I have always and will always be a fan of Robert Kurtzman, who's efforts brought us the classic Horror make-up and FX from classics like BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, EVIL DEAD 2, and WISHMASTER, but his fourth directorial effort reeks of all the typical low-budget pitfalls that so many other zombie films have fell prey to in the past. The film finds an embittered Russian scientist releasing a deadly plague upon the world (or the forest surrounding his isolated workshop) in order to avenge himself after Western culture raped him of his cure for cancer. While the Rage virus allows for Kurtzman to display a ton of gooey splatter, the blood and guts are the only things worth staying for in an otherwise messy script. It is difficult to sit through the typical tiresome genre cliches and awful acting by the teen players. The pacing also detracts greatly from the picture, since there are several extended sequences where the characters are chased by zombified vultures rather than zombies (the birds easily receive more screen time than the zombies). I wanted so badly for this to be an unknown splatter classic, but it plays out as nothing more impressive than the recent rash of DTV zombie flicks that have been plaguing the SyFy Channel. This is all the more disheartening considering the strength of Bob's second film WISHMASTER, but it is clear that the monetary constraints weighed heavily on the overall success of the film.
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