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The Rage review
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A Mega-Dose of Pure Terror!

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Robert Kurtzman, the man behind some of the goriest, most pleasurable scenes in films such as From Dusk Til Dawn and Wishmaster brings his own creation to life in The Rage; starring Andrew Divoff (Djinn from Wishmaster) and Phantasm’s own Reggie Bannister. The movie is about a boy who turns to medicine and vows to make a cure for cancer to which his parents fell victim to, only to be proven a pest to the medicine industries and locked away; labeled insane. With murder being the only resort and way out, the once calm determined doctor now plots the ultimate revenge on the human race; The Rage. A horrible plague which posses its victims and leaves them with a rage beyond comparison, that is; unless his cures for cancer are released and his previous work goes free to be put to use. Unaware of the genetics of some of the animals that might eat up contaminated flesh, the doctor released this plague which can now contaminate every living being on the face of the planet. What a gore fest! These makeup effects were outstanding to the point where I waited until after the movie to even consider eating anything. I really enjoyed the beginning as well as when the infection first breached the doctors control, what an awesome appearance by Reggie Bannister as Uncle Ben. I really liked the direction that was going on during the film’s start, but the seclusion of a group of teenagers from the original party just went down the same path I have seen time and time again, where one by one, each kid gets picked off, as oppose to a spread like in the beginning where violent death after violent death, the murders were completely un common; and there was no hero. LOVED the office as well as all the doctors creatures he made for his own amusement, but past that, none of the normal stupid teenagers did the film any good; in fact one of them at the end acted better when infected than when she was alive! Maybe plots were pressured, but a film like The Rage should have been complete chaos and had the end of the world as a climax with the Scientist as the protagonist and I would have given it easily 10 out of 10. Still, not bashing this film, it is a great part of my collection, and I will more than likely watch it quite a few times as well as recommend it to my friends and movie community.

Added by pamela voorhees
8 years ago on 27 December 2009 21:55

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