Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
Kelly K.C. Quann
What's it about
Two teenage girls make a really bad decision on their way to a rave and end up at the mercy of a maniac and his psycho friends.
Is it good movie?
Chaos is not an easy film to watch. In fact it’s down right difficult at times, but for fans of the rape and torture genre it could become a cult classic. Roger Ebert even urged his readers “to avoid it,” and after sending letters back and forth with the director and producer of the film stood his ground. Now before I get to far I’m going to start by saying that I didn’t enjoy this film, but I definitely see talent in the actors and filmmakers involved in creating it. I love horror movies and I can’t get enough of the red stuff, but this film, in my opinion didn’t set out to scare us it set out to shock us. I also think that with the exception of Hostel and Saw that the torture sub-genre has become nothing more than a shock and awe spectacle designed to generate publicity. With that said let me tell you a little about this film.
Angelica and Emily are on their way to a rave in the woods and decide that they should try to score some ecstasy first. Now these two girls have really bad luck because the guy they buy pick to supply them with their drug of choice just happens to be the son of the homicidal manic after which this film was named, and he’s not taking them back to his cabin to sell them drugs. Chaos, the maniac I mentioned hangs out with two other sicko’s: one being his girlfriend Daisy, and the other his partner in crime Frankie.
Once Swan brings the girls back to Chaos’ lair the fun begins, and for some reason it is decided that the best place to rape and murder young girls is out in the woods as opposed to the cabin that they are already in. I guess they had to move the plot forward somehow. Once in the woods the girls beg for their lives and then mak a run for it. Chaos and his motley crew head into the woods after them and not one person at the rave hears them screaming and running. Now the whole time this is going on Emily’s mom and dad are worried about their little girl, and decide to call the cops. When the fuzz arrive we find out that one of them is a racist (Emily’s mom and dad are an interracial couple), and that he’s also a fucking moron. Once Chaos catches up with the girls this film gets extremely difficult for me sit through. Various scenes of rape and torture ensue and the ending was unexpected.
The acting here is top notch. Sage Stallone did a great job as Swan and Kevin Gage was perfect in his portrayal of the title character. David DeFalco provided solid directing with the exception of a few shots that could have been trimmed, but overall the film worked visually.
Video / Audio
Video: regular full screen transfer
Audio: worked for me
Zero, zip, zilch, nothing to speak of in the extra department
This is not my type of film, but for some of the hardcore rape and torture fans out there it might just be the icing on the cake. I didn't walk away from this film with much more than a sick feeling, and in my opinion that doesn’t make a good film. We all know we live in very violent times and because we are horror fans we love very violent movies, but I sure miss the days where the killer hacked up people for the fun of it and then after getting killed found a way to return from the grave. I miss the filmmakers that used their imaginations instead of the front page of a newspaper to come up with the ideas for their films. I hope Mr. DeFalco starts to use his talent to really scare us and tries to remember that there is a difference between fear and disgust