RAZOR BLADE SMILE
The film feels like it has been made by an MTV director. It is conducted with a great deal of visual energy cutup editing, scenes shot in black-and-white, red emphasised visuals, flashes of scenes from a mock horror film an effect copied from Martin (1976). Indeed, the film readily co-opts imagery without concern for originality the use of the Bauhaus song Bela Lugosis Dead (1979) in the first few moments has been copied direct from The Hunger, for instance. The opening credits are modelled on the James Bond films silhouettes of women shooting and dancing against flaming backgrounds and, in one silly effect, having razor blades shoot out of their mouths. It is all shot through with a chic sexuality, including a maximum amount of leather and vinyl (the lead heroine comes across like a vampiric Emma Peel) and Goth makeup.
That aside, there is much silliness to Razor Blade Smile. It befalls the pitfall of the modern vampire film all the chic sophistication falls into camp with characters archly purring insults at one another. Worse, all the sophistication is revealed as being a pose via the not-quite-adequate budget and a sparse plot. The plot makes a major mistake at the end where it reveals everything that happened to just be an elaborate game played between two bored people. It is an infuriating ending on the order of revealing everything to be a dream or a Virtual Reality illusion, that renders everything that has happened throughout irrelevant.
Director Jake West subsequently went onto make the gore comedy Evil Aliens (2005), Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006), the horror film Doghouse (2009) and the S is for Speed segment of The ABCs of Death (2012), while he has also directed extras documentaries for a dvd re-releases of classic horror movies.
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