I had the pleasure of seeing this film at Screamfest 2013 and was blown away. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the movie and with fairly low expectations due to a lot of the films I've seen at other horror festivals.I came out of it with a renewed hope and optimism for the entire film industry. I'm rarely impressed with movies anymore and when I am, they're original indie gems that go against the Hollywood/studio status quo- 'Savaged' is one of those, but it's also more than that. It's perhaps the best indie horror film I've seen since 'Evil <more>
Dead', seriously. The movie has an indie feel but the filmmakers achieved a very high production value all around with great picture quality, color grading, solid cinematography, wonderful practical and digital effects, perfect editing, solid performances all around with interesting characters, and most importantly- an original, entertaining, and fun story.I highly recommend horror fans get their hands on this movie the second it is released!
This low-budget supernatural action horror film is proof that you don't need a billion dollars to make a good, enjoyable, and high-end movie - worth watching on the big screen...I've watched the movie during the "Screamfest" horror film festival in LA, 2013, and although I had no expectations, I was surprised by the quality of the film...Director Michael S. Ojeda has done beautiful work - with a wonderful little tale of revenge that turns epic, artistic shots and mise-en- scene, which fit perfectly in the slasher-genre, great actor-directing, fluent and precise editing, and <more>
excellent special effects...In my opinion, having done most of the pre-production and post- production work on his own - definitely entitles Ojeda as being a new generation "Auteur-Director"...The cast was awesome, each and everyone of them, and the producers have done great work - utilizing whatever budget they managed to scrape into making this slasher a great movie...
Fantastic Movie Reguardless of Budget, Solid to it's Core (by jmigoya)
To say that I was impressed by this movie is an understatement, in a time where $200 million film production budget can equate to a steaming pile of dung, this movie proves that a budget like that can be better employed to make over 500 quality films like this one, I have no idea what there budget was so I might be completely off, this movie lacks the refined color filters of your typical Hollywood films but after a few minutes you get used to the look, it starts off looking like a typical revenge type movie, which I do like to begin with, any thing from Death Wish to I spit on your grave, <more>
revenge & vigilante flick are awesome if done right, this falls under the I spit on your grave variety but with a major twist, not going to spoil it for anyone, I never saw the trailer but if you do you'll see it's a supernatural horror movie along with all those elements I mentioned which are all showed in the trailer, the gore is phenomenal they use digital and classic latex make up effects which I love, some of the gore is over the top and I loved every minute of it, make sure you see the uncut version because the version I saw was labeled uncut so not sure if there are different cuts, BTW I had nothing to do with this movie, in fact never even heard about it till today, I say this because some people are quick to say "Oh this reviewer gave it a 10 because they were probably a part of the production team" that's not me I give this movie a 10 because it deserves it right now as I review it, it has a 5.6 score which seems low based on the movie I just saw, but that's the beauty of taste were free to express our opinions and from now on this production and director team are on my radar, the actors were outstanding, seriously the only person I recognized in this movie was the sheriff and the was it, great movie, well deserved 10 rating
Best horror movie or any movie seen in quite a while (by morningmyrn)
I watched this movie and found it to be amazing! Love that the hero is a strong deaf woman--unusual character. I found it to be several cuts about the usual independent and regular movie genres. Michael Ojeda did his research in the way of Apache warfare, which makes this movie a cut above the rest in my books, along with the main character. I feel the movie is ahead of its time given its subtleties on the subject of racism, strong female characters and the love story woven throughout. Wish this would be made into a book as well.Think "The Crow along with The Walking Dead and Deliverance <more>
and this movie is a perfect blend off all those. WILL be going to see this in theaters and looking forward to the DVD release as well--it will be going in to my collection once I can get my hands on it.
Such a hidden gem! It is hard to believe that good horror movies like this pass by not being noticed by the majority of the genre fans. Great actors and really well done make-up effects. Despite the main plot not being so original it could easily be named "I Spit on Your Grave 4: Indian Vengeance" LOL - which I do not intend to mean something bad, as I LOVE the "Spit on your Grave" films , there is a supernatural element added to this one and it only makes the story stronger and more interesting. The only thing that could be considered a "flaw" are some of the <more>
special effects, but the movie altogether is so amazing that even the little poor effects cannot take away any of the greatness that "Savaged" has to offer in its 95 minutes.
Really enjoyable if slightly flawed effort (by kannibalcorpsegrinder)
Running afoul of a group of deadly criminals, a young woman who falls victim to their cruelty finds herself resurrected with the spirit of an Apache Indian guide controlling her and sets out to seek brutal retaliation against them for what happened to her and how they treated her.This here turned out to be quite the enjoyable and wholly entertaining slasher. What really makes this one quite fun is the fact that there's quite a lot to like here by tying the background of the spirit warrior guiding her into the resurrection, as there's not only the fun of her body being prepared and the <more>
ceremony that requires it to be played out in here but also how that's embraced with the black magic indicated that's involved with it all. That gives this quite a strong overall connection here when it gets to the revenge motif that sets her journey in motion and really makes for a great storyline throughout this one as they play off each other nicely. As well, there's also how that's added together with the body decomposing along the way requiring make-up work done in- between the encounters patching herself up which is a nice touch. Likewise, this one also manages to go for the big brutality of the incidents throughout here which is what really gets quite thrilling and action-packed at times. Managing to generate a lot of great encounters here as she sets about to undertake her revenge, this here gives this the rather great fun of her confrontation in the bar slicing up the main leader of the gang while he's unsuspecting of her appearance behind him and then defending herself against their attacks, a great ambush at another members' house and running through him with arrows and the boyfriends' abduction that features her storming after them before they escape which all gives this one quite a lot to really like here. The big assault on their hideout afterward, from the car ambush and the supernatural manifestations to attack as well as defend herself and the strong series of stalking scenes that manages to go about generating her revenge quite well which is a rather fun, bloody scene while setting up the true finale at the trailer-park which features the fine brawl and eventual comeuppance that really enables this to end on a high-note. Along with the fine gore here in the brutal kills, these here make for quite an enjoyable effort even if there's a few slight flaws here. The main issue here is the fact that there's little reason here to care what happens due to the very predictability of the plot due to the set-up of going for the rape-revenge angle and having it accomplished so early on in here as there's very little to be accomplished here by showing them going through the entire passage knowing full well what's happening. This could've had some fun by going more for a true, straight-up slasher that didn't spell out the identity from the beginning which would've added more to those scenes as a whole, and was really the main issue holding this back. The CGI was a little woeful at times, but otherwise there's not too many other flaws here.Rated R: Graphic Violence, Extreme Graphic Language including strong racial slurs and a Rape scene.
