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Razor’s Ring 
Written by: on May 31st, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, January 16th, 2008
Director: Morgan Hampton
Writer: Morgan Hampton
Cast: Casey Wayne, Annie Scott Rogers, Paul Schilens, Lisa Wharton & Nate Duncan.

DVD released: May 3rd, 2010
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: MVM Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 (PAL)
Retail Price: £12.99

Businessman Scott (Casey Wayne) goes out for his morning jog along a quiet country road and witnesses a couple in a beat-up Mustang intentionally run over a dog. Meet Julie (Lisa Wharton) and her boyfriend Razor (Paul Schilens) a pair of nutjobs that enjoy running things over in their car and kidnapping strangers, so get in the car Scott! The deranged duo explain the points system to Scott, 10 for the dog, then blow away the traffic cop that pulls them over for speeding and declare 20 points for him. Spotting a small child by the road as her family picnic nearby Razor sees an easy 50 pointer and speeds up accordingly, Scott however springs into action and grabs the wheel, the car hits the kid’s grandpa instead and crashes into a tree. The sweet natured looking family and friends of the dead old coot soon jump the stunned trio and bundle them into the back of a van – “Take them to Red. Let Red decide what to do with them.” Yup it’s boondocks local justice time. Taken to a big private compound and chucked into a shed they are taken out one at a time for a round of whoops where’s your thumb gone before being introduced to the wheelchair bound matriarch of ‘The Clan’ an old lady named Red (AnnieScott Rogers). She spouts a lot of guff about not wanting to mistreat the accused and appeasing the locals but before long the three prisoners are down to two and then there’s only Scott left. Were the others released as Red says they were? Will the guilty looking mumbly old gardener help Scott escape? And what’s Razor’s lucky ring doing in that delicious meaty bowl of stew?

Yet another in a long, long line of seemingly never ending independent extremely low budget backwoods horror/thrillers. The sheer number of these being churned out make it hard to distinguish one from another and really who would want to watch more than one anyway! That said if you know what you’re in for and aren’t expecting anything as polished as say Wrong Turn or the like then there’s actually some perverse fun to be had here. The story is interesting for the most part with a few unexpected twists and turns including a surreal recurring dream sequence but it’s mightily let down by the shockingly bad acting from all except the lead Casey Wayne who’s marginally less crap than the rest. The production values are amateurish to say the least but again that brings a certain kind of Ed Wood-ian charm to the proceedings. Despite the torture and cannibalism laced storyline ultimately the most horrifying aspect of the film is the implied sexual relationship between young beefcakey bodyguard Fisher and crazy-eyed old gilf Red, eurgh.  So if you can stand watching a film that looks like it was made by a group of amateur film students over a number of long weekends in the woods then go for it, I won’t tell anyone if you don’t!

The DVD:

Anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 NTSC-PAL transfer suffers from some irritating ghosting and soft image. The stereo soundtrack is fine for the most part despite the occasional instances of the score drowning out the dialogue.

Extras include a theatrical trailer for the main feature and bonus trailers for a few other MVM titles; Zombeak!, Dr. Chopper, Mr. Halloween, Backwoods Bloodbath, and The Haunting Of Marsten.

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