A couple heading up the Pacific Northwest are thrust into a game of cat-and-mouse with a giant primeval simian resembling Bigfoot in Patrick Magee’s graphic and blood drenched monster movie Primal Rage.
Superior practical effects give this film its edge and they are jarring at times, so take heed, this isn’t B-movie hokum.
Ashley and Max are married and have recently reunited after Max was released from a year in jail. As they make their way up the highway through giant redwoods and lush pacific coast fauna to reunite with their young son, they strike something violently in their Jeep. It turns out to be a man who may have already been half dead when he fell into the road.
Ashley calls the local small-town police ignoring Max’s protests; he fears he will be sent back to prison because he’s been drinking in the car.
Suddenly Max is struck on the head with a huge rock which sends him stumbling over the embankment and into a rushing river. Ashley’s quick thinking saves him, but the current has carried them a ways downstream. Unfortunately, their nightmare has only just begun.
Cold and half naked, the couple make their way back through the forest and hopefully toward the highway but run into a gang of local hunters who antagonize and enkindle Max’s anger.
All hell breaks loose when the huntsmen get attacked by the Sasquatch locals call Oh-Mah and meet their doom in a variety of gruesome ways. The monster is an expert shot with a bow and arrow, but he doesn’t miss a chance to use his hands or feet as killing devices either.
The local Sherriff, a Native American, is all too familiar with the ancient monster and tries to ease a local woman’s fears whose husband has gone missing. In fact, many people have gone missing in the area. He sets out to investigate the 911 call Ashley made before they fell into the river.
Meanwhile Ashley’s been separated from Max after the bloodbath with the hunters using her wits and level-headedness to ward off the creature while Max has been taken to the cabin of the Whispering Woman, an ugly shaman who nurses him back to health.
Primal Rage is a suspenseful, nicely paced gorefest. The credits list more effects talent than any other department combined which makes sense because Director Partick Magee is a veteran in the business.
He’s worked on Jurassic Park III, Dark Ride, Spider Man and Men in Black 3 just to name a few. He does a fine job in his directorial debut stitching together action pieces with suspense culminating into an interesting final twist.
There are obvious nods to the original Predator in Primal Rage, but that only means Magee knows and embraces his audience.
Nicely acted with incredible practical gore effects, Primal Rage gives its audience a suspenseful bloody thrill ride with emotional range. This is a must-see for fans who appreciate a good vigorously paced monster movie, plenty of serious non-CGI kills all beautifully shot in the forests of Northern California.
Primal Rage will have a one night only screening on Tuesday, February 27, at a theater near you.
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Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.
‘The Last Drive-In’ Changes to Single Movie Approach Over Double Features
Well, while I always enjoy more Joe Bob Briggs in my life I am not sure about AMC’s latest decision for Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In. The news going around is that the team would be getting a “super-sized” season. While it does go on a little longer than we are used to, it comes with a huge bummer as well.
The “super-sized” season will also include the upcoming John Carpenter Halloween special and the Daryl Dixon Walking Dead series’ first episodes. It also includes a Christmas Episode and a Valentine’s Day episode. When the true season begins next year it will give us one episode every other week in place of the much-loved double-feature.
This will stretch out the season further but not by giving fans extra films. Instead, it will skip a week and skip out on the late-night fun of the double feature.
This is a decision made by AMC Sudder and not by the team at The Last Drive-In.
I’m hoping that a well-placed petition may assist in getting the double features back. But only time will tell.
What do you think about the new line-up for The Last Drive-In? Will you miss the double features and the string of consistent episodes? Let us know in the comments section.