Run! Bitch Run! (2008)
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Exploitation to the utter extreme. I like my rape revenge flicks to be serious. That may just be me. Exploitation is fine, but this film lacks any form of enjoyability. All it contains is a series of rapes and then murders. It's so poorly shot, that it's obvious all the thought went into assaulting the audience. The film didn't so much offend me, which would have been a good thing, so much as it just made me feel dirty. Not because of all the raping and killing, but because I just knew this film had nothing to say. On the plus side, it did have some fantastically bad one liners which made me laugh. These hinted towards a movie that could have been a dark comedy.
After watching the I Spit On Your Grave remake I've had a hankering for 'Women on the Warpath' movies. So since then I've watched Killer Nun (thumbs down) and Nude Nuns with Big Guns (thumbs UP) and now this one and wow what a letdown. The dialogue and acting are just laughable (the lead bad guy sounds like Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys sequels) and the violence is too sparse and dull minus the final confrontation which is the highlight of the whole thing. While NNWBG feels like a well done simulation of a Robert Rodriguez movie this feels like a bad knock off of Quentin Tarantino. If you watch it as a black comedy you may find some value but for those looking for an entertaining exploitation movie you should probably look elsewhere.
In the genre of grindhouse cinema you have the rape/revenge films. Director Joseph Guzman has made his addition to this controversial little corner of cinema and with a title like Run! Bitch Run! it will have already grabbed your attention, the title coming from one of the less pleasant scenes in the movie. Thats actually saying something because there aren't too many scenes that you could tag the word pleasant onto, being as though this another nasty little movie brought to us by Vicious Circle Films. The same company that also gave us the charming Hanger.
Run! Bitch Run! doesn't mess about either. Right off the bat they screen is awash with drugs, nudity, blood, nuns, more nudity and violence, as we are welcomed to the seedy whorehouse/drug den of the rather despicable Lobo. He's a rather unsavory character who comes into play far more a little later on when Catherine (Cheryl Lyone) and Rebecca (Christina DeRosa), our main characters, happen across this pit of depravity.
Catherine and Rebecca are Catholic School girls who are traveling about trying to sell Bibles door to door. Catherine takes this all very seriously, whereas Rebecca is a more happy-go-lucky kind of character. After being directed towards the town of Moseley, by a charming local with a wicked turn of phrase, they find no joy in their attempts to make any sales. They even fall foul of a local boy (Daeg Faerch in a small cameo), who makes off with what little money they do have. However, things don?t really take a turn for the horrific until they visit Lobo's residence. Before they even try to make a sale they witness a murder, and then things go downhill from there. The first sentence of this review tells you all you need to know on where this movie is going, and from here on in it isn't easy viewing.
Run! Bitch Run! is for the most part a very good movie, it's well made and well acted. The scenes that are supposed to shock you will no doubt do that, and when it comes to the revenge part I can see it being cheered on. On occasion I found the seemingly constant fading in and out of scenes a little distracting, and the middle section seemed a little drawn out for my liking. On top of this I found that a couple of the characters that pop up appeared to be there just to get killed. Of course,that's nothing we haven't seen before in a horror/exploitation movie.
The movie starts of in a very Tarantino-esque style, with the music being very reminiscent of some of his movies, in particular Planet Terror. The dialogue is crisp, and at times quite amusing. Then it changes into a sort of bastard hybrid of I Spit on Your Grave and Thriller: They Call Her One Eye, with the whole tone of the picture changing as you can well imagine. It's a downbeat flick and rightly so. I would have like to have known how certain characters became so proficient with firearms, but then I can't have everything can I?
Overall Run! Bitch Run! is a very decent modern day entry into this seedy little sub-genre. It isn't something that hasn't been done before, like in some of the movies I have previously mentioned, but it does appear to be made with a good deal of passion from those involved and it does show on the screen. Run! Bitch Run! is violent, nasty and will leave a bad taste in your mouth, and that is exactly what it is supposed to do. I enjoyed the movie, but I do appreciate that it won't be too everybody's taste.
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