Out of the depths of hell and brimstone comes Drive Angry 3D a wicked ‘grindhouse’ film that takes evil to a higher level. It’s a lot of campiness in a large bundle of violence and mayhem. Director Patrick Lussier gets his cast to whittle down their talent and fit their trailer trash persona. If you are a fan of films like Machete and Planet Terror, then this cut is right up your alley.
Although not the best grindhouse film, my favorite is Planet Terror; Drive Angry still follows the same pattern of slaughter and chaos. Here writer/director Lussier (Hellraiser, My Bloody Valentine) mixes the barrels of blood and guts, slings body parts around the set and explodes anything and everything within reach of his main characters. It’s a horror flick with non-stop violence that in some cases too realistic.
As if there weren’t enough odd-looking weapons in films today, Lussier adds a destroyer weapon from hell, a unique gun that can blow anyone or anything into eternity. Coupled with some very hot cars that are weapons in their own right, this non-stop action film kicks horror filmmaking up a notch.
The 3D is rather good since the production company actually filmed Drive Angry with 3D cameras and equipment. Several incidents made me flinch and duck as bullets and shrapnel came flying out of the screen. Using special effects that pop and burn even the flames and ash spit out at you.
The film is rated R for Strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language. Not for the faint of heart, easily repulsed or psychologically imbalanced, Drive Angry makes pretend look authentic.