Movie Review: The Rage

I watched The Rage this weekend.


Overall, B-Movie nerds must watch this.  It has a very big 80s splatter movie feel to it, with mutants, killer vultures, some bad special effects, some good special effects, disposable obnoxious characters, and that Russian guy from Lost as a mad scientist.


This movie goes for all out B-movie awesomeness by not shying away from clubbing children to death with a tree branch, or a mutant midget who screams KISS THE MONKEY. 


Erin Brown is actually a pretty decent actress, considering that she started out doing porn.  I’m not into that, but she’s always enjoyable in horror movies.  She actually really surprised me in Master Of Horror’s Sick Girl with a really good performance.  There isn’t really a lot of what I would consider good acting in The Rage, but movies like this are not about drama awards, they’re about hitting mutants in the head with pipes, and Erin does a fine job at that.


The mad scientist, played by Andrew Divoff, is excellent.  You may know him as that difficult to kill Russian from Lost, but now he’s the difficult to kill mutant Russian out in the woods.  He does a great job, and I would have to say, best mad scientist since Jeffery Combs. 


It won’t win any awards, but where else can you have an insane midget (with subtitles!) introduce GAR!  The king mutant, and they shout Sayonara F******s!  I loved it to the core of my B-Movie soul.  It made as little sense as Ice Queen, but it did it with STYLE! 

Movie Review: Ice Queen  Eh… it was okay.  If you’re a B-Movie Geek, and you’re bored, and your copy of Big Trouble in Little China has a scratch in it.


The best thing about it is trying to think about the plot, and then trying to coherently explain the plot.  So let me try.  The movie starts out with a helicopter (with really cheesy rocket pod effects), attacking a convoy to steal a biohazard drum.  At no point do we really figure out who is getting attacked, or at least if they did, I wasn’t paying attention. 


Well, the drum contains a naked chick.  Who then gets dressed up in a weird suit with red wires, then there’s a skiing montage made up of stock footage, that can’t seem to decide if it is actually winter, or summer.


Then some dumb guy (oh, wait, I guess he’s the hero) cheats on his girlfriend with some chick with a really absurd boob job.  No really, it’s downright absurd.  There comes a point when a medical professional should just stand up and say, “No!  That’s going too far!  This violates my Hippocratic Oath.  Who am I to play God?”  I’m guessing the mad scientist Russian from The Rage did these. There’s big, and then there’s just unnatural.


Then the guy that stole the biohazard drum, stabs a pilot, for no reason that I can discern.  Then the bad guy and a doctor fly the naked chick out to the snow, while the doctor monologues on and on and on about the frozen chick, and her biology is like an insect, and she’s from the ice age, and on and on and on.  Well, this masterful plot exposition is interrupted when the suit shorts out, and the frozen chick gets REAL ugly, kills the bad guy by freezing his insides out (not nearly as cool an effect as it sounds) and crashes the plane.


Said plane crash then causes an avalanche that goes on for like fifteen minutes.  It is seriously the world’s slowest, yet most destructive avalanche.  Which traps our hero, his idiot girlfriend, the slut with the terrifying boobies, and some stock characters, in a ski lodge with the monster, and the idiot doctor.  There seem to only be a handful of people at the resort, even though there are like 30 cars in the lot that get destroyed by the avalanche.  These people don’t just not carpool.  They’re the anti-carpool.  They actually bring extra cars to work, just to park them, and make a bigger carbon footprint. 


And this avalanche isn’t just terrible.  It is actually the second time we get to see somebody ski right in front of a wall of falling snow, (Save us Vin Diesel!) and we’re only like twenty minutes in, ten of which are exposition, and the other ten are of those boobies. 


There is an obnoxious subplot where a fat ex-alcoholic wanders around the outside of the trapped ski-lodge with his dog.  He finds a cell-phone and calls 911, but they don’t believe him because he’s a drunk.  Oh yeah, somebody at 911 is getting sued for this one.


Also, I loved how the power was out, (in fact, there is an actual EXPLOSION when the power lines get knocked down by the avalanche, because, you know, electricity is flammable), but the power works when it is convenient for the script.  Like how the hand dryer in the bathroom works.  Even though there is a whole scene devoted to the fat guy turning the power on like 30 minutes later. 


The monster then freezes people for the next hour, falls in a hot tub, and dies.  The end.


Yes, seriously, it was actually that bad.   

The movie that I'm the most excited about:  The trailer for Hell Boy II is out. 

Hell Boy rocks.  The comic is great.  Hell, I even liked the cartoons. Mike Mignola is a genius.  Ron Perlman is the greatest B movie actor of all time (which amazingly enough, translates well into A movie actors) and Guillermo del Toro is friggin’ brilliant.  And nobody does dark/crazy evil like a Spainard (just watch Pan’s Labyrinth for example).

Plus I enjoyed the first one.  So, yeah, I’m there opening day.

FBMG now has full line gunsmithing

We’ve recently hired two smiths.  We never had the space in the old store, but the new one has a great work area, which enables us to do just about everything, including refinishing.


Joe used to work for the DOE as an armorer, went to the Colorado School of Trades for his gunsmithing degree, and is our all around smith.  He’s talented, and offers a huge variety of services. 


We got Dave from Vector Arms, and he’ll be concentrating on Saiga conversions. 


We’ve been selling Tromix conversions for years, and Tony Rumore is still the high-Mack Daddy of Saiga conversions, but he’s now backed up for over a year, so we’ve been desperate to have our own in house conversions.  If you’re in the area, stop by next week and you can see the first samples.   

Lawdog Files turns 2

I’m a week late, but I just caught that the Lawdog Files has turned 2. 

Lawdog is probably one the funniest people that I’ve ever known. The man can spin a tale better than just about anyone, and probably the single hardest laugh I’ve ever had reading something online has been about his misadventures stuck in a thorn bush with an amourous and drunken armadillo. 

Going through my list of links, I realize that I know a lot of really funny, intelligent, and articulate folks on the web.  I could say positive things about each of them, and every time I have the time to check in on their blogs, I’m always entertained.  Most of them are pretty cool in real life too.