Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Crazy Dr. Vasilienko is experimenting with a "Rage" virus deep in the woods. Of course, his test subjects are indeed human. Vultures and other birds are affected too. These poor victims become mutated monsters and soon they find humans as their prey.
Is it good movie?
Now I know that I'm not Mr. Gore Hound, because I think that gore can actually detract from some films. With that being said, I would like to ensure that ya'll know that a film that is gory for the sake of being gory can be right up my alley if it doesn't take itself seriously, knowing that it is far more of a fun romp than a horror film.
The Rage is indeed an example of a blood-splattered gore party that I had to be kicked out of at 3am. First, let me just say that I love Andrew Divoff, and I'm thrilled to see him in this film devouring scenery as the twisted Dr. Viktor Vasilienko, the man who was thrown out of his own country of mother Russia after curing cancer. In an interesting twist, he actually has motivation- he cured cancer when he was in Russia, but is now taking revenge on the capitalists who believe it is easier to stay sick.
But that isn't really what this movie is about, it's much more about tearing people up and doing it in the worst ways possible, and it does. This movie doesn't focus on plot too much, but I was happy it had a comic-book feel to it with fantastic visuals. I mean, you get countless decapitations, various things crushed, torn off, you name it.
So, you know that this one is gory as all hell, and that's lovely, but what about the other nuts and bolts? Well, I suppose I could have mentioned this earlier but this little labor of bloody love is brought to you by Robert Kurtzman, yes, the former K of KNB effects, and he is a wonderful director who brings style and buckets of goo to the table. Acting wise (besides awesome Divoff), this one is a bit of a mixed bag, with Reggie Bannister making a nice little cameo, Erin Brown trying hard, and Ryan Hooks stinking the place up altogether.
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The Rage was a blast for me, a pure B-Movie guilty pleasure that was right up my alley. True you won't learn much from it, and the whole thing is campy all the way through but there are just so many great moments that far outweigh the bad. If you love down and dirty horror stuff, I can think of no better way to scare a girlfriend. Tell her you're down for The Grudge and stick this bad boy in. Hell yes!