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Review: Blood Rage (Arrow Video)

Blood Rage
Blood Rage
3.5 stars

Starring: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Marianne Kanter

Directed: John Grissmer

Release Date: December 15, 2015

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video


What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it’s Blood Rage of course!

Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing’s for sure, there will be blood and rage!

Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (re-cut and shown in theaters as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) is a gloriously gruesome slice of 80s slasher heaven now lovingly restored (in 3 versions no less!) from original vault elements for its first ever official home video release. – Arrow Video



Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is Good but not 5 star. Seems a little flat but other than that its sounds good.

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good not perfect as we do the Twinkle stars in the Black portions of the film and at points faces seem soft. But the film is mostly sharp with good Colors.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: June 1987 (USA)
Disc release Date: December 15, 2015 (USA)
    • Three versions of the film – Blood Rage, the original home video version, Nightmare at Shadow Woods, the theatrical re-cut, and an alternate “composite” cut combining footage from both versions
    • Original Stereo 2.0 sound (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
    • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joseph A. Ziemba, author of BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey


    • Brand new 2K restoration of the “hard” home video version, transferred from the camera negative and featuring the original title card Slasher
    • Audio commentary with director John Grissmer
    • Both Sides of the Camera – an interview with producer/actress Marianne Kanter
    • Double Jeopardy – an interview with actor Mark Soper
    • Jeez, Louise! – an interview with actress Louise Lasser
    • Man Behind the Mayhem – an interview with special make-up effects creator Ed French
    • Three Minutes with Ted Raimi – an interview with actor Ted Raimi
    • Return to Shadow Woods – featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida
    • Alternate opening titles
  • Motion still gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes make-up photos
    • Nightmare at Shadow Woods – the re-edited 1987 theatrical cut featuring footage not seen in the Blood Rage home video version
    • Alternate composite cut of the feature combining footage from the home video and theatrical versions
    • Never-before-seen outtakes


My Thoughts

Blood Rage is a Thanksgiving Day Slasher film with good kills, gore along with the sounds of the slicing and axing where great. Now the Whole Thanksgiving theme wasn’t that upfront and probably just showcased in the film or I should say hinted for about a few seconds. The Story is very small and Character build is almost non-existent but doesn’t mean the film is not a good watch and its also not the best watch.

The film for me was a fun watch and I enjoyed the kill scenes as they where pretty cool looking like the first kill when the The killer starts out in the story as a Kid. A guy gets an ax to the face a few times while making out with his girl. The sound effects where great as well when it came to the kills and while we are on the sound the sound track was pretty cool too. Now The acting isn’t so great at spots and at spots it was OK. We do get some Nudity for my viewing pleasures and my perverted mind was also thinking the Mom wanted to make out with her son at one point as she kissed her fully grown son on the mouth while laying in her bed, but hey she was crazy anyway and her role ends with a bang.

Yes the film has its good and bad’s but overall I felt the movie was a fun watch for a slasher with good kills. More kills and more Nudity and better acting would have made the film better along with more Character build on the brothers and perhaps make it a True Thanksgiving slasher by .. you know having more thanksgiving visuals.

With that said I give Blood Rage a 3.5 out of 5 which is what the average rating for this film gets, I Agree with it. I Say if your Slasher film, gore lover, boob viewer, Arrow Video collector type of consumer and film watcher you should pick this film up. P.S. My Copy had a Slip Cover if that fancy’s your Boat. Not only that we also get three version of this film so you can view it 3 times and have 3 different outlooks on the film. Have Fun, I’m off to the next film.



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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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