Lawrence O'Toole
July 16, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rampage

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Grace Zabriskie
director
William Friedkin
distributor
Miramax
author
William Friedkin
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

”Inspired by true events,” writer-director William Friedkin’s chronicle of a serial killer (McArthur) who cuts his victims’ bodies open and drinks their blood makes the hair stand on end — sometimes. But as the prosecuting attorney (Biehn) becomes a zealous crusader, the film transforms into a polemic about the death penalty. Although it provokes thoughts about the legal system, it’s like two movies rolled uncomfortably into one — a bloody near-documentary and a bloodless courtroom melodrama.

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