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Indie Horror Movies: Assessment: Ravage Nation

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Ravage Nation (aka Ravage III: Ravage Nation)
Directed by Michael Moutsatsos
Dondi Inferno Productions
87 minutes, 2022

Earlier than I even begin,
please notice that the truth that that is the third chapter within the collection ought to
not matter, and I’ll clarify under inside the evaluation.


When idjits refuse to
get mass vaxxed, as with the COVID virus, the illness has the possibility to mutate.
To date, we now have been lucky that till now, the mutations have been barely
lesser in severity. However what in the event that they bought worse, as a substitute? That’s the premise, in
half, of this movie.

Jake Scozzaro, Ed Gage

By 2036, many of the
inhabitants has been worn out by CV5., Let everybody thank the likes of Trump, DeSantis,
Bobert, Greene, and so forth., for this. In response to the textual content scrawl that opens the
movie, moms gave beginning to human mutations within the types of beast-like
creatures, which hunted people. In the event that they chunk and even scratch you and you reside, you
flip right into a flesh-eating zombie your self in a mere 12 seconds. All this data and
exposition is introduced earlier than the credit (it additionally seems within the trailer,

The mutants are usually
folks with both excessive white make-up on, or animal heads (masks), they usually
go round both capturing and killing people on their very own, or homicide them in
gangs, usually with axes or sledgehammers, for some cause: a practical selection
could also be that as a result of the mutants put on thick gloves, I’m guessing to assist with
the make-up bills, relatively than having to indicate the misshapen palms. If this
is true, I respect that.

Fairly than a
narrative storyline, we see vignettes of individuals being killed, many sure up
beforehand. The movie is usually monochrome, often black and white, and the slaughters
in purple. These fragments will not be exceedingly lengthy, so should you tire simply, a brand new
one is arising very shortly.

As a result of Act 1 of this
movie is episodic, it actually doesn’t matter that there have been two earlier releases.
There are only a few returning characters, besides maybe one of many essential ones
from the earlier releases, Dean (Jake Scozzaro), who has a number of character
dysfunction (they’re legion, together with one from my house city of Brooklyn, NY) –
consider Break up (2017), with out The Beast – maybe derived from PTSD ensuing
from the results of the primary two movies (which I’ve not seen), after what
occurred to his household, proven within the prologue. He dominates practically your complete
Act 2. Amusingly, he kills a chained zombie who wears a tee-shirt that claims “Vaccinated.”
Maybe a Proper-Wing commentary, as they declare you’ll catch COVID even should you
had your shot(s)? That’s true as a result of too many, as I mentioned, haven’t had their
pictures to neutralize it communally. Additionally, one character discusses how COVID was
invented by the Chinese language as a chemical weapon, a strong Republican speaking level.
Once more, I politically digress, however at the least you understand the place I stand…

There may be some humor
right here and there, seemingly to revolve round a ventriloquist’s doll known as Marv,
who not solely Dean has conversations with, however so does a man named Stan (director
Michael Moutsatsos), who not solely
talks to Marv (and hears solutions), but additionally to imaginary folks. When Dean and
Stan get collectively at a picnic desk with Marv to play playing cards, it seems like
sitting in on an ad-lib, off-the-wall dialog.

One other returning
character is survivalist Silver (Ed Gage) who’s into martial arts; nevertheless,
his look in Act 3 is extra of an prolonged cameo, although he does get to
exhibit his “strikes” with fists and a sword.

One other facet I discovered
of curiosity is each the exterior and inside actions of the 2 meals teams,
because it had been. The mutants kill people randomly however wish to eat infants. This leads
me to a query: if a mutant, often known as a hybrid, eats a human, is that
cannibalism, as they’re each the identical and assorted species? Anyway, the mutants
principally appear to work collectively (not counting the lone wolf zombies who’re senseless
eaters, as they need to be) to slaughter the people they think about inferior.
Nevertheless, the people kill mutants, zombies, and different people, the latter
for the competitors of meals, I suppose. On this state of affairs, the mutants appear extra
cohesive, socially.

Whereas there are some squeamishable
eventualities, the gore appears to be like respectable, however, although the extent of violence is kind of
robust, proven steadily all through your complete movie. For me, I didn’t thoughts the
monochrome, however the best way the purple filter is used provides a “inform” {that a} kill is
about to happen, form of ate away on the shock worth, even when it was apparent
what was coming.

The ending is a bit up
within the air, however contemplating the storyline, akin to it’s, it is sensible to
depart it open ended, as a result of a title card on the finish informs of a Ravage
sequel. There may be not a straightforward resolve for the world state of affairs as
it depicts; no fixes. Kind of like the tip of The Planet of the Apes (1968)
with Charlton Heston yelling on the seashore, or I suppose a more sensible choice could also be Evening
of the Dwelling Useless

Although the movie
sometimes feels amateurish and cobbled collectively (although it has received quite a few
pageant awards), it definitely is entertaining. I’ll have to return and watch
the primary two releases, and see the origins of the occasions which are recounted
right here.

IMBD itemizing


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