In 1982 there were two types of genre films that were on fire. Horror, and action. And by action I mean Martial Arts. Chuck Norris was pretty popular at the time so Columbia Pictures decided to take Chuck and have him fight an unstoppable killer like say a Jason or Michael Myers. The result was Silent Rage. It’s a different film to say the least, and it has one hell of a following. Loved by action fans and horror alike. It was a big VHS rental back in the day and now Mill Creek is giving it their retro VHS cover Blu-ray release.
Chuck stars as Sherriff Dan Stevens. In the beginning he is after a total nut case named John Kirby who is in the process of killing his family. Chuck stops him of course by gunning him down. Turns out John was completely insane so he is taken to his Shrink as opposed to the emergency room for his life threatening injuries. His doctor, and another colleague have created a regeneration formula, that when injected should enhance your strength and make your cells regenerate, thus making you basically a superman who can’t be killed. They decide it’s a good idea to inject this into a homicidal maniac.
That’s not a great idea as John breaks out and begins going on a killing spree. People try to stop him but as he can’t be killed he is basically on a killing spree. In one really cool scene they attempt to stop him by injecting acid into him. That doesn’t work either. But one thing can stop him, or one man I should say, as Chuck Norris goes after him with his martial arts fury. Like the cover says “Science Created Him, now Chuck Norris Must Destroy Him"
I have to give the film credit, the horror element is really well done. John Kirby is played by Brian Libby, and he does an amazing job. He’s a very effective actor in this role and at times looks truly frightening. His mannerisms are done perfectly. Chuck is Chuck, so if you like him in one role you will like him in all his roles. In my opinion he plays the part a bit to serious, as the premise is pretty goofy. His fans loved it and the film went on to do really well at the box office. It also became a staple of VHS rentals.
Because of that Mill Creek has released it as part of their retro VHS cover Blu-rays. I have to say first and foremost even if you don’t like the movie you need to buy it for the cover art alone. It’s the original artwork that features Chuck starring off into space on the right, and another photo of him doing one of his trademark jump kicks on the right upper cover. Below him is a pair of evil eyes with a lifeline monitor going through them. Throw in the Action Thriller sticker, and some worn out designs and you have a winner.
If you’re a fan of the movie this is a must buy as the transfer is great. The video and audio scan are flawless. This is the best looking print of this film I have seen.
I really love these retro cover Blu-rays, and with Mill Creek’s low prices it’s very easy and fun to collect them all. Like I said the cover alone makes it a must own. Go out and pick this one up.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!