Friday, 23 December 2011
DVD review: Jessicka Rabid (2010)
Three adult cousins, Marley (Trent Haaga), Brad (Jeff Sisson) and Abby (Cisiany Olivar) keep their cousin Jessicka (Elske McCain) around as a pet. When she misbehaves they lock her in a cage, and when they want sex they just rape her. One day Jessicka is bitten by their dog and contracts rabies. Eventually she becomes rabid herself and takes it out on her masters..
Jessicka Rabid is directed by Matthew Reel, he is also credited as writer and producer on IMDB. The concept in this rape/revenge film is genuinely disturbing and creepy but the implementation fails because it fails to deliver the expected blood, sleaze and nudity. The acting is uneven. There is too little gore and the special fx is amateurish. The pacing isn´t very good, the film gets a bit boring despite it´s short running time and given the subject the movie is fairly tame with frequent but mild nudity and tame/soft core sex scenes which is a disappointment to us hardcore horror/sleaze fans. It´s evident that the director has some artistic ambitions which shows in the camera work.
The review is based on the DVD recently released by Troma
Rating: 1½ out of 7. I like that Jessicka Rabid unlike the average Troma film this film plays it straight but it´s a missed opportunity, in my opinion showing a little more could have gone a long way.