Razor Blade Smile title

Tag Line : Part seductress, part assassin, all vampire!

Razor Blade SmileHaving heard so much about this cult British vampire movie, I couldn't resist reviewing it after I finally got the chance to see it. Opinions I've read on how good or bad this film is vary greatly, with comments ranging from "One of the finest low-budget productions ever made" to "Do NOT pay to see this film". so, when the Sci-Fi channel screened it in April 2000 I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

The film revolves around a young female assassin named Lillith Silver (Eileen Daly) who stalks about wearing a very fetching tight leather catsuit, thigh length boots and Fishnet stockings. However, Lillith is far from being just another "La Femme Nikita".

Lillith is actually a vampire, she first became one during the 1800's after being bitten by a master named Sethan Blake (Chris Adamson), who took pity on her after she was accidentally shot and fatally wounded during a pistol duel. Rather than letting her die, Sethan decided to turn her into one of his kind so that she may live, and so she now passes the time satisfying her bloodlust by carrying out contract killings for a local mobster.

Her latest assignment has had her targeting members of a powerful secret society known as "The Lost People", whose boss is none other than Sethan Blake himself. After recognising the assassins handiwork, Blake hires one of the corrupt cops from his organisation, inspector Price, to have her brought down. Only to fail miserably and get laughed off the case by the other officers who start referring to him as the new Dr Van-Helsing.

But the game isn't over yet, as Blake kidnaps Lilith's mobster boss. So notwithstanding she grabs all the weapons from her gun locker, which is rather fetchingly made out a coffin, and goes on the offensive in a final confrontation with Blake and the remaining members of his group. The film is certainly worth a watch and is quite enjoyable as far as low-budget pictures go, but don't expect to be bowled over by the cast's acting abilities. Vampire film lovers and B-movie fans will probably love it, but people who only enjoy hollywood blockbusters would be best sticking to Bram Stoker.

Look out for horror B-movie veteran David Warbeck who makes a cameo appearance as the police coroner, nicknamed "The Horror Film Man", in what was sadly to be his final movie role before his death in 1997.

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Razor Blade Smile was the debut feature film of director Jake West. Although the film never enjoyed a nationwide cinema release, it soon gained a huge cult following in the UK after being released onto video and shown at special horror film screenings.

  • The budget was a mere 20,000 and was the lowest budget British movie to have ever been released commercially.

  • Chris Adamson, who had also previously appeared in one of West's earlier short film projects "Club Death", may be familiar to sci-fi fans for his role as the mutant cyborg Mean Machine from the Sylvester Stallone pic "Judge Dredd".

  • The movie was filmed entirely using 16mm film.

  • Eileen Daly was already known in the horror world (at least by face anyway) playing the vampire "figurehead" for the "Redemption / Salvation" films video label. She also introduced a short season of eurohorror movies, starring as the "Redemption" vampire, on the (now defunct) Bravo TV satellite channel.

  • Isabelle Brook, who plays Celeste, went onto star as Jade in Brian Yuzna's 2001 film "Faust : Love of the Damned".

  • David Warbeck (real name David Mitchell) who makes a cameo appearance in the film, was a veteran of various low-budget Italian action/horror pics. He sadly died on the 23 July 1997, one year after filming his scene, whilst being treated for cancer. The film was subsequently dedicated to his memory. Horror fans will undoubtedly best remember him for his role as the gun-toting doctor in the cult zombie movie "The Beyond".

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