Razor Blade Smile

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Razor Blade Smile
RazorBladeSmile.jpg
Official Teaser Poster
Directed by Jake West
Written by Jake West
Starring Eileen Daly
Christopher Adamson
Heidi James
Music by Richard Wells
Cinematography Jim Solan
Edited by Jake West
Production
company
Palm Pictures
Manga Live
Bestalk Films
Eye Deal Image
Distributed by Palm Pictures
Release dates
  • September 19, 1998 (1998-09-19)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £20,000[citation needed]

Razor Blade Smile is an 1998 British vampire film written and directed by Jake West. It stars Eileen Daly, Christopher Adamson, and Heidi James.

Plot[edit]

150 years ago, Lilith Silver is mortally wounded as she attempts to avenge the dueling death of her lover by Sir Sethane Blake. Enamored by her spirit, Sir Sethane reveals himself to be a vampire and grants Lilith the gift (and curse) of eternal life as a vampire. Today, Lilith moves through the city as a contract killer hired to eliminate all members of the mysterious and evil Masonic "Illuminati" sect, the leader of which, not coincidentally, is Sir Sethane. Clad in black latex and armed with a coffin full of weaponry, the vampiric hitwoman hunts down her targets while the police close in on her trail, desperate to end the carnage.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film premiered on 19 September 1998 at Fantastisk Film Festival Lund and was released in the UK as part of the Raindance Film Festival on 22 October 1998.[citation needed] It was released on DVD on September 14, 1999.[1]

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 0% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 3.9/10.[2] Ken Eisner of Variety called it a cheesy, over-the-top vampire film with enough style to make up for its acting and plotting.[3] Time Out London wrote that despite the film's faults, "there's a no-nonsense, unapologetic mood that makes the film hard to dislike."[4] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "a silly, gory, overly self-congratulatory vampire comedy".[5] Christopher Varney of Film Threat rated it 2/5 stars and called it "loud, atmospheric nonsense" that "rates high on the novelty factor".[6] David Johnson of DVD Verdict called it forgettable and generic vampire film that has a distracting visual style.[7]

Awards[edit]

The film won most of the top awards in the first B-Movie Film Festival (1999), including Best B-Movie, Director (Jake West), Actress (Eileen Daly), Cinematography, and Special Effects.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gross, G. Noel (2000-03-16). "Razor Blade Smile". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Razor Blade Smile (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  3. ^ Eisner, Ken (1998-10-25). "Review: 'Razor Blade Smile'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Razor Blade Smile". Time Out London. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1999-07-15). "A Poetic Outpouring". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  6. ^ Varney, Christopher (2000-11-15). "Razor Blade Smile". Film Threat. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  7. ^ Johnson, David (2005-10-07). "Razor Blade Smile". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  8. ^ "British Vampire Flick 'Razor Blade Smile' Wins Top Honors at B-Movie Film Festival", b-movie.com, 31 August 1999. Retrieved April 12, 2007.

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