Even Lambs Have Teeth [Review]
Best friends Sloane and Katie take on a job at a farm to earn some extra shopping cash for their trip to New York. When the girls arrive at the bus station, they meet two charming fellas. After grabbing a bite to eat, they decide to ride along with the boys instead of waiting for the bus. Before they know it, our lambs find themselves tied up in the middle of nowhere where they are forced to have sex with the rural country boys. After breaking free, the girls decide to seek revenge on their kidnappers and captors. Even Lambs Have Teeth is your typical revenge flick, and depending on how you perceive the film, it can be a hit or a miss.
From drama to western, writer/director Terry Miles has a wide range of movies in different categories. When it comes to genre films though, this is his sole entry. There are a lot of scenes that are shot in an absolutely amazing way, so it’s safe to say that he’s fairly capable behind the lens. I’d go so far as to say that the first twenty minutes don’t even look like belongs in a low budget horror flick. But while the camera work and cinematography is nearly flawless, the story fails to maintain a balance.
The film is advertised as a thriller revenge flick. However, there are several instances where the earnest nature of the movie is questionable. While the topic of kidnap and rape is no laughing matter, this particular film works much better as a dark comedy. The first half possesses a stern and serious tone but then takes an unusual turn by adding in comedic moments.The lack of impactful torture and the absence of tension cause this one to diverge from what it is advertised to be.
Sitting at only 78 minutes, the length adds on to the pitfalls. I am all in favor of films that are short and to the point, but the middle portion felt rushed; almost to the point where it gets lost. The climax is a blast, but with the middle portion lacking the juice, it really took away from that intended shock value. A bit more cooking time in the oven would have really helped out with the story.
Kirsten Prout and Tiera Skovbye, who portray Sloane and Katie, have great chemistry on set. The girls play best friends with opposite personalities. One is shy and timid while the other is wild and adventurous. The personality differences are made that much better by perfectly adequate acting. Despite the snapping transition of going from being pray to predators, the cast does a great job.
Even Lambs Have Teeth is a an extremely fun movie to watch depending on which angle you look at it from. There’s dark humor, blood, violence, and attractive revenge-seeking girls. It’s entertaining, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The dark comedic essence is what sets this one apart; it’s just a shame that it’s not advertised that way. While full of potential, it fails to deliver in a meaningful manner due to a lack of stress-inducing scenes. Therefore, if you go in expecting an I Spit on Your Grave style film, you’ll be immensely disappointed. Just go in with an open mind, and expect a fun ride. You’ll be rewarded for it.
Even Lambs Have Teeth is currently available on DVD and VOD platforms in the UK.
Even Lambs Have Teeth [Review]
Fun, fun, fun
Despite its misleading advertisement, the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and delivers a renovated and fun perspective to the revenge genre.