Tuesday 6 December 2011

DVD review: Chaos (I)(2005)

Emily (Chantal Degroat) and her friend Angelica (Maya Barovich) go to a rave in the woods, and when they arrive, they meet a stranger called Swan (Sage Stallone) that promises some Ecstasy for the girls. They follow him to a cabin into the forest where they meet the sadistic gang leaded by the psychotic Chaos (Kevin Gage). The girls are abused, tortured and raped in a night of nightmare and murder. When the killers van breaks down they make it to a house not to far from where they murdered the girls. What they don't realize is the house they made it to is one of the girls parents whom they murdered. According to the IMDB Chaos was originally planned as a remake of Last House on the Left but shortly after production started it was decided to make it a original feature but is hard ignore the abundance of similarities between the films so I would definitely call it a ripoff.
It´s a well made little film, the low budget isn´t that noticeable...The acting is mostly good, the exception being Deborah Lacey and Scott Richards (who play the parents of Emily), they are pretty bad. I do want to point out that Maya Barovich is very good as Angelica and Kevin Gage is brilliant as the psychotic and extremely vicious Chaos.
The special fx is well made and there is some nice gory scenes for instance when a chainsaw is put into play. With a runtime of just 74 min Chaos has a high pace, you won´t get bored or turn away from the screen and the terror is unrelenting.. Some particular scenes are very graphic and there are scenes of sexual violence that are definitely not for the squemish. The death scenes in the film are agonizingly brutal and quite shocking.
The review is based on a DVD released by NSM Records that is uncut. Please note that Chaos has been rereleased by NSM Records during 2010 as Last House On The Left 2 - Chaos Rules.
Rating: 6½ out of 7. Who cares if it started as a remake, a sequel, or a rip-off? Chaos is darker, crueler, more brutal and lacks the idiotic humor elements that destroy The Last House on the Left. In my mind Chaos is superior to both Ws Craven´s film and the official big budgeted remake that was made 2009.


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