Razor Blade Smile (1998)
Movie InfoJake West wrote, directed and edited this British horror tale that opens with a black-and-white prologue explaining how Lilith Silver (Eileen Daley) became a member of the undead in the 19th century. After her love lost a duel with Sir Sethane Blake (Christopher Adamson), she was shot by Blake who brought her back with a vampiric resuscitation. Switching to color and modern-day London, Lilith is a hit woman involved with the enigmatic Platinum (Kevin Howarth). With deaths engineered by Sir Sethane and a corporate conspiracy group gaining power, Scotland Yard detective Ray Price (Jonathan Coote) is soon investigating. Shown at the 1998 Vancouver Film Festival. … More
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This movie sucks so so so hard. It fucks everything up. It's embarrassing. The main character keeps saying things like "don't be so cliche" and "you know jack shit about vampires", while being the worst offender herself. Lilith Silver is an utterly unlikeable, shallow, egomaniacal vampire hitwoman with hilariously curved fangs and an all black latex wardrobe. She does everything wrong and spends all her time complaining, rolling her eyes and exposing her fangs and hissing. Her mouth must get really dry. I have no idea what this dumbass story is supposed to be about. Lilith finds out that all the recent targets of her clusterbungle assassinations have been members of the same evil club. Possibly the Illuminati, or something? Heehee, oh yeah! She likes to nail her hitwoman-handler-guy and they have long discussions about the current state of the contract killer industry during and after sex. There is a lot of fangs and hissing and pretty people. And guns. Way too many guns for a vampire movie. What is this, a really inept and brainless Underworld? You can actually see someone bump into the camera during a few shots.More
Believe it or not but this UK made film is most probably the genesis for major US films such as 'The Matrix' and many future sci-fi films and vampire films, especially 'Underworld'.
The film is VERY low budget but shows the kind of imagery, cam angles and typical slow motion action that is now common place in all big films, the tight latex catsuit wearing hitwoman is certainly a much used idea these days.
Director West does well with virtually no money and using his parents house haha there are some really nice sequences here which look much better than you might expect. Cast is also quite unique really with some cult figures included such as Adamson, Warbeck and of course Daly, wonder if they were paid anything?
The film has some lovely hammy moments with some really delicious dialog, the obligitory sex scene for Daly, plenty of fangs and vampire hissing, a coffin full of weapons ('El Mariachi'?) and Adamson REALLY twisting the knob with his performance and facial expressions. In fact you can easily see an early Viktor from 'Underworld' with the character Adamson plays, almost a direct rip off infact, only Adamson is slightly more meaty than Nighy.
No-budget independent Brit Vampire actioner. Mediocre all-round with cheapo effects, cheesy under par acting and some soft-porn erotica. A decent attempt considering the lack of budget though. Surprisingly it's gained a little cult following. I prefer the directors' other movie 'Evil Aliens' - much more fun!More
A vampire assassin is hired to murder the members of a secret society while a lone policeman tries to prove not only her guilt but her nature. There's low budget, then there's straight to DVD and TV standard. Then, there's Razor Blade Smile. I have literally seen internet porn with a higher production value than this, and it looks like the entire cast were a combination of Jake West's mates and some girls from the local rock bar who he quite fancied seeing in the nip. It's all just an excuse to make goth chicks dress up in fetish wear and make out while he and his chums run around the local park with fake guns. The action sequences are like something out of Be Kind Rewind, he obviously having seen a couple of John Woo films and then trying to copy them from memory and the cast are, to a man, dreadful. Of course, all of this can be blamed on the lack of money. But the utterly atrocious dialogue cannot. I'm going to score it higher than it really deserves for the sole reason that I got a few laughs at its expense out of it, but really it's just like a cross between Underworld and a dog-eared copy of Readers' Wives.More
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