Blood Rage (Nightmare at Shadow Woods) Reviews

  • Jul 24, 2020

    Shot entirely on location in Jacksonville, Florida, the authentically cheesy apartment complex setting provides a perfect backdrop for this late-period slasher. An undeniable sense of fun permeates Blood Rage; something sorely missing from most modern horror movies. While totally lacking suspense, heaping helpings of over-the-top gore and winking dialogue lend this film an air of instant likability and charm that's sure to please genre fans to no end.

    Shot entirely on location in Jacksonville, Florida, the authentically cheesy apartment complex setting provides a perfect backdrop for this late-period slasher. An undeniable sense of fun permeates Blood Rage; something sorely missing from most modern horror movies. While totally lacking suspense, heaping helpings of over-the-top gore and winking dialogue lend this film an air of instant likability and charm that's sure to please genre fans to no end.

  • Apr 28, 2020

    lmao this movie is trash but I appreciate the effort. the gore is cheesy af but it gets the job done if you know what i'm saying. very 80s with a plot that could be good if the movie wasn't schlock.

    lmao this movie is trash but I appreciate the effort. the gore is cheesy af but it gets the job done if you know what i'm saying. very 80s with a plot that could be good if the movie wasn't schlock.

  • Dec 08, 2019

    A very cheesy B Movie slasher with great gore, brutal kills and a lovely 80's feel about it, Mark Soper is very entertaining as the killer and the film isn't a sincere effort it just wants to have a good time and that's exactly what it does as Blood Rage is a good time from start to finish.

    A very cheesy B Movie slasher with great gore, brutal kills and a lovely 80's feel about it, Mark Soper is very entertaining as the killer and the film isn't a sincere effort it just wants to have a good time and that's exactly what it does as Blood Rage is a good time from start to finish.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    If you're into whats now seen as "cheesy" slasher movies, then this has all right ingredients. The continuous 707 drum kicks, extreme gore, naff acting, terrible timing and creepy synth sounds will certainly satisfy. If you're looking for sophisticated horror then you should avoid. If you love all the aesthetics and cliches that make an 80s slasher then you're in for a treat.

    If you're into whats now seen as "cheesy" slasher movies, then this has all right ingredients. The continuous 707 drum kicks, extreme gore, naff acting, terrible timing and creepy synth sounds will certainly satisfy. If you're looking for sophisticated horror then you should avoid. If you love all the aesthetics and cliches that make an 80s slasher then you're in for a treat.

  • Oct 09, 2017

    Yllättävän paljon splatteria ja gorea. Muutoin aika tyypillinen B-luokan leffa näyttelijöineen.

    Yllättävän paljon splatteria ja gorea. Muutoin aika tyypillinen B-luokan leffa näyttelijöineen.

  • Sep 03, 2017

    I found this one rather confusing (if watchable) at times, because it feels like it's set in an apartment complex or something, not anywhere remote or removed from the world, so when it goes into slasher territory, you wonder why no one is calling the cops from the neighbors house, y'know? Ultimately it's about a murderer who frames his twin for his crimes and then decides to start up killing again years later when the wrongly convicted twin escapes custody and comes home on Thanksgiving, because who doesn't wanna be home for the holidays? And for revenge. Anyway, it's an interesting watch, so give that mother a rental.

    I found this one rather confusing (if watchable) at times, because it feels like it's set in an apartment complex or something, not anywhere remote or removed from the world, so when it goes into slasher territory, you wonder why no one is calling the cops from the neighbors house, y'know? Ultimately it's about a murderer who frames his twin for his crimes and then decides to start up killing again years later when the wrongly convicted twin escapes custody and comes home on Thanksgiving, because who doesn't wanna be home for the holidays? And for revenge. Anyway, it's an interesting watch, so give that mother a rental.

  • Jesse O Super Reviewer
    Feb 27, 2017

    You know you're in for quite the movie when, after having committed a murder, a kid frames his twin brother by smearing blood on his face and having given him the murder weapon. There's nothing wrong with that, so far. The problem comes in the fact that, as the kid is framing his brother, people are actually coming towards them to see what the deal is. So, yes, people see this kid framing his brother and who goes to the mental institution for the crime? Why, of course, the innocent brother. Apparently the witnesses just suffered collective memory loss, because no one even bothered to tell the police what they saw. Naturally speaking Todd, the innocent brother, escapes from the mental institution, this triggers something in Terry, the murderous asshole, which causes him to go on a killing spree. Of course, Todd having escaped leads everyone to believe that Todd is the one responsible for these murders. Simple enough. Honestly speaking, if it wasn't for that bit of stupidity at the beginning of the film, I would have had no problem calling this a fairly solid 80s slasher, which is the film's original title. I really do think that the stupidity of having the kid try to frame his twin brother while people are actually seeing him do it held it back a bit. As far as it's concerned, I found this to be a surprisingly interesting slasher for one reason and one reason only. And that is the relationship between Terry, the bad seed, and his mother. They don't actually have a lot of scenes together, but there's this subtext that they have a, somewhat, incestuous relationship with each other. The film makes this obvious, in how Terry reacts to his mother's engagement. And there's also the scene where the mother, thinking she's talking to Terry, gives Todd a kiss on the lips. It wasn't like a kiss you'd give a boyfriend, of course, but it's just another piece of the puzzle. Like I said, they're not exactly subtle about this, but it's something that, really, I haven't actually seen in any 80s slasher. You could say Jason and his mother in the first Friday The 13th, but that relationship is more Jason's mother dominating him, sort of like Ed Gein's mother. This movie, fairly openly in fact, embraces the incestuous angle and I was legitimately surprised by that. Here I wanted a goofy 80s slasher and I ended up getting a story with incest as its subtext. The acting, particularly for a film of this era, is surprisingly solid all things considered. Mark Soper who, obviously, plays both brothers, does quite a good job. He's an effective psychopath when he plays Terry and he's effective at Todd's timidness. The characters aren't fleshed out any more than that, and did you really expect them to be, but Mark Soper gives a good performance regardless. Louise Lasser is also solid, even if all she does is drink wine and clean around the house. She finally starts to take action near the end of the film, which leads to another piece of the puzzle of the incestuous relationship between Terry and her mother. I'm not gonna spoil it, but it's there. But people that decide to watch this movie don't really care about the story, they care about the blood and gore. And, outside of some silly effects, the blood and gore is really quite strong. As far as an 80s slasher, in an era when Jason and Freddy were at their peak and toned down their violence, this movie stands out because of that. It's not like the violence in this movie is at the level of a Ichi The Killer, as an example, but it's still quite good for the era. I don't know what else to say about this movie, it's far more interesting than it lets on. It's also a very brief movie, so it doesn't overstay its welcome. You know what, I don't give a shit, I'll give this movie 3 stars. It has some goofiness, yes, and I can't deny that, but I still enjoyed this movie. It's got some solid performances, interesting subtext and good enough gore to satisfy horror geeks. So I'd recommend it if you're looking for a quick horror fix.

