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Violent New Breed   B+

Extreme Entertainment

Year Released: 1997
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Todd Sheets
Writer: Todd Sheets
Cast: Mark Glover, Nick Stodden, Dave Miller, Rebecca Rose, Jennifer Geigel, Jerry Angell, Becky Stodden, Jody Rovick, Kathleen McSweeny, Rudy Ray Moore.

Review by Michael Scrutchin

Violent New Breed is what these micro-budget shot-on-video horror flicks should be all about. From the atmospheric, quirky opening to the silly but satisfying ending, Violent New Breed is a fun ride, full of gory violence and welcome gobs of nudity.

The movie focuses on a cop named Jack (Mark Glover) who's up against a gang of evil demons called the "Breeders," who are intent on taking over the world by using a hallucinogenic drug to enslave the humans. This is coming from writer-director Todd Sheets, so expect lots of extreme violence. Unlike some of his peers, though, Sheets knows how to keep the story moving along at a brisk pace and maintain interest all the way through.

The main characters are likable and have some depth (unlike the cardboard cutouts usually seen in the realm of micro-budget horror). There's some drama, too, involving Jack's ex-wife trying to prevent him from seeing their daughter (Rebecca Rose) ever again -- but the mother is really screwing the leader of the Breeders. After Jack's ex-wife calls him and says he's never going to see his daughter again, he becomes suicidal. There's a stunning -- and very bloody -- sequence in which Jack attempts to slit his wrists in the bathtub, but the outcome is entirely unexpected.

The inspired script has a few cool twists, and you can't help but get involved in the action. Sheets and company must have had a great time making this one. Some of the digital effects look pretty laughable, but that only adds to the low-budget charm.

If you're a B-movie fan, Violent New Breed is a ride worth taking. It's very ambitious, with a huge cast of Breeders and countless human victims. If you have a weak stomach, you might wanna pass because you'll be subjected to things like heads splitting open to release blood-sucking slugs, satanic orgies with demons screwing human women, tentacles bursting through stomachs, and a very gruesome birth. If you're familiar with Todd Sheets (whose extensive list of credits include Bloodthirsty Cannibal Demons, Zombie Bloodbath 1 and 2, Moonchild, and Dead Things), you know the joy he takes in extreme close-ups of violence and gore, and he doesn't hold back here. And in this movie, not even little kids are spared. Sheets has balls, I tell ya.

There's a cool Hitchcockian twist about an hour into the flick, but I won't give it away. There's a kick-ass chase scene and even drive-in legend Rudy Ray Moore in his first-ever horror film role (as a kung-fu fighting reverend, in fact)! At an hour and 54 minutes in length, it's a little long, but that's not such a bad thing. If you're new to the world of shot-on-video horror flicks, this would be a great place to start.

Review published 02.04.2000.

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