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Run! Bitch Run! (2009)

DVD Cover (Vicious Circle Films)
Genres:
Horror, Sadistic Horror, Sex Horror
Director:
Joseph Guzman Joseph Guzman
Starring:
Ivet Corvea Ivet Corvea
Cheryl Lyone Cheryl Lyone
John Winscher John Winscher
Peter Tahoe Peter Tahoe
Daeg Faerch Daeg Faerch

4.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: August 01, 2011
Normally, I'll come up with some witty introductory paragraph to explain why I decided to review the movie of the moment on this particular day or what led me to check it out. Maybe I'll mention that it's a Christmas movie and we're coming up on that particular holiday, or maybe I'll talk about how I saw an actor in another movie and decided to check some of their other stuff out, or whatever the case may be. Today, it's a little simpler than that: another reviewer covered Run, Fatboy, Run a couple of hours ago, and that reminded me that I had Run! Bitch Run! sitting on my desk. There's simply nothing more to it than that, so away we go.

The storyline is an homage to the rape-revenge films of the seventies (I Spit on Your Grave, Last House on the Left, and the dozens of imitations) with a healthy dosage of grindhouse tribute thrown in for good measure. It centers around Catherine (Cheryl Lyone) and Rebecca (Christina DeRosa), a pair of Catholic schoolgirls who are going door-to-door selling bibles to raise money for their school. Unfortunately, they come across the house of Lobo (Peter Tahoe) and his buddies Marla (Ivet Corvea) and Clint (John C. Crow). Lobo is a pimp / drug-dealer / all-around evil man, and just as our two heroines knock on his door, he shoots one of his hookers in the face for trying to steal some of his drugs. Bad timing for them, and they are dragged into the house, raped, abused, and one of them is killed. The other is taken into the woods, raped again, and left for dead... but given the style of movie, it should come as no surprise that she is not totally dead. She eventually gets her wits about her, grabs a shotgun, and sets out for revenge on those who wronged her.

Alright, so let's get the negative out of the way first. There is simply way too much padding in this movie to make for a solid recommendation. It runs for about ninety minutes, the revenge doesn't kick in until around seventy minutes in, and prior to that, there's about forty minutes of story and thirty minutes of fluff. Some of the fluff is entertaining, such as the scene in which Lobo sells the body of a dead hooker to a necrophiliac, but most of it is nothing more than grade-A fluff: tame sex scenes, meaningless chit-chat, wandering around aimlessly in the woods, and an over-long scene at the local strip joint that could have been entirely left on the cutting room floor.

Also, given the film's inclusion in the "sadistic horror" genre, it is actually rather tame. Yes, a hooker gets shot in the face, and yes, the heroines are verbally and physically abused before the survivor gets her revenge... but compared to other films of this nature, even some of the releases from the seventies, this one is just a little tame. I think that more time should have been spent on showing her degradation and her abuse, and less time spent on showing Lobo with random hookers and Marla with... well, random hookers. The end result would have been a better reaction to the inevitable revenge angle, but instead, we get some so-so abuse which leads to a "meh" reaction when the bullets start flying.

Now, that's not to say that I disliked the film. For what it was, it was moderately entertaining. It has that timeless feel that the filmmakers were definitely going for, and really, you couldn't tell that it was released only a couple of years ago: you could have told me that it was a long-lost flick from 1975 and I would have believed you (well, aside from Daeg Faerch's cameo). It also captures the grindhouse vibe that they were going for, but it captures it in the wrong doses: those films were always a little slow, a little silly, and a lot of fun. This one is also quite slow, a little silly, and somewhat fun.

As for "the goods", let me say something that I don't say too often: there is almost too much nudity here. Nudity in a rape-revenge flick... who would have thought, right? Well, there is an acceptable amount, there is a little overboard, and then there is too much; Run! Bitch Run! came dangerously close to the latter, and there were times when I found myself thinking "C'mon, skip past the lesbian sex and get moving already." Trust me folks, that doesn't happen often, but it certainly did here.

On the other side of the spectrum, there is a some good revenge tactics on display. It's not the best that I've ever seen and it probably won't make your list either, but I have to admit that I got a smile on my face when I saw a man being anally violated with a machete. That's not something that you see very often, but I thought it was a great way to cap off one of the bad guys. The other kills are a little tamer and some unfortunately take place off-screen, but that one made up for it.

Overall, Run! Bitch Run! is an average film for fans of the genre. If you know what to expect from a movie like this and if you've actually explored some of the "rape-revenge" genre, then yes, you may enjoy it to an extent. However, it is not a great movie even by those admittedly-low standards: slightly entertaining, yes, and decent enough, yes, but by no means perfect. 6/10.
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