, it goes on to build up a head of steam with some grisly strokes with chaos erupting and a few moments of kinkiness from a couple of ridiculously twisted beef heads. Vittorio Rambaldi direction is efficiently surefooted for its minor budget, but the half-baked execution just lacks that punch where atmosphere isn't projected and the suspense doesn't eventuate too much than just unpleasantly rowdy jolts. Then at the end you get sudden jump scene that comes from nowhere, as like a second thought because they forgot about a character. Claudio Simonetti's wonky score is just like a ragingly spreading virus with primal instincts and Antonio Climati lenses with a professional curtness. The performances are modest with Patrick Lowe and Cheryl Arutt making likable heroines. Sarah Buxton also shines in her part. Bo Svenson presenting a fashionable ponytail makes light work as the devious professor.

Also there's a connection there with some of the cast and crew which saw them do the Italian cash-in of an American influenced slasher 'Nightmare Beach' in the same year.

Passably average, but it does have some twisted novelty moments within.


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