Red Lips: Bloodlust (1996)
By: J.R. McNamara on October 25, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
SRS Cinema (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0. 70 minutes
The Movie
Director: Donald Farmer
Starring: Maria Ortiz, Debbie Rochon, and Jennie Wallace, Zatasha Zlobina
Screenplay: Donald Farmer, Maria Ortiz
Tagline: When a curious obsesion leads to darkness.
Country: USA
AKA: Red Lips II
Writer/Director Donald Farmer is one of those jack-of-all-trade types. He has acted in such films as Day of the Dead and Blood Feast 2 (and by acted, I mean…well, watch Ricky Gervais' TV show 'Extras' and you shall see what I mean), and is responsible for films such as Cannibal Hookers, and I Spit on your Grave 2: Savage Vengeance. His output as a horror guy is surprising, when you consider his origins in political reporting for both newspapers and television, but the man responsible for The Splatter Times has produced, directed or written over 2 dozen movies since his first in 1986. This film, Red Lips: Bloodlust, is the sequel to 1995's Red Lips, and was co-written with Maria Ortiz, who also stars as Caroline, which is great, because that way he gets to share the blame.

The story tells of Holly (Debbie Rochon), who is having a quiet drink when a vampire obsessed woman (Maria Ortiz) sits next to her and starts recounting a tale of vampires. The tale involves a young drug addict (Jenny Wallace) who is about to rob a nightclub with her boyfriend/ dealer when she is bitten by a female vampire (Kashmere) who she eventually convinces to turn her into a vampire. After Jenny is turned, they go to the movies and we get to see that they are watching a film about a woman who is carrying a virus that kills everyone she comes in contact with, and as the film finishes, the two vampires feast on the blood of a fellow movie patron, and so the tale continues to its blatantly obvious end.

If erotic vampire tales are your thing, disappointment sets in pretty quickly, as this film is about as erotic as Lego instructions. If you like blood and gore, disappointment sets in pretty quickly, as this is about as bloody and gory as a ream of photocopy paper. If you like quality filmmaking, with amazing actors, a spectacular soundtrack and mind blowing sets, treat this film like mental poison, as consumption is suicide. Filmed like a bad Blondie music video from the eighties, the most interesting part of this film involves a collection of horror movie posters mixed in with a lesbian vampire sex montage…and it is the posters that are the interesting part.

The image in this picture can quite easily be described as excellent, as long as it was filmed by an armless chimpanzee, underwater, during an earthquake, on Mars, while having an embolism. The WORST image I have EVER seen on a DVD…. And remember, I have reviewed some stuff from Something Weird!! Artefacts galore, and some of the worst digital break up I have ever encountered!! In a world of digital imaging and entire editing desks being able to be stored on an Apple iMac, there is no excuse for an image this poor…truly deplorable!!
This feature is in the basest form of stereo ever, and if a sound engineer worked on this film, he was clearly deaf! Quite possible some of the worst sound producing ever!! Dialogue doesn't match up, sound effects are a split second too late, and what is described as a crowded bar, has no background white noise of the throng of people in the bar.
Extra Features
Thankfully, the only extra is a weblink, which tells you that not only can you click the link; you can also type in the address. Pure genius
The Verdict
In my dictionary, here at home, a 'movie' is described as 'a moving picture, a form of entertainment'. Tragically, Red Lips: Bloodlust fits only half that criteria. The pictures move, but entertainment? Note even close! When the best actress in a movie is Debbie Rochon, you know you are watching some BAAAAAAADDDD SHIT!!!
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