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Run! Bitch Run! - Vicious Circle Films Print E-mail
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Written by Ray Casta   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
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Directed by: Joseph Guzman
Written by: Robert James Hayes II , Joseph Guzman
Produced by: Robert James Hayes II , Joseph Guzman
Edited by: Robert James Hayes II
Music by: Chris Mosqueda, Ryan Shivdasani, Warren O. Williams
Cast: Christina DeRosa, Cheryl Lyone, Peter Tahoe, Johnny Winscher, Ivet Corvea
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 86 Minutes

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Studio: Vicious Circle Pictures
Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures

Rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel, Run! Bitch Run! ventures down a familiar road without taking any detours.  Paying homage to 70's horror exploitation, Joseph Guzman's directorial debut will certainly bring a smile to the face of anyone who misses the grindhouse cinema they grew up with.  It tells the story of two Catholic school girls, Catherine (Cheryl Lyone) and Rebecca (Christina DeRosa), who make their money by going from town to town selling religious paraphernalia.  Things turn for the worse when they encounter the house of local pimp and drug dealer, Lobo (Peter Tahoe) and witness him murder a whore who stole form him.  Along with mentally deficient, Clint (Johnny Winscher) and stone cold whore Marla (Ivet Corvea), Lobo takes the two women hostage and subjects them to abuse and rape.  There is no need to divulge any more of the plot -- which is basically a mishmash of I Spit On Your Grave and Last House on the Left -- because we know what is going to happen once the victim is left for dead.  Revenge.  Bloody revenge.

The movie is everything it's supposed to be: it's dirty, it's raw and sleazy.  It's fairly easy to realize the filmmakers were ultimately successful in their attempts at a throwback when Run! Bitch Run! genuinely feels like a 1970's production.  This has the grindhouse feel down pat -- from the grainy look to the retro production.  In movies set in the 70's, we are reminded of how vulnerable the victims were due to the lack of technology and all of the things we take for granted in our day and current time.  Characters are taken away from that type of security.  They think it's safe to go to a town they are unaware of, serving as door to door saleswomen.  The story -- albeit a routine one -- works because of the period feel of the movie.  When Catherine and Rebecca fall into the clutches of Lobo's clan, there is no safety.  Not even corpses are safe!

Perhaps to fill up the running time, there are pacing issues which bring the movie down a bit.  Sequences run a bit too long and seem completely unnecessary for the camera to continue lingering.  These problems do not make the movie "boring" in any way, but you can sense the sequences exist only for padding the length of the film.  Some of the performances are simply laughable, but going along with the film's retro feel, it's common for unintentionally funny moments at times.  These moments feel right at home here, though.  The biggest issue many may have with the film may be how it doesn't truly have any new tricks up its sleeve.  It wears the revenge theme with pride, yet when time comes for some ultraviolence, there are disappointing moments of off-screen violence!  The movie is not missing its share of violence, but when it comes down to it, the material really feels restrained from the norm.  In the sleaze department, Run! Bitch Run! delivers tenfold.  Unfortunately, the violence is lacking.  There was one moment which sticks out that saves it from being an entirely tame revenge piece, but I just wish the film had more memorable death scenes.  The villains are deplorable and the audience deserves the pay-off in the vengeance department.

Though unremarkable in delivering ultraviolence, Run! Bitch Run! is still a worthy revenge vehicle.  As a fine example of trashy fun, it's strictly for hardcore fans of 70's exploitation cinema.  It's filthy, tasteless entertainment which Breaking Glass Pictures thankfully released for us genre fans to get our old fashioned grindhouse fix!


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