From Hooker Murder to Evil Twins: Blood Rage!

Yet again, we have another example of films getting confused for each other…although this time, it’s because of IMDB and a nearly identical title. I first became aware of this film thanks to my good friend Tom P, who had seen this cover:

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and decided it looked like a sleazy hidden gem. I couldn’t agree more, so I looked it up on IMDB, and began my search for the film. The image above implied that Prostitutes were the targets of the killings in the film, and the plot synopsis suggests a man who is blamed for the murders committed by his Evil Twin. Upon viewing the uncut film, I was somewhat confused by the lack of Hooker deaths…or of Hookers in general. A little further digging revealed that the image above is for Bloodrage (1979) aka, Never Pick Up A Stranger, and the synopsis described with the Twins is for Blood Rage (1987) aka Nightmare At Shadow Woods. Fuckin IMDB!

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The film opens set in a drive in theater, to a fantastic pulsing 80’s synth track, and we meet twins Todd and Terry. The twins sneak out of their parents car to create a little mischief…and they just so happen to bring a hatchet with them. Terry brutally murders a young couple as they are back-seat-banging, then immediatly thrusts the bloody Hatchet into the hands of his brother Todd, and smears blood on him. Todd is standing there in shock, so when Terry claims that Todd killed the couple, it is accepted as fact and he spends the next 10 years in an asylum. Terry is a fucking dick!

While his brother is locked away, Terry lives a spoiled life of an only child, seeming well-adjusted and popular, but upon receiving word that Todd has escaped, resumes his murderous ways, brutally slaying anyone he can find in an effort to further frame Todd. The film feels too long by about 20 minutes, but manages to hold my attention with horrible dialogue, over the top kills, and pure cheese. It is sex and violence just for the sake of it, with both elements shoe-horned into the film at every opportunity. The plot is thin, the premise weak, the acting atrocious, the dialogue terrible, and the film as a whole is really quite poor…yet it still retains it’s watchability. Crack open a beer or six, gather some friends, and enjoy this slice of 80’s sleaze.

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