Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Silent Rage (1982)

Director: Michael Miller

Writers: Joseph Fraley, Edward Di Lorenzo

Composers: Peter Bernstein, Mark Goldenberg

Starring: Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, Toni Kalem, William Finley, Brian Libby, Stephen Furst, Stephanie Dunnam, Joyce Ingle, Jay De Plano, Lillette Zoe Raley, Mike Johnson, Linda Tatum

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The king of martial arts versus a bionic killing machine!

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Well waddayaknow.  I just broke my Chuck-Norris-in-a-starring-role cherry and I've got a pretty good idea I picked the wrong film to do it with.  It did come as a surprise, though, when I realized early on it was more of a horror/slasher picture than an action flick.  Neat.  Here's some trivia, Katy "Peg Bundy" Sagal sings the cheesy song that's played during the love scene.  So how was Norris?  He did OK with a touch of the 'can't acts'. The fight scenes were surprisingly slow and clumsy.  Some of the actors/stuntmen, including Norris, telegraph and wait for the punches.  That can at least be fixed with tighter editing.  The movie's already 100 minutes long, something that it surprisingly doesn't feel that bad but it could still use a good 15 minute trim.  Geez.  Has anyone every known of a cop (in real life) as simple and child-like as Charlie (Furst)?  He seemed better suited in a 70s car crash movie where the cops are bumbling idiots and there are slide whistles on the soundtrack. I was really taken aback by that.  The music sometimes works in that synth-score slasher movie kind of way.  The ending played out like you'd expect.  I'm not going to give up just yet on Norris but I do want to stick around his earlier output before graduating to any of the later ones.  At least this movie had some great tits, right?  I can be a pig sometimes.  No need to get hostile.

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