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The Victim

Film Review

Film title: The Victim
Director: Michael Biehn
Starring: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Danielle Harris
Release date: 24 Sep
Certificate: 15
Scotty McKellar | 10 Sep 2012

When you've fought killer robots from the future, aliens with acid for blood and flesh-eating zombies, what do you do next? Veteran genre actor Michael Biehn takes on a new challenge: writing, directing and starring in a nasty little grindhouse picture that feels like it slithered out of the bottom of the VHS pile.

When a prostitute is brutally murdered by two dirty cops, a mysterious loner steps up to protect the only witness. Biehn and his crew, some doubling as actors, do a great job of replicating the feel of a forgotten 80s thriller on a low budget. The sleazy camera shots, cheesy music, sex and gore we might expect are all there, but there's a sense that the obvious talent involved could be shooting higher. Despite a story that flatlines too often and a last second twist that comes too late, this is still a nice first effort from Biehn who clearly has more to give us.