Compared are the "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" Version (R-Rated) and the "Blood Rage" Version (Unrated). Both are available on the UK Blu-ray by Arrow Films.
1974: The young mother Maddy, her twins Terry and Todd and her lover visit a drive-in in Jacksonville. Assuming her sons are asleep, the two adults start making out while Terry and Todd, who just pretended to be asleep, sneak out of the car. On a pick-up truck, Terry finds an ax and swings at a boy who is having sex with his girlfriend. He then puts the ax in Todd's hand, smears blood all over him and claims he did it. Years later, Terry is leading a normal life with his girlfriend Karen and a huge circle of friends in the residental complex "Shadw Woods". Todd on the other hand is in an insane asylum. He is under Dr. Berman's care, his friend Maddy occasionally pays him a visit. On Thanksgiving, when Maddy reveals that she and her new boyfriend Brad got engaged, the crap hits the fan. Todd breaks out and Dr. Berman reckons he could return to Shadow Woods. Meanwhile, Terry's bloodlust is back. While everyone still believes Todd is the bad guy, Terry leaves a trail of bodies behind...
"Blood Rage" is a surprisingly entertaining slasher. Shot in 1983, it did not get a theatrical release until 1987. The story of the evil twin framing his brother is not exactly innovative, especially since it is obvious from the beginning who really did it, the high body count and the very bloody SFX make up for it.
Basically, there are two different versions of "Blood Rage". As "Nightmare at Shadow Woods", it was released in movie theaters and in order to get the R-rating, some footage was cut. On video, the movie was called "Blood Rage" (Unrated Version) and it was uncut. But then again, a few plot scenes from the Theatrical Version were missing. Also, there are some scenes with alternate footage plus there are a few longer plot scenes in the Unrated Version.
The UK Blu-ray by Arrow Films contains 3 versions of the movie. The main version is a new HD version of "Blood Rage". The second Blu-ray contains the "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" version. The problem: only a rather bad theatrical print was available. For that reason, Arrow made that version based on the new HD version and added the footage exclusively in the Theatrical Version from the rather bad source. Furthermore, there is a so-called "Composite Cut". This Composite Cut is a complete version, if you will. The scenes missing in the Unrated Version have been added from the R-Rated Version. For fans, the Theatrical Version is a must see anyway because only here, one gets to see the alternate footage. For those who haven't seen the movie yet, I'd either recommend the "Blood Rage" Version or the Cmposite Cut. But watch out when you intend to buy the Arrow release. Only the 3-Disc Limited Edition contains all 3 versions. It is likely that Arrow intends to release an unlimited regular release that only contains the "Blood Rage" Version on Blu-ray & DVD.
The following comparison deals with the differences between the "Blood Rage" and the "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" Version. A B next to the time index means that this scene is only available in the "Blood Rage" (Unrated) Version. An N means it is exclusively in the "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" (R-Rated Theatrical Version). If there is both, there is alternate footage in either of the versions.
Nightmare at Shadow Woods: 79:27 min.
Blood Rage: 82:15 min.
"Nightmare at Shadow Woods" title at the beginning.
NASW: 5 sec
First, there is an ad. Then, the title "Slasher" follows when several vehicles enter the drive-in.
BR: 36 sec
Terry keeps swinging the ax at the boy.
BR: 15 Sek.
Maddy shows her ID to the guard and wishes him a happy Thanksgiving.
Dr. Berman talks to Maddy. It is explained via voice-over that Todd remembers the crime at the drive-in and that he tries to pin it on his brother. This upsets Maddy but she then calms down.
Todd enters and one gets to know that he is still treated like a child by Maddy. For that reason, Todd gets angry tosses the cake across the room. Two nurses appear and push him down to the ground. Todd begs his mother to let him out of the asylum.
The subsequent shot of playing Terry starts earlier. Dr. Berman wonders what was going on inside of his head.
BR: 3:07 min
The scene starts with Terry laughing.
The group goes swimming. Meanwhile, Julie talks to an elderly lady about Terry and the tragic incident at the drive-in. When everybody is in the water, they do some competition swimming.
Julie runs over to Andrea and asks if she could babysit that night because she had a date. Andrea explains there was not anything to do anyway.
Julie packs er stuff and leaves. Andrea says she did not want to trade places with her because she was divorced, had a child and she was stuck in that dump. The group keeps fooling around, then Andrea in the shower.
BR: 1 sec
NASW: 3:03 min
The severed hand is lying on the floor. Brad turns around and blood splatters out of his wound.
BR: 9 sec
Further shot of the machete.
BR: 2 sec
Dr. Berman is screaming on the ground. The following shot shows her a little earlier.
BR: 12 sec
Todd gets to Dr. Berman's bod and wonders why that had to happen. He picks up er gun.
BR: 54 sec
Andrea and Gregg are on top of each other naked. They are kissing.
NASW: 16 sec
Extended shot of the severed head.
BR: 1 sec
Further cuts to the severed head and scared Julie.
BR: 6 sec
Andrea and Gregg on the bed.
BR: 7 sec
Gregg pulls Andrea closer but she explains she had a better idea. Cut to Terry.
BR: 10 sec
Maddy explains on the phone that her son had escaped from the asylum and she had brought him cake.
Gregg and Andrea are playing tennis but Gregg shoots the ball above the bars. Andrea says it was his turn to get it back.
All of a sudden, the light on the court are turned off and Andrea is visibly scared. Gregg returns and says he was not feeling well. He suggests to go to her place.
BR: 1:02 min
NASW: 1:07 min
Maddy demands to talk to her friend. Then Gregg and Andrea naked on the spring board.
Alternate shot of Gregg and Andrea on the spring board.
BR: 19 sec
NASW: 41 sec
Maddy is on the phone and she is begging not to be left alone.
BR: 44 sec
Terry sleazes up to Karen, then the door bell rings.
Terry comes at Karen. She does not really like it. Terry leaves and tells her to wait when the bell is ringing.
BR: 16 sec
NASW: 39 sec
Terry impales Artie.
BR: 12 sec
Karen screams while Terry is pulling the machete out of the body.
BR: 1 sec
Maddy reaches for Ted but he falls over and his head bursts.
BR: 16 sec
Recut + removed footage.
Shot of the bodies. Karen screams. The shot of the bodies is longer.
Extended shot of the bodies. Karen screams.
BR: 3 sec
NASW: 2 sec