Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.
What We Thought:
Is Primal Rage good? No, not really. We’ve seen thousands of similar stories before, but what separates the film is the effects. It might be worth seeing for those alone.
The story is about a husband being picked up from jail by his wife. They get into an accident and find themselves lost in the woods. They run into some rednecks and eventually a creature. Been there, done that.
But again, the effects of the film are pretty darn solid. The Bigfoot type creature looks great. We’ve come a long way of being able to tell it’s just a dude in a costume. This creature is scary and has cool details, amazing teeth and good action to him. I was impressed with his design and overall look.
The reason it all looks good is because it’s directed by special effects master Patrick Magee whose work can be seen in “Men in Black 3,” “Spider-Man,” “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” and much more. The creature looks great, but I also liked a lot of the kills. Whether it’s eyes being gouged or heads squashed, I really dug the killings. If the story is going to be unoriginal, give me some great death scenes and it does.
I don’t know if I’m familiar with any of the actors involved in Primal Rage, but you’re watching a horror film in the woods for the creature and that stands up well. It’s not a groundbreaking film or anything, but genre fans should like the gore and effects.