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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Savaged (2013)

By Newguy

logoDirector: Michael S. Ojeda

Writer: Michael S. Ojeda, Deon Van Rooyen (Screenplay)

Starring: Amanda Adrienne, Marc Anthony Samuel, Joseph Runningfox, Tom Ardavany, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Ernie Charles, Brionne Davis, Bobby Field, Jason Gurvitz, Willow Hale, Daniel Knight, John Charles Meyer, Rick Mora, Kyle Morris, Rodney Rowland,

Plot: A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Gritty Low Budget Horror

Story: Savaged starts when our deaf girl Zoe (Adrienne) gets her father’s car she takes the opportunity to travel America taking plenty of selfies while making it to her fiancée Dane (Samuel). Her peaceful trip is interrupted by a gang of violent thugs Trey (Rowland), West (Ardavany) Creed (Meyer), Jed (Blevins) and Cody (Davis), who kidnap her putting her through torture and rape before leaving her for dead.

When apache Grey Wolf (Runningfox) finds the lifeless body of Zoe he performs a ceremony to bring her back to life with the spirit of an Apache warrior inside her. This gives Zoe the chance to go out for revenge against the men responsible. Dane goes searching for Zoe but only ends up becoming bait by the gang who want to finish off the possessed Zoe.

Savaged enters us into the revenge genre mixing the idea of an everyday type of revenge with a historic revenge story. We get the generic gang that easily become unlikable from the moment you first see them which always helps. We also get the contrast of a symbol of innocence going through the Zoe character with her good natured side. All of these factors come together to make this a very simple revenge thriller that is always trying to be creative with the death scenes. (7/10)

Actor Review

Amanda Adrienne: Zoe is the deaf mute who goes on a road trip to be with her fiancée, but her trip is interrupted by a gang of thugs you kidnap, torture, rape and kill her. When Grey Wolf finds her body he tries to bring her back but only ends up being bought back with an apache warrior out for revenge. Amanda does give a good performance as the revenge filled heroine. (7/10)

Marc Anthony Samuel: Dane is the fiancée who goes searching for Zoe but ends up being used as bait by the gang to lure the possessed Zoe in for the final battle. Marc does a solid job but doesn’t do enough due to lack of real involvement in the action. (5/10)

Rodney Rowland: Trey is the leader of the gang who enjoys the torture and pain he puts onto others. He makes Zoe the latest victim but after she returns from the dead he has to bring the men together to fight her off. Rodney does a good job as the lead villain that just made me think evil Daryl Dixon. (7/10)

Tom Ardavany: West it the main muscle who gets all the dirty jobs done which does include killing Zoe before she comes back, he believes he is the best at getting the job done and can’t understand how she is still alive after he took care of her. Tom does a solid job making himself out to be the know it all killer even though he ends up coming off looking weak by the end. (6/10)

Support Cast: Savaged has a supporting cast of the victims that Zoe is after who all end up being generic, we also have the typical Sheriff who doesn’t know what is going on and the witch doctor who brings Zoe back to life.

Director Review: Michael S. Ojeda – Michael does a good job making this low budget horror pull you in from start to finish, but most importantly it makes you care for the right characters. (8/10)

Action: Savaged has plenty of action with the kills Zoe ends up causing in her quest for revenge. (8/10)

Horror: Savaged has horror elements but it mainly focuses on the action side of the revenge. (5/10)

Thriller: Savaged pulls you in to what will happen next as you want to see what will happen to the gang for their actions. (8/10)

Settings: Savaged makes every scene show just how far off safety area the story takes place with a gang willingly going around killing people for fun. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Savaged uses good practical effects for the fights and effects of the fights. (8/10)

Suggestion: Savaged is one for the action horror fans to enjoy, it is an old style revenge thriller. (Actions Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Final fight.

Worst Part: Deaf mute making a phone call, really?

Action Scene Of The Film: Attempted ambush in warehouse like building.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: They took her body. She’ll take their souls.

Overall: Revenge Thriller that never backs off and is filled with blood and gore throughout.



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