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Eating Razors: A Love Story - For the Better of Mankind Productions Print E-mail
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Written by Ray Casta   
Friday, 11 January 2008

"Eating Razors: A Love Story" DVD - Severed Cinema

Directed by: Ron DeCaro
Written by: Ron DeCaro
Produced by: Ron DeCaro, Ben LaBonte, Aaron LaBonte
Cinematography by: Ron DeCaro, Emily DeCaro, & Taylor Stillman
Editing by: Ron DeCaro
Special Effects: Ron DeCaro
Music by: Ron DeCaro
Cast: Ron DeCaro, Emily DeCaro, & Taylor Stillman
Year: 2005
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 26 minutes

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Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Official Website: For the Better of Mankind Productions

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Imagine walking on one side of a street one day.  It is a nice day, the sun is bright and shining over you, and the birds are chirping.  You find yourself jogging down the street, only to notice others that are jogging on the other side of the road.  Cars are zooming by on both sides of the street.  You jog a bit more, but when you notice how fast and careless the cars are going, you slow down.  An older man on the other side of the road gets hit suddenly by a car flying past, causing the man to jump in the air, hitting his head violently on the curb.  His head is split open and you find yourself involved in this harrowing accident.  This ghastly accident is like experiencing Ron DeCaro's short film, "Eating Razors: A Love Story", which is so shocking yet you cannot look away.  The short was compiled to put maximum shock value on a low-budget independent budget, and Ron DeCaro delivers.  Not since watching "Pyscho: The Snuff Reels" have I seen such graphic tongue mutilation.  Yet beyond these explicit images is a story.

It's two years after Trent (Ron DeCaro) lost his wife, Laura (Emily DeCaro) in a car accident, and he is still struggling with the sudden loss of his soul mate.  After her tragic death, Trent's life became a dangerous downward spiral as his addiction to alcohol is out of control.  A phone call wakes him up one morning, and instead of answering, he goes back to sleep.  Apparently, he is late for work, and his boss was calling him.  Looking disoriented and miserable, he tells himself, "There is no way I'm going to work today".  When he is finally awake, he listens to his current voice messages.  The first message is from his boss, who tells him he is fired because of his constant absences.  He realizes Trent has been going through a difficult time and urges him to call if he wants to talk, but he will not accept the absences to continue.  The next voice message is from his current girlfriend, Tracy, who breaks up with him because of his alcoholism.

Loss is a recurrent theme in Trent's life.  He even has trouble with attempting to move on, and when he is down on his luck, he turns to alcohol to wash his pain away.  Short on money, he gathers all of the loose change in the house.  He comes up reasonably short, however, and calls up his buddy, Chad (Taylor Stillman) and asks if he can borrow a few dollars to get vodka.  Chad, who is driving in the area and smoking weed, offers to drop him money.  He also gives Trent a ride to the liquor store and there, a man who appears to be in a heavy metal band approaches Trent, offering him his band's CD with a strange title of “Eating Razors”.  Trent accepts the CD and jumps back in Chad's jeep.  When the two return, they take turns doing shots of vodka.  Chad can't believe how much vodka Trent is able to consume at a time.  Chad realizes his drinking is obviously out of control, as he says, "Man I love drinking and all, but that is insane".  The drinking continues until mysteriously, Chad vanishes off the couch.  Was he really sitting there?  Or is Trent hallucinating?

Where did Chad go?  Trent searches his house for his friend and he finds him.  On the kitchen floor lays Chad, who is a bloody mess with a knife embedded into his eye.  He has distorted flashbacks, and then remembers murdering his friend.  Trent is a nervous wreck, unsure of his next step after finding Chad's dead body.  He wants to drink, but he keeps repeating to himself how he can't with the dead body in the kitchen.  Trent, who believes he has no other choice, procures a saw to hack up Chad's body to pieces.  When he returns to his kitchen, the body has disappeared.  Things turn even more perplexing to him when the saw becomes the “Eating Razors” CD he received earlier.  After he gulps down more vodka, he pops in the CD and then, the real insanity begins.  He plays with a razorblade and as soon as he begins to envision his deceased wife, he violently slices up his tongue.  A bunch of razors stare him in the face and chews them and swallows them.

Running for almost 30 minutes, Ron DeCaro's "Eating Razors: A Love Story" unfolds like one major nightmare of startling proportions.  It's a haunting journey of a tortured individual's descent into pain, despair, and tragedy.  The reality is sad and wounding about a man who is haunted by his voices of his wife and the struggle of letting go and moving on.  If "Leaving Las Vegas" became a horror film, I think it would be something along the lines of DeCaro's film, as it's about a depressed and lonely person who is slowly killing himself.  To deal with a loss and pain is the most difficult thing you will ever put yourself through and "Eating Razors" puts a deranged spin on how tragic reality is.  It maintains the realism as nightmarish as it is.  If it wasn't for DeCaro's visuals, it wouldn't have had nearly as much impact.  There are quick flashes of blood and darkness with creepy music blaring over the shocking imagery.  The camera shakes and trembles, but that mirrors the distorted personality of Trent.  This is a direct story, graphically detailed and bleakly sorrowful, culminating to a resolution that pulls you into Trent's hell.  Short films like "Eating Razors" are perfect for upcoming filmmakers to display the artistic capabilities they will expand to feature-length magnitude.  Ron DeCaro and For the Better of Mankind Productions have a bright future in horror.

THE DVD

VIDEO:
1.33:1 Fullscreen
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AUDIO:
Dolby Digital 2.0
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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
- Cast & Crew Interviews
- Outtakes
- The Director Speaks
- 2 Short Films by Ron DeCaro

"Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

       "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

        "Eating Razors: A Love Story" - Severed Cinema

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