Action/horror films where the protagonist is thrown into a “championship-fight-to-the-death” scenario don’t pop up too often. Right now there’s Rob Zombie’s 31, there was The Running Man, which was based on a short story by Stephen King, and obviously we have Mortal Kombat. I’m sure there are others I’m missing but the point I’m trying to make is that certain sub-genres can bring up tons of examples off the top of one’s head but the aforementioned style just doesn’t spark a ton of suggestions, at least in my mind.
One that does come up was Josh C. Waller’s Raze, which stars Zoë Bell, Sherilyn Fenn, Doug Jones, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms, and more, which pits Sabrina (Bell) against 49 other women, all of whom have been kidnapped all have to fight one-on-one to the death for the amusement of an unseen audience. If they refuse to fight, their loved ones are killed, giving them very little choice.
I watched the film and had a pretty damn good time with it. It’s got a razor-thin plot but it offers enough to keep me hooked. Plus, the fights looked like they hurt a lot, that physicality lost in other action films.
This Friday, Lakeshore Records will be releasing Frank Riggio‘s original soundtrack to the film and we’ve got our hands on the track “Raze – End Credits”, which you can hear below!