Unrated - Cinema of the Extreme

This relatively obscure independent from director/writer/producer Morgan Hampton is another tribute to the 70s exploitation flicks that involve abduction by a family of psychos. This twist this time around involves businessman Scott (Wayne Casey) who is kidnapped by vicarious thrill seekers, Razor (Paul Schilens) and Julie (Lisa Wharton), who decide itís a better bet to kidnap him, and kill a cop who catches them speeding, rather than allow Scott to report the fact that he has witnessed them knock over a dog. This ridiculous plot grows even hookier when a scuffle ensues leading to Razor running over a man picnicking with his family. Scott and his white trash kidnappers are beaten by the family and locked in a shed that looks like it could fall apart any minute. To top this, the hostages arenít even tied up, but they still decide to sit pretty when the nutty matriarch, Red (Annie Scott Rogers) promises to release them one by one so not to arouse suspicion!

When Razor and Julie are apparently released from the shed, Scott, in another brain-numbing plot contrivance, accepts an invitation at the psycho mansion for dinner, itís here that he notices Razorís ring amongst the food. Realizing theyíve cooked him decides, at long last, that tea with a family of unhinged fruitcakes isnít the most relaxing way to while away the hours.

To call this movie inept would be an understatement, with the exception of Schilens and Wharton the cast sleepwalk through their roles, though Scott Rogers does bring a humorous element to proceedings in a role that has clearly been based on the titular character from Charles Kaufmanís MOTHERíS DAY (1980).

Despite one or two neat cam shots that capture the backwoods isolation aspect and a couple of rather Freudian dream sequences, shot through with yellow filters, that attempt to grant insight into Scottís worldview, thereís not really anything to recommend in RAZORíS RING. As far as SOV efforts go, thereís a lot worse out there, and at times this film transcends itís material with a couple of twists that might have worked better if the director was more experienced in the art of filmmaking.

Carl T. Ford


Directed by Morgan Hampton

English language / USA / 2008 / 82m 40s / Colour / Rated 15

Region 2 / PAL
Anamorphic widescreen Feature Aspect Ratio: Aspect Ratio: 4:3

DVD Extras

A MVM DVD release

Region 2 DVD (UK)

Release date 3rd May, 2010


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