A virtual photocopy of Wes Craven’s “Last House on the Left” for the techno generation, “Chaos” may not quite be “the most brutal, horrifying film ever made,” as its garish ads promote. But it does contain moments as thoroughly sickening as any in Herschell Gordon Lewis’ or Lucio Fulci’s bloody exploiters during its familiar telling of the horrific demise of two girlfriends out for a good time. Male exploitation denizens will file this under “must-see,” but everyone else above legal age should consider the barf bags that distrib Dinsdale Releasing is considering handing out during limited release.
Bald-headed murderer Chaos (Kevin Gage, looking fierce) leads a small gang of thieves based in a forest cabin, and uses son Swan (Sage Stallone) to lure innocents back to their lair with the promise of drugs. Enter party girl Angelica (Chantal Degroat) and her upstanding g.f. Emily (Maya Barovich), who promises her parents (Deborah Lacey, Scott Richards) that they won’t be back too late from the rave they’re going to in the nearby woods.
Plots like these always depend on victims behaving stupidly at every turn, and so it is with writer-helmer David DeFalco’s script, with Angelica leading the pair right to Chaos and his game of sexually tinged bloodlust and torture. Angelica’s demise is completely over the edge and into the realm of porn violence, while the feistier Emily receives worse treatment than any victim in the infinitely superior “The Devil’s Rejects.”
Shards of racial politics, involving Emily’s black mom and white dad, and local racist cops, are mere distractions for a film that obliterates nearly everyone by closing credits, which start at minute 68, and tellingly end with a 2003 copyright bug.
Decently slick production values seem beside the point, as does an opening text hilariously trying to frame the gorefest as a socially minded “warning” to young adults.
Pic upholds grindhouse cred with risible acting, and participation of Dinsdale (which released the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Manson Family”), co-prod Marc Sheffler (cast member in “Last House”) and Stallone (son of Sly), who’s involved in restoring and releasing grindhouse classics.