Ashley picks up her husband Max after his stint in the big House and begins a trek through the Pacific Northwest replete with yokel locals, disappointing sex, and a batch of missing persons that rumor has it were spirited away by what the natives call Oh-Mah…also known as Bigfoot to you and me. Soon the duo find themselves well and truly in the shit when they find themselves lost in the woods (after a series of incidents involving an outrageously mutilated man, a mysterious force hucking rocks at roughly the speed of light, and a wild n’ woolly trip down some rapids). As they trek ever on it becomes evident that something large and hairy is on their trail and before long the woods run red with blood!
Let’s get the nuts and bolts out of the way before we get to the ghoulish gravy shall we? Primal Rage is one hell of a well made fright flick! The story of our troubled couple is well handled (and a nice departure from the normal cardboard cutout victims we normally get in creature features such as this) and acted with utmost believability by Casey Gagliardi and Andrew Joseph Montgomery as Ashley and Max respectively. The couple has great chemistry, and it is easy to become engaged in their plight. Another fantastic element of this production is the location itself…the forest is at once foreboding and beautiful, and the utilization of sweeping aerial shots really drives home the isolation one would feel stranded within it’s confines. There is also an amazing amount of mounting tension that plays throughout the film, not only because there is an angry monster on the loose, but our protagonists have to deal with a group of hunters who make things increasingly uncomfortable (with the real standout of the gang being their leader B.D, played by Marshal Hilton…this dude just oozes bad times and is every bit as chilling as ol’ Oh-Mah).
But you didn’t come here looking for pathos and pretty pictures…you came here to see how everybody’s favorite hairy scary was handled, and let me tell you cats this is the best big screen Bigfoot yours cruelly has ever laid his putrid peepers on! Besides being an amazing work of practical effects genius (realized by the film’s Director/Co-Writer Patrick Magee) this crimson eyed brute has brains as well as brawn, and utilizes bark armor for camouflage as well as bow and arrows, tomahawks…it’s as different a take on the beast as I’ve ever seen and it’s 100% balls out awesome…oh, and when he goes full berserker barrage he does a Gelada baboon lip flip deal that makes his face a rictus grin of dagger fangs! Special mention also goes to the astounding gore and blood displayed as well…a real horror hounds wet dream and a treat for the eerie eyeballs as it’s realized, as with the creature suit, with good ol’ practical effects wizardry! As an unexpected treat, Primal Rage also features one of the best damn “swamp witch” style make-ups I’ve ever seen as well…face it fright fans, this one just keeps on givin’ and givin’!
Simply put, Primal Rage is the best creature feature I have seen in years; it has characters you actually give a damn about, tension you can cut with a tomahawk, and so many rad-ass practical gore, make-up, and suit effects your putrid peepers will melt out of your skull and form a wet puddle in your lap! See this fright flick as soon as you can my creeps; you will absolutely fall in love with this piece of monster movie perfection!
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