silent rageColumbia Pictures
1982
R

“I don’t care if he killed one hundred people. We are scientists, not moralists.”

He’s an indestructible man fused with powers beyond comprehension. An unstoppable terror who in one final showdown will push Chuck Norris to his limits, and beyond. A mentally ill man in a small Texas town goes on a killing rampage and is fatally wounded by police. When doctors use an experimental serum to bring him back to life, the killer develops superhuman strength and the town sherriff must pursue him.

Here’s a Fun Fact that will probably have certain people (you know who you are) question everything they thought they knew about their Uncle NecRo: I’m not a fan of Chuck Norris. He’s never piqued my interest as much as Schwarzenegger, or Stallone has, as far as 80s-era classic action movie stars go. If anything, I’m really more interested in Chuck Norris as a meme generator than a movie and television star.

So, you can imagine how bored/doped up I was, back when I was recouping after amputation surgery, when I decided to give Norris’ 1982 flick Silent Rage a watch. You see, the description on the streaming site I watched this on made this movie sound like he was going up against a zombie. Any crappy action movie can be made better with the inclusion of a zombie. They’re like the peanut butter of the B-movie world.

Well, I was a bit off. This wasn’t so much a zombie he goes up against, as it is a kind of Frankenstein’s monster. If even that. You see, the body of the serial killer guy Norris’s Texas lawman is pitted against is on the verge of death when a scientist pumps him full of an experimental chemical and brings him back with SCIENCE! This only turns him into a rage-filled killer, and of course he escapes and the wackiness does ensue.

Silent Rage is mindless drivel. No pun intended, there. The acting is about as wooden as it gets, Chuck Norris has the charisma of a practice dummy, and certain scenes were obviously shoehorned in to both pad out the running time, and to showcase Norris’ martial arts fighting skizzles. This is definitely a movie that could have benefited from a zombie apocalypse subplot. Maybe if you pretend this is a prequel to his Walker: Texas Ranger series, you might get some enjoyment out of this. Even on all of those painkillers, the only “silent rage” that was experienced was what I felt when this movie ended. Hard pass.