I'd never attempt to argue that 1982's Silent Rage is a particularly good movie -- even by Chuck Norris standards -- but fans who like early era slasher film aesthetics mixed in with their martial arts action will definitely want to give this one a viewing.

You read that right -- Silent Rage is a weird hybrid of a film, one part slasher movie, one part traditional Chuck Norris chop-socky flick. It's an unusual blending of elements even by today's standards, but it was downright baffling to most audiences back in the early 80's, when slasher cinema was just really starting to take off.

Norris plays Sheriff Dan Stevens, the law in a small Texas town. He and his partner are called out to a murder scene where a mentally unstable man named John Kirby (Brian Libby) has murdered a man and a woman. Norris and his partner get the killer into custody, but he's gunned down a short time later when he tries to escape. Rather than take the killer to the morgue, he winds up at a medical institute where his psychiatrist (the late, great Ron Silver) and two medical doctors use him as a test subject for their new formula, which promotes super healing. Naturally, this works and Kirby winds up as an unkillable psychopath and it's up to Chuck Norris to try and stop him.
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