Release Date: In Theaters now (limited), on DVD/Blu September 28th.
Written by: Michael Biehn and Reed Lackey.
Directed by: Michael Biehn.
Starring: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Ryan Honey and Danielle Harris.
The Victim is worth seeing if for no other reason than to behold its opening scene; have you ever wanted to see Danielle Harris getting filled out like a cheap application, from behind, while saying things like "I'm a whore?"
She's not naked in the scene, but she doesn't really have to be. It's the aesthetic of the whole thing that made us do the slow clap. We've long suspected that she enjoys herself a good rogering, and now we know.
The Victim is also a pretty decent little Grindhouse flick that was done on the cheap, so there's that, too.
Our whore-on-the-run bumps into a dude who lives alone, deep in the woods, and it's... Michael Biehn! Now, we all know that Michael Biehn is a kick ass hero and he loves the ladies, so you know he has no choice but to help her survive. When the dirty cops show up, the question becomes who is really the killer here, and who has secrets that they're hiding?
|You do not mess with the guy who lives deep in the woods and "just wants to be left alone." You just don't.|
To us, The Victim feels a lot like Death Proof (sans all of the Tarantino quirk and the forced visual Grindhouse look) in that it's a character driven story with that old 70's feel about it. There's action and gore to be had here, but it's really more of a cat-and-mouse type of thriller... and that's all right with us.
|I'm pretty sure he's the cat.|
It's also really cool to note that most of the stunts in the film, especially the fight scenes, were for the most part real action. During one scene where a baddie puts a choke hold on Biehn's character, it worked so well that he actually passed out. Now that's commitment.
|Stripper on the run!|
|Close, and yet so far away...|