WTFW: Silent Rage (1982)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WTFW: Silent Rage (1982)

What if I told you Mr. Walker Texas Ranger Chuck Norris made a science fiction movie?  Insert favorite “Chuck Norris Fact” about aliens, mine is Extra Terrestrials often visit Earth from other galaxies - they're here to see if Chuck Norris really exists.  Ha ha, I kid.  No really, Chuck Norris made a science fiction film.

Silent Rage (1982)

  • Genre: Action – Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Michael Miller
  • Produced:
    • Andy Howard 
    • Paul Lewis 
    • Aaron Norris 
    • Anthony B. Unger
  • Written:
    • Joseph Fraley 
    • Edward Di Lorenzo
  • Starring: Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Steven Keats, Toni Kalem, William Finley, Brian Libby, Stephen Furst, Stephanie Dunnam, Joyce Ingle
  • Music:
    • Peter Bernstein 
    • Mark Goldenberg
  • Cinematography:
    • Robert C. Jessup 
    • Neil Roach
  • Editing: Richard C. Meyer
  • Studio:
    • Columbia Pictures Corporation 
    • Topkick Productions
  • Distributed:
    • Columbia Pictures  
    • Columbia Home Video  
    • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment  
    • GoodTimes Home Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 2 April 1982 (USA)
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Silent Rage is a 1982 romantic / action / science fiction / horror movie starring Chuck Norris and directed by Michael Miller.  Think Species but with way more roundhouse kicks to the face to initiate coupling.  Ok, this movie is actually nothing like that.

In a small Texas town, the mentally ill John Kirby goes insane (ed: wouldn’t he already be insane and just succumbing to his mental illness?) and kills two members of a family he was staying with.  Sheriff Daniel "Dan" Stevens and his deputy Charlie respond and eventually arrest Kirby, but Kirby breaks out of the handcuffs, overpowers other officers and grabs one of their guns, forcing the officers to open fire and shoot Kirby.  Kirby suffers severe gunshot wounds and is near death.

Kirby is transported to an institute where his psychiatrist, Thomas "Tom" Halman, works along with medical doctors Spires and Vaughn, who are also genetic engineers (ed: Psychology and Genetics are often taught together you know.).  In an attempt to save Kirby, Dr. Spires suggests that they use the formula they created (ed: To hell with testing and drug trials!  Those suits at the FDA are always trying to keep a brother down.).  However, Dr. Halman objects in light of Kirby's psychosis.  Dr. Spires first decides that Halman is right, but then ignores the consequences and proceeds to use the formula once Dr. Halman leaves.  The formula revives Kirby and renders him nearly invulnerable (ed: Testing that stuff on a lab rat would have prepared you for this situation, but what do I or the FDA know right? Damn the man and fight the power!).  Kirby then escapes from the institute and tracks Dr Halman at his home.  Halman attempts to kill Kirby, but Kirby kills him first.  Nancy, Halman's wife, discovers Halman's body and tries to run away from Kirby but is killed as well.

Allison arrives at the Halman's to pick up some gear for a trip she and Stevens are going on only to discover the Halmans' corpses.  Kirby escapes and Stevens and the police arrive at the scene and Allison is taken to the Institute by Stevens and Charlie.  Kirby returns to the institute to get his wounds treated by Dr Spires and Dr Vaughn.  However, Spires and Vaughn realize the situation is out of control.  Spires leaves to go and look through some samples leaving Vaughn with Kirby.  Vaughn injects Kirby with a fatal dose of poison.  However Kirby survives and catches up with Vaughn and in a brief struggle Kirby kills Vaughn by stabbing him in the neck with the same syringe.  Spires then discovers Vaughn's body and goes to his office where Kirby tracks him down and kills him by breaking his neck.  Meanwhile, Charlie is watching Allison while Stevens is out.  Charlie and Allison leave the office and come across Kirby killing one of the workers.  Charlie tries to make Kirby surrender but Kirby attacks Charlie and kills him by breaking Charlie's back in a bear hug.  Stevens arrives and finds Charlie fatally injured.  Stevens saves Allison From Kirby's attack in Spires office.  Sheriff Stevens tracks down Kirby in the hope that he can put an end to the carnage.  He finally finds Kirby and is able to crash his car, light him on fire, throw him into a lake, roundhouse kick him several times, and eventually throws him down a well.  As Stevens leaves, however, Kirby's head comes out of the water, at which point the film ends.

Now a series of words that I hope scare you as much as it scared me, the film was remade in 2009 as “Indestructible”.

Indestructible (2009)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Matt Spease
  • Produced:
    • Roxanne Burnett 
    • Charlie Spease 
    • Matt Spease
  • Written:
    • Matt Spease 
    • John Vasiliou
  • Starring: Phil Giourousis, Mimi Tran, Jade Michael LaFont, Mitch Mason, Rufus English, Matt Spease, Lilith Stabs, Sarah Teed, Daniel Ramme, Ashley Rebecca Hicks, Daisy Owings, Melissa Jecker, Haley Voiles, Chris Randall, Charlie Spease, Steve Troup, Steven Scott Austin
  • Music:
    • Chris Rey 
    • Matt Spease 
    • Paul Zlotucha
  • Cinematography: Matt Spease
  • Editing: Matt Spease
  • Studio: Dark Night Films
  • Distributed: Dark Night Films
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 31 July 2009 (USA)
  • Running Time: 83 min
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

A man with horrible psychological problems snaps and goes on a short murder spree before being gunned down by the local Sheriff and his deputy.  What should be the end of the story is only the beginning as a ambitious doctor decides to test his latest experimental drug on the body of the man.  In a Frankenstein-like twist the drug works all too well and the man comes back, now with super human strength and is near indestructible.

Written by Canada's John Vasiliou, this feature film is the resurrection of one of Matt's earliest short films, Killseeker.  This is a sequel “Indestructible: Afterlife” but unfortunately had to cook dinner and was unable to watch it in time for this article.



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