Director: Patricia Harrington
Cast: Douglas Swander, Kathleen LaGue, Simon Page
Production Company: Capital Arts Entertainment
Runtime: 92 minutes
Razortooth (2007) is a creature feature loosely based on true events. Asian swamp eels have indeed overrun Florida in the past few decades, disturbing the ecological balance of the Everglades. However, does this mean there’s a thirty foot mutant eel out there? Well, I can’t prove it didn’t happen…
In the movie, an animal control agent and the town sheriff have their hands full. Two escaped convicts are likely in their area, a group of children have gone missing, and a gigantic monster eel is eating up the locals. Throw in an unethical scientist, and things quickly get out of control.
I love that this movie wastes no time, and heads right to the action. We get to see the giant eel killing and eating people in the very first scene. In the old days, we would have waited for the last reel to roll before finally getting a clear glimpse of the monster.
The computer-generated eel looks cool, and moves very well. I was especially impressed by the way it was shown sidewinding behind characters in the movie. That had to be difficult to animate. The effects are comparable to those seen in Anaconda (1997), Python (2000), and Boa vs. Python (2004).
We get some interesting kills in this film too. Death by eel takes place everywhere from a local diner, to the inside of a shower. Some people get torn in half, while others are dragged away and swallowed whole. They certainly do their best to give us something new each time.
The movie has a lot of tongue in cheek scenes, but there are a few serious moments as well. Even the deaths in the movie will make you laugh in some instances, and then leave you heartbroken in others. Director Patricia Harrington does a good job moving between the two conflicting concepts.
There’s also an original song in the movie that was performed by the two lead actors. Kathleen LaGue (Sheriff Coates) and Doug Swandler (Delmar Coates) sing “It’s What I Do”, which is heard briefly in the diner scene. The music video for the song is one of the extras on the DVD.
In many ways, Razortooth is very much like a 1950s monster movie. We’ve got a mad scientist, a cool monster, a level-headed sheriff, and an everyman hero. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and would not be out of place at a drive-in, or on late-night television.
– John Migliore
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