• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Razortooth

TITLE: Razortooth

YEAR: 2006

GENRE: Horror and Science Fiction

There has been resurgence as of late in horror/science fiction films starring mutated creatures that are accidents of modern technology. Monsters created by nuclear explosions were insanely popular in the 1950’s and 60’s for teenagers for cheap thrills, and thanks to films such as Cloverfield, Piranha (2010), and the King Kong remake the interest in giant creatures has been rekindled. CGI effects has helped independent film makers to join in the resurrection of the creature feature, and thanks to the SyFy Channel these films are getting exposure through the cable channel. Unfortunately most of these films are not very good and are more valued for their kitsch value rather than production quality or a good story. Razortooth, although not distributed by SyFy, is a mediocre monster movie with stereotypical thrills and chills and sub-par acting prowess.

Four college students mostly looking for extra credit to raise their poor grades travel down to the Florida Everglades to assist Dr. Soren Abramson (Simon Page) with a biology experiment. In the meantime, local sheriff Ruth Gainey-Coates (Kathleen LaGue) and animal control officer Delmar Coates (Doug Swander) are investigating a rash of people and animals disappearing in the swamp around their area and dealing with feelings for each other after an amicable divorce. It is later discovered that Dr. Abramson has been playing Dr. Frankenstein and has created a giant, man eating eel that can breathe both in the water and on land. It is up to the sheriff Gainey-Coates and Coates to stop the monster from wrecking more havoc and to protect the interns and surviving citizens.

Razortooth is not a complete waste of film and does have some redeeming moments. On the positive, the film has a past pace and numerous kills; one of the more creative deaths is when the monster eel literally sucks a naked woman down the drain of a shower. The CGI effects will not make it into any Hollywood films but they are acceptable enough for an independent film such as Razortooth. The main problem with the film is that director Patricia Harrington (who has not directed a film before or since) drags out every Southern stereotype in the book in her characters and there is not one iota of creativity in the development of the people portrayed in the movie. The acting also reflects many of the stereotypes and the end result are fairly wooden, cliche performances by many of the thespians in the film. The chase scenes in many cases are borrowed from numerous monster films of the past and are not creative nor playing any homage to the past.

Razortooth does not have enough creative elements nor acceptable acting or writing to make this film rise above the crop of mutant monster movies that are now arriving on DVD. This film probably would have been a giant hit right after the release of Anaconda as the giant eel would have stolen the show back in the mid-90’s when CGI effects were fairly new, but it arrived about ten years too late. Razortooth just is not an excellent finished product, but then again there are many straight to DVD releases that are much worse. Fans of creature feature science fiction/horror films may find some enjoyment out of Razortooth but most other people may find this film lacking.

* * 1/2

–Mark

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