There are three things that every grindhouse movie needs; blood, breasts
and Michael Biehn. Low-budget thriller The Victim has all three
of these, with veteran actor Biehn assuming the role of writer, director
and leading actor.
filmís plot isnít anything spectacular; a woman (played by Biehnís wife
Jennifer Blanc) is on the run from two men who killed her best friend
while on a camping trip. While on the run she stumbles upon Biehnís
character and the newly formed duo are high tailing it for the majority
of this 76-minute feature.
Biehn certainly hasnít written something thatís Oscar-worthy, nor are
his actors top-shelf, but for the type of film heís made they work
perfectly. The occasional smirk inducing scene pops up as you would
expect from this genre, but what you might not expect is the lack of any
scary or thrilling scenes which lets down the film immensely. The
obvious low-budget of the film doesnít help either.
That being said the film looks decent in 1080p resolution, although the
sound was a bit of a letdown with some uneven levels in the dialogue and
score. No special features were included on the disc but the end credits
show behind-the-scenes footage of all the cast and crew, which was a
nice little touch.
The Victim is a fun, late night B-movie but as a thriller itís only
so-so. Fans of the grindhouse genre will find some amusement out of the
intentionally cheesy acting and plot but others might find it a little
Ďgrinding.í Big kudos must go to Biehn for showing his potential and
competency as a schlock horror director. Give this one a go with your
friends if you want light entertainment with some nice gore thrown in.