Bloody, brutal and lots of fun. (by Greenzombidog)
Savaged is the story of a deaf mute girl on her way to a new life living with her fiancé. she stumbles across some unsavoury desert dwellers up to no good and is brutalised and eventually murdered by them. A local Shaman witch doctor tries to resurrect her but something goes wrong and the girl comes back changed and ready for vengeance.Michael S. Ojeda has come up with a great new twist on the rape revenge genre. Somewhere between "I spit on your grave" and "The crow" Savaged is full of so many cool and original moments that this indie horror easily puts most Hollywood <more>
efforts to shame. The casting in Savaged is great. Amanda Adrienne manages to look both Fragile and strong in equal measure as the Vengeful Zoe making it easy for the viewer to sympathise with her as well as get behind her as she dispatches the bad guys in ever more inventive ways. Some of the set pieces in Savaged are truly great. One scene which can only be described as a bar fight with "guts" was truly inspired. Another scene where our heroine battles on the back of a moving truck was also impressive. Some of the more gruesome scenes also had me wincing with how just plain gross they are. All of this leads up to a great Showdown and a strong if tragic ending.Given that the movie is a low budget Indie the special FX are very impressive. The make up for Zoe as her body gradually degenerates are fantastic. Granted there are some fairly poor CG effects in here but in general they are of a pretty high standard with nothing so bad as to ruin any enjoyment to be had. Although my one true gripe has to be the use of CG blood squirts, I wish people would stop using these as they just look poor.What this movie has is a real sense of fun and how it manages to maintain this at the same time as being very brutal is a great achievement. Savaged has that 80's movie feel where even though some of the things that happen are a little silly it doesn't matter because it's pure entertainment. I can't wait to see what Mr Ojeda does next.
Michael S.Ojeda's "Avenged" is a post-modern battle cry against the monstrosity of bigotry. The film blends elements of exploitation- revenge horror with classic, supernatural-action. It is a nightmarish tale that sees a young deaf woman crossing paths with some of the worst humanity has to offer. Witness to the brutal murder of two Apache men, Zoe is abducted, raped and left for dead. But the supernatural power to be avenged reaches beyond this reality exact primitive justice on the men who did this to her. "Avenged" can best be described as "I Spit On Your Grave <more>
meets The Crow".The story that Ojeda has created around this supernatural transformation of a sexual assault victim is powerful, compelling, and emotional. "Avenged" becomes a complex multilayered story with characters rich in dimension. From the beginning I felt the fear rise in me for what was to happen to Zoe-that just on the exploitation-revenge horror side of this story which dominates the first piece to this story. I also hated the notion that the GTO was gonna be brutalized, luckily that didn't happen. However "Avenged" is filled with cruelty, brutality, grittiness and blatant sadism. The acting and directing are quality. Michael S. Ojeda is a true talent with the gift of telling a really high-octane, and twisted story. The characters and situations are emotionally driven and effectively pull on you to feel and relate to both the horrors of man and the suffering of humanity. As "Avenged" gets into the crux of this supernatural-revenge legend-and legend is what Zoe is-some of that "human touch" gets lost in the intensity of the action and gore that permeate through the film. It isn't really a bad thing, "Avenged" morphs into a major action driven, splatterfest of thrills. The special effects are pretty awesome. Some moments seem to fall a bit flat when it comes to realism, but for the most part "Avenged" will excite any gore, and blood thirsty horror fan. There is some CGI mixed in but Ojeda seems to have an understanding of what is a healthy balance of its use. The CGI is blended effortlessly in most of the violence-rich scenes. A couple of times it looks kind of The Asylum-ish, but honestly there is so much visceral, raw carnage that uses practical effects that the CGI is more than embraceable by the "Purist" horror fans. Overall "Avenged" is a worthy supernatural- exploitation mashup that entertains on pretty much every horror level.
As usual, I went into this film knowing only one thing - it's a horror film. To tell you the truth I was expecting something cheesy, low budgeted with atrocious acting and possessing a ridiculous script that made no sense. Yes, this movie will remind you of "I Spit On Your Grave" with a little bit of "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Wrong Turn" thrown in for good measure. That whole 'native American, spirit possession, ghost dance, zombie thing' took me by surprise, though. The filmmaker did go out of his way to make the story a little original. Just the <more>
fact that the lead was deaf and in an interracial relationship is a small triumph for the under-represented. The editing was razor sharp, the film well shot, and the movement of the story stayed at a crisp pace. The inevitable flaws and mediocre CGI doesn't destroy the momentum, either. At least the killings were bloody but not over the top or overly gory as, say, "Helldriver" or "Machine Girl." Anyway, the bottom line is I had fun and that's what I'd expected.