Nostalgic for the foam latex, pulsating bladders and arterial spray of the ’80s? Do you get teary-eyed remembering classic gore fests like Re-Animator, and The Evil Dead ? If you think horror has sucked since shoulder pads and dayglo were fashionable, then prepare yourself for The Rage, a film that delivers on all the gory ’80s goods you’ve been craving.
Directed by a founding member of the Oscar-winning makeup FX shop KNB, Robert Kurtzman, The Rage tells the story of Russian scientist Dr. Viktor Vasilienko (Andrew Divoff, aka the Djinn from the Wishmaster series), exiled in America, who sets out to avenge his betrayal at the hands of the Soviet government by unleashing a toxic mutagen. In order to perfect his biological weapon, the doctor has been experimenting on unlucky campers kidnapped from the forest surrounding his lab. The failed test subjects degenerate into bloodthirsty mutant freaks who ultimately revolt, giving the doctor a dose of his own bad medicine. During the rebellion, one of Vasilienko’s test subjects escapes, and ends up infecting a pack of vultures (!). Bird flu is scary enough when it’s a bunch of harmless chickens, but imagine massive, leather-necked mutant vultures, infected with a lethal virus they can transmit by spewing acid vomit and, well, the pandemic we hear about on the 6 o’clock news doesn’t sound so bad anymore. And then there‘s the overgrown leeches, and murderous midget freaks…
There are certain things you expect in an ’80s flick: at least one set of bare breasts, a handful of decapitations and a gaggle of over-emotive teens. On these counts The Rage delivers. In all other respects, however, it’s surprisingly unpredictable. Kurtzman deliberately kills off the film’s most visible star early on (Reggie Bannister of Phantasm fame), and even goes so far as to brutalize his own real-life children to death! Perhaps most surprisingly, the heroine, played by Erin Brown (Misty Mundae if you’re nasty), keeps all her clothes on! The Rage is a reminder of the bygone days of ’80s horror, during which makeup effects and gore were the stars of the show.
Hosted by Director ROBERT KURTZMAN and Actress ERIN BROWN
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Screenplay: Robert Kurtzman, John Bisson
Cast: Andrew Divoff
Producers: John Bisson, Matt Jerrams, Anne Kurtzman, Robert Kurtzman
Distributor: Precinct 13 Entertainment
In The Wall
2007 | 22 min