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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 ... Lovejoy
Luis Valderrama Luis Valderrama ... Chat
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 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 it'll bring out the beast in you! See more »


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

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 »

Connections

References ALF (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Say the Word
Written and Produced by Greg Bonham
Performed by The Facade Band
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In No Way Related to the Video Game I Played Religiously as a Teen
14 December 2010 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

Remember "28 Days Later"? You know, that movie in which a viral outbreak is caused by a diseased primate and dumb environmentalists? Well, it seems like Italy got there first with the 1988 movie "Primal Rage."

Dr. Ethridge (Bo Svenson) has been working on a new experiment on baboons that's supposed to heal damaged brain tissue. There's a bit of a problem though-said baboons carry a deadly virus that can cause people to be the victim of uncontrollable, murderous rage. Well, idiot/self proclaimed "gonzo journalist" Duffy (Mitch Wilson aka unknown actor with a generic name # 2061) decides to investigate, only to get infected. And he's spreading said infection. Can dull hero Sam Ashe (Patrick Lowe) protect his new love interest Lauren (Cheryl Arutt)? Will all hell break loose? Will bad 80's fashion and hair prevail?

An Italian/North American co-production directed by Vittorio Rambaldi and written by exploitation jack of all trades Umberto Lenzi, "Primal Rage" (which has nothing to do with the video game I played religiously back in the day) is a cheap little movie made in the ass end days of Italian exploitation. At this point, only guys like Dario Argento and Michel Soavi were doing anything worthwhile. Lucio Fulci's best days were behind him, Lamberto Bava never managed to do a good follow up to his "Demons" films, Lenzi had been regulated to bad straight to video and television fair-the list goes on. So while "Primal Rage" is a bad movie (complete with bad acting, questionable direction and logic, and horrible pop songs that make it feel like one of those old TGIF sitcoms) that hasn't aged well at all, it's at least an entertaining bad movie.

The movie manages to be one of the more graphic Italian horror movies from this part of the decade, which manages to help quite a bit. The viewer gets to see a scalping, torn out throats, crushed heads, gouged out eyes and more, especially in the last 20 something minutes at a Halloween party. It's also never boring, and moves at a reasonable clip for a 91 minute movie thanks to the fact that those behind it know what it is-dumb exploitation-and for the most part delivers what the viewer wants out of it. Also, Claudio Simmnetti's score is a lot of fun, and at times reminded me of his work for Bava's "Demons", and the the climax itself offers most of what one expects from a movie like this.

It may not be a great (or good) movie, but "Primal Rage" is a nice hunk of Italian Cheese made for a Saturday night with friends and some beer.


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