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Monday, June 14, 2010

Run! Bitch Run!(2009)


This one has been causing a ruckus online since it's DVD release earlier this year. It's one of those polarizing films that you either love or hate. Actually, I didn't exactly love it, but I respected what the filmmakers were trying to do, and succeeded for the most part. In the past decade there have been some decent "retro/throwback/70's/grindhouse/exploitation films. I really liked Black Devil Doll and all of it's absurdity, and I seem to be the only person that liked Tarrantino's Death Proof. Those kind of films were what I saw a lot of as a kid, and are like comfort food to me. So I love when these throwback films capture the mood and look of their predecessors.

Run! Bitch Run! is certainly a flawed film, it has editing problems, certain scenes go on forever, with no need to do so. Most of the gore scenes are cut aways, and you don't really see the killings, until near the end, and it gets a bit messier. I don't watch these films for the sex scenes, but there are quite a few, and the participants are not really pretty. The story is about two Christian school girls who while out selling things to raise money for their church, encounter a sleazy group of pimps/hoes/ and drug dealers. The bad guys hold the girls hostage and sexually assault them and ultimately kill one of them. The second girl is taken into the woods(ala I Spit On Your Grave) and raped. One of the assailants is supposed to kill her and leave her, but after she falls down an embankment, he thinks she is dead, and leaves. Also just like ISOYG, she nurses herself back, and goes for revenge. Dressed in nurse's uniform, she picks them off one by one. As always, you will know if this one is for you. The film stock looks old school, so it looks amazing. If you are solely looking for gore or sex, skip this one. If you just want a schlocky good time, you will indeed get that.

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