Run! Bitch Run! Reviews
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.
Though the trailer is a lot better and has more bitches than the movie I was please with what I saw. If you enjoy exploitation cinema then this is a MUST SEE for you.
Unfortunately, one of the students realizes that she is not up to the task of sacrificing her time for the needy family (it turns out the poor girl has a gambling problem and abandons her school friend in favor of playing roulette). But her more spiritual friend, who is played marvelously by Cheryl Lyone, sticks with the struggling family, even to the point of moving in with them.
A pivotal point in the film comes when Lyone's character accompanies the family on a camping trip. While enjoying the outdoors, Lyone learns that all of her new friends have physical challenges and she becomes concerned about their health. For instance, the younger brother has a speech impediment, the sister has a drug problem and the older brother suffers from hemorrhoids (which are so severe that he often howls in pain). Realizing that poor families, such as her new friends, cannot afford health insurance and the promise of Obamacare is still woefully unfulfilled, Lyone decides to commit herself to becoming a nurse!
We are then treated to many uplifting scenes as Lyone practices her new profession both in hospital settings and on the street. In one touching scene, she comes to the rescue of a homeless man in an alley who has got something stuck in his eye. Lyone doesn't hesitate to help remove the obstruction.
Without giving too much away, Lyone never forgets about her adopted family and eventually helps them too. By the end of the film, the younger brother no longer stutters, the sister gives up drugs forever and the older brother even finds a cure for hemorrhoids.
This is a very uplifting film and I highly recommend it to anyone who cherishes and believes in the power of the human spirit. Be forewarned, however, that there is some nudity, but such brief glimpses of the human anatomy should be expected in a medically-theme movie such as this.
Rich Bottles Jr., author of "Lumberjacked" and "Hellhole West Virginia".
The subject matter will turnoff the casual viewer, but fans of the more extreme horror fare may find something worth watching.