Saturday, July 7, 2012
Movie Review: Silent Rage (1982)
A sometimes astoundingly bad mishmash of warmed-over horror, superfluous martial arts, and oafish romance, Silent Rage temptingly flirts with the "so bad it's good" category but settles for just plain incompetent.
But the local hospital has a secret wing controlled by three doctors experimenting with powerful cell regenerating drugs. The ring leader is the egotistical Doctor Spires (Steven Keats), who overcomes the objections of the more reasonable Doctor Halman (Ron Silver) and injects Kirby with a super-healing formula that renders him nearly indestructible. Kirby is soon loose and spreading terror killing everyone in sight, with Halman and his wife among the targets. Stevens has to interrupt a revived romance with Halman's sister Alison (Toni Kalem) to put an end to the carnage.
Directed by Michael Miller, whose talent subsequently consigned him to a career helming cheap made-for-TV movies, Silent Rage accurately describes the burning anger at Chuck Norris and Brian Libby for prolonging the movie with an endless final confrontation. When things are this bad, it does not matter who lives and who dies, or why: the credits just can't come soon enough.
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