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When friends Emily and Angelina (Chantal Degroat and Maya Barovich) head to a rave in a nearby wood, we are already anticipating how they will meet their grizzly end. After running
into a stranger named Swan (Sage Stallone) they agree to follow him to a secluded shack on the promise of scoring some ‘E’. It is here that the girls come face to face with Swan’s Gang; His father, Chaos (Kevin Cage), a severely unhinged and sick individual along with his twisted girlfriend Daisy (Kelly K.C. Quann) and their equally unsavoury friend, Frankie (Stephen Wozniak).
The girls are subjected to some pretty horrendous and degrading torment, and it is abundantly clear that the outcome is going to be anything but pleasant.
These scenes are pretty well made, the gore is realistic and the girls’ screams somewhat believable. Where Chaos falls flat is the dialogue, which is predictable and unimaginative; also the fact that its reliance on these barbaric scenes of torture is absolute. These is no depth to the acting or the story, there are timing issues, and more ‘oh, for god’s sake’ moments than I cared to count.
The whole story was a complete rip-off of Last House on the Left, including the ad campaign. A poor copy, with the exception of the ending which was pretty dismal and not as powerful as obviously intended. The music score and lighting added nothing to the whole experience and although the special effects were above par for a low budget film of this genre, they could never do enough to lift Chaos above the many, many mediocre offerings out there.
I like my horror to be creepy and sinister, to keep me guessing, and glued to the screen. I want butt-clenching, nail-biting, heart-pounding, tension and when I go to bed, the need to sleep with the light on!! Chaos was none of these things. It was barbaric and nasty but nothing more.
CHAOS (2005) Director: David DeFalco, Writer: David DeFalco, Cast: Kevin Cage, Sage Stallone, Kelly K. C. Quann, Stephen Wozniak, Chantal Degroat, Maya Barovich.
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