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'Silent Rage - Retro VHS Look'
(Chuck Norris, Brian Libby, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, et al / Blu-ray / R / (1982) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: A sheriff tries to stop the killing spree of a mute maniacal murderer who, as the result of years of medical experimentation, has the ability to self-heal.

Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, 'Silent Rage' is actually a unique one. Chuck Norris is playing a bad ass cop as usual. However, he happens to be up against a Mike Myers/Jason-style slasher villain.

What makes the film unique is that the film doesn't pull any punches in regards to this villain. He's a murderous, unstoppable force who stalks and kills innocent victims in a way that would make Mike Myers applaud.

The sequences of horror are actually scary thanks to some great direction and a very vicious killer, whose presence is always chilling.

Of course, this is a Chuck Norris film and there are some great martial arts fights. A lot less than you might expect from a Chuck film but at one point he takes down an entire bar of overweight bikers ... and it's awesome!

Where the film falls flat, is the rest of the film. When the lead villain isn't going on a murder spree or Chuck isn't kicking fat biker butt, the film is a dreary, dull and clichéd mess.

It's as if the director of the opening sequence (a magnificent long take of a man finally snapping and going on an axe spree) left the project and a by-the-numbers director took over, only to return whenever the killer is next on screen!

Regardless, 'Silent Rage' is a highly interesting watch, even with its flaws. But hey, if you're a Chuck Norris fan you should know not to let a few flaws get in the way of your fun. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.