|BLOOD RAGE (NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS) (director: John Grissmer; screenwriter: Richard Lamden; cinematographer: ; editor: ; music: Richard Einhorn ; cast: Louise Lasser (Maddy), Mark Soper (Todd/Terry), Marianne Kanter (Dr. Berman), Julie Gordon (Karen), Jayne Bentzen (Julie), Lisa Randall (Andrea), William Fuller (Brad); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Marianne Kanter; Legacy Entertainment; 1987)|
|"Despite an intriguing
premise, the pic falters. It
seems played only for laughs."
by Dennis Schwartz
almost decent slasher pic--it delivers the gore and
gets a zany performance from Louise Lasser-- was
directed by John Grissmer ("Scalpel"). It was
filmed in Jacksonville, Florida, and
released fours years after it was made. Richard
Lamden is the writer.
1974, in Jacksonville, Mark Soper plays both of the
adorable identical twin 10-year-old boys. Both Terry
and Todd sneak out of mom's car at a drive-in, while
she makes out with her boyfriend in the front seat.
When the boys come across a couple making out, Terry
uses a hatchet to do a number on
the man and then frames his shocked brother Todd
for the brutal murder. Thereby Todd is placed
under the care
of the psychiatrist Dr. Berman (Marianne Kanter)
at the asylum, while Terry lives with his mother,
Maddy (Louise Lasser).
Ten years later, on Thanksgiving
night, the innocent brother has doubts
about his guilt and escapes from the asylum.
This prompts the real killer to go on a killing
spree--even killing mom's fiance and leaving many
locals slashed to death at Shadow Woods, the
housing complex where mom lives.
Despite an intriguing premise,
the pic falters. It seems played only for laughs.
It might work best if viewed as an oddity.
REVIEWED ON 1/17/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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