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Friday
Aug242012

RAGE!

Rage

Written and Directed by: Christopher Witherspoon

Produced by: Shawn Smith and Darrell Smith

Brought to you by: Big Screen Ventures, LLC

Released 2010

Starring: Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Christopher Witherspoon, with M.L. Maltz, Joe Black-Jacob, Anna Lodej, Richard Topping and Spencer Conway

Reviewer: Splatter Flick Chick

Unfaithfulness seems to run rampant in our society today. Often times cheating goes on unchecked but everyone knows of at least one someone who tried to juggle more than one partner and didn’t come out on top. Rage tells the graphic story of one such man who thought he could break things off with Dana (Lodej) his gal on the side, hoping to return his focus to his middle-class married life dream. As Dennis Twist (Crawford) tells his wife, Crystal (Walker) he loves her and hops into the new car she just bought him, he’s already thinking about how he’s going to break things off with his girlfriend Dana before he meets his shrink for lunch.

On his way into town, set in gorgeous Portland, Oregon, Twist has a bizarre road rage incident with a motorcycle driver (Witherspoon) that he seemingly dismisses as yet another crazy biker on the road. Little does he know, it’s certainly not the last time he’s going to cross paths with this biker again. During the break-up scene, Dana hopes that Dennis is not breaking up with her because he’s afraid of her ex, who she reveals is recently released from jail. Dennis sticks to his original stance; he loves his wife. But the seed is now planted; the mysterious psycho biker, determined to make his horrible mark on Twists’ life, must be Dana’s ex! If you like chase scenes, you’re in for a treat, as Twist consistently attempts to evade the psycho biker Witherspoon plays so very, very well!

“Listen, I just think that when a person does bad things, it’s gonna come back on them somehow,” shares Twist with his psychiatrist, over lunch, at the beginning of the film. Twist knows he made the right decision breaking off his affair, but the wheels of karma are already in motion. The remainder of the film paints a vivid picture of how bad things could get when guilt and infidelity wrap their deadly fingers around a cheating husband. Karma is a BITCH, Baby! Viewers will be on the edge of their seats, nerves raw, adrenaline pumping, fighting to look away from the brutal scenes of gore and rape, hoping for a moment of reprieve from Rage, to no avail. There is no escaping Witherspoon’s ability to keep all eyes glued to the screen! 

I haven’t seen an independent film of this caliber in quite some time! I loved the artwork, and taglines, so much I had to share one of the movie posters below. The acting was solid. The story is brilliant. The twist is outstanding. Rage deserves at least 7.5 out of 10 stars!!! I HIGHLY recommend this sick and twisted, yet extremely clever movie, but proceed with caution; Rage is NOT for the faint of heart. 

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Friday
Aug242012

More Zombies

Zombie Fallout

Written By: Mark Tufo

Cover Art by: Shaed Studios

Copyright @ 2010

Horror/Thriller

Reviewer: Splatter Flick Chick

“It’s not whether he can operate the cutters, it’s that he is trying at all. It’s like he’s remembering a lost skill or trying to attain a new one.” It’s finally happened; zombies are showing signs of adapting to and possibly learning from their environment! If you’re a hardcore zombie fan like me, you’ve seen the shuffling zombies, the balls-out running zombies, hell you’ve even seen zombies herd, but this is the first time I’ve been introduced to zombies that adapt to their surroundings. Not only do Tufo’s zombies attempt the use of tools but they also appear to make group decisions about…well, you’ll just have to read his book yourself. Need more reasons to pick up Zombie Fallout (ZF)? Please read on…

It’s human nature to root for the underdog, especially if he is bad ass marine named Michael Talbot. Given Tufo’s marine experience, readers get the extra benefit of his first hand survival instincts, weapons experience, and fighting techniques interwoven between the pages of his first zombie thriller in the series. Tufo successfully blended his real life marine experience with his account of the end of days.  And since most horror fans like a good story that COULD actually take place, making the story as true to life as possible is imperative.  Given all the rumors surrounding vaccines and CDC trials, people are at risk, every day, to suffer from a far reaching, horrible catastrophe that threatens the human race as a result of scientists attempting to save it. So who better to lead the human race against the zombies then an ex-marine, his brave wife and their sons, who just so happened to be raised to not only know how to respect guns but who also happen to be pretty damn good operators? Together, with their surviving neighbors, they work to protect their ‘gated community’, gather supplies and weapons, and formulate a plan to survive the Zombie Fallout.

Tufo has the gift of making the readers not only clearly envision each character and what makes them tick, but he also makes sure we really care about them as if they were really OUR friends and family. The reader feels a part of the story, grieving the loss of Talbot’s loved ones, chests tightening with the panic of being completely surrounded by zombies. Tufo’s ability to make readers smell the undead, visualize their various stages of decomposition, and instill fear in his new found followers is a gift. I highly recommend this book, and cannot wait to dive head first into the Zombie Fallout series. I dare you to only read one chapter a day; I found it impossible to put this book down!!!

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