    You know you're in for quite the movie when, after having committed a murder, a kid frames his twin brother by smearing blood on his face and having given him the murder weapon. There's nothing wrong with that, so far. The problem comes in the fact that, as the kid is framing his brother, people are actually coming towards them to see what the deal is. So, yes, people see this kid framing his brother and who goes to the mental institution for the crime? Why, of course, the innocent brother. Apparently the witnesses just suffered collective memory loss, because no one even bothered to tell the police what they saw. Naturally speaking Todd, the innocent brother, escapes from the mental institution, this triggers something in Terry, the murderous asshole, which causes him to go on a killing spree. Of course, Todd having escaped leads everyone to believe that Todd is the one responsible for these murders. Simple enough. Honestly speaking, if it wasn't for that bit of stupidity at the beginning of the film, I would have had no problem calling this a fairly solid 80s slasher, which is the film's original title. I really do think that the stupidity of having the kid try to frame his twin brother while people are actually seeing him do it held it back a bit. As far as it's concerned, I found this to be a surprisingly interesting slasher for one reason and one reason only. And that is the relationship between Terry, the bad seed, and his mother. They don't actually have a lot of scenes together, but there's this subtext that they have a, somewhat, incestuous relationship with each other. The film makes this obvious, in how Terry reacts to his mother's engagement. And there's also the scene where the mother, thinking she's talking to Terry, gives Todd a kiss on the lips. It wasn't like a kiss you'd give a boyfriend, of course, but it's just another piece of the puzzle. Like I said, they're not exactly subtle about this, but it's something that, really, I haven't actually seen in any 80s slasher. You could say Jason and his mother in the first Friday The 13th, but that relationship is more Jason's mother dominating him, sort of like Ed Gein's mother. This movie, fairly openly in fact, embraces the incestuous angle and I was legitimately surprised by that. Here I wanted a goofy 80s slasher and I ended up getting a story with incest as its subtext. The acting, particularly for a film of this era, is surprisingly solid all things considered. Mark Soper who, obviously, plays both brothers, does quite a good job. He's an effective psychopath when he plays Terry and he's effective at Todd's timidness. The characters aren't fleshed out any more than that, and did you really expect them to be, but Mark Soper gives a good performance regardless. Louise Lasser is also solid, even if all she does is drink wine and clean around the house. She finally starts to take action near the end of the film, which leads to another piece of the puzzle of the incestuous relationship between Terry and her mother. I'm not gonna spoil it, but it's there. But people that decide to watch this movie don't really care about the story, they care about the blood and gore. And, outside of some silly effects, the blood and gore is really quite strong. As far as an 80s slasher, in an era when Jason and Freddy were at their peak and toned down their violence, this movie stands out because of that. It's not like the violence in this movie is at the level of a Ichi The Killer, as an example, but it's still quite good for the era. I don't know what else to say about this movie, it's far more interesting than it lets on. It's also a very brief movie, so it doesn't overstay its welcome. You know what, I don't give a shit, I'll give this movie 3 stars. It has some goofiness, yes, and I can't deny that, but I still enjoyed this movie. It's got some solid performances, interesting subtext and good enough gore to satisfy horror geeks. So I'd recommend it if you're looking for a quick horror fix.

  • Jan 06, 2017

    Goes some way to being a John Carpenter clone in style and music, although as a slasher horror it has a cult worthiness of its own.

    Goes some way to being a John Carpenter clone in style and music, although as a slasher horror it has a cult worthiness of its own.

  • Dec 30, 2016

    How on earth did I go so long without even hearing about this so bad it's good slasher from the 80's. It is crazy-bad, but in a pretty awesome way.

    How on earth did I go so long without even hearing about this so bad it's good slasher from the 80's. It is crazy-bad, but in a pretty awesome way.

  • Dec 06, 2016

    Wonderfully trashy slasher that has enough stylistic flourishes to help keep it a cut above the plethora that were released at the time.

    Wonderfully trashy slasher that has enough stylistic flourishes to help keep it a cut above the plethora that were released at the time.