The sights and sounds of murderous twins and sinister synths collide in John Gressner’s Thanksgiving slasher Blood Rage, presented as part of HorrorBuzz‘s Horror Movie Nights.
One fateful night at a drive-in, a young boy named Terry (Mark Soper) takes part in a vengeful act of murder and frames it on his identical twin brother Todd, who is subsequently institutionalized. A decade later, a now-adult Terry has his bloodlust reignited with the news of Todd having just escaped from the asylum containing him for the past decade. Terry embarks on a blood-laden killing spree all throughout the apartment complex of Shadow Woods as he awaits a familiar face to pin the blame on, unless Todd musters the backbone to finally stand up for himself. Throughout the course of this Thanksgiving night, a turkey won’t be the only thing getting carved into.
Long censored due to its extensive scenes of gore, Blood Rage is unleashed in all of its gleefully uncut glory, with a surplus of pathos and tragedy to boot.
“They don’t make ’em like this any more, but more surprisingly, it’s difficult to believe that they ever did.” – Christopher Machell, CineVue
“One of the purest ’80s horrors- from its look and feel, to the blood red colour of the credits and title, to the […] awesome gore effects, to the creepy Freudian plot.” – C.H. Newell, Father Son Holy Gore
“It’s Louise Lasser that is really the one to watch in this film. As Terry and Todd’s mother, Maddy, Lasser portrays a mother wracked with both grief and utterly resolute denial at the monster one son is and what the other has become at the other’s (and her own) expense.” – Dana Vargas, Macabre Daily