Black Metal Veins Review
Black Metal Veins is a 2012 documentary made by Lucifer Valentine . It’s not really about Black Metal but does mention it from time to time, it’s about several drug addicts & how the drugs control and destroy their lives. In the disclaimer at the start of the film it sums it up better than I ever could ‘’ this film delves into the infinite black void of sadness, pain & loss that can never be filled by the elusive high of crack or heroin ’’.
Now, this is a horror site and some may not class this as a horror because there is no killer/monster but I would counter that the drugs are the killer/monster and the horror comes from watching the deterioration and vapidness of the characters. To me it’s scarier and more shocking then most traditional horror I’ve seen.
I’ll talk about some of the main characters now.
Brad: It starts with Brad, an addict who we follow for most of the film. He loves black metal, is a racist scumbag and has the worst teeth and toenails you could imagine. That’s about all you need to know about Brad, he is fucked up.
Raven: She pretty much steals the first half of the film. She is a very good looking girl in her early 20s. The first scene presents her with a rat crawling around her neck as she tells us almost proudly of her drug use. She talks about how she spends her boyfriend’s money while he is away in the navy and how he lets her get away with so much. She is the only person in the film who has not got the vapidness about her. Her youthful energy is very endearing. She likes to get naked and has a very casual conversation with the director about how the crack makes her itch. After a while the film jumps 6 months ahead and she is unrecognizable. She looks like a 60 year old skeleton, has open sores all over her body and is convinced she has something living under her skin. It’s very shocking to see how much she has been destroyed.
Mark: Mark is her boyfriend he is South African and in the navy. He does not do drugs and believes they are Satan on earth. But he still buys Raven drugs so she will not get dope sick.
Autum Misery: She is by far the most interesting person in the film. She could have her own reality TV show but no channel could air it. She’s a hooker, stripper and dominatrix. Within 2 mins of here being on screen her gets bottom half nude to show a tattoo to the camera a worthy introduction for her. Later she tells one of the most gripping stories I’ve ever heard about training a guy to be a pimp and keep crack whores, she calls herself a pimp school instructor. She tells this while puking into the toilet. She also has some great quotes such as ‘’ you hold it till your about to die that’s the best way to smoke crack ‘’.
Now the way this film was shot had a few similarities to Lucifer Valentines Slaughtered Vomit Dolls, the only one of the Vomit Gore Trilogy I’ve seen and if I’m honest, which I am, I hated that movie. But if, like me, you hated it, do not let that put you off this. What he borrows works well, such as the distorted speak a shakiness of the camera. When that’s put together with the cleverly edited fragments of stories, it gives you the chaotic feeling of what it must be like in that room if you’re on something . Also the fragments of stories that he uses are great, almost like a compilation of punchlines. He also holds the camera on their faces a lot and you can see them connect and disconnect with reality, it’s very well done.
One of the most memorable parts of the film was and you need the un-cut version to see this, the graphic sex scene between, at this time, a ghoulish looking Raven and Mark. This was without question the un-sexiest bit of porn ever viewed by my eyes. It was disgusting junkie porn. Something I want to mention too, without spoilers, is the end of the film. Lucifer Valentine admits that some of it was staged just for effect. In some ways that took me out of the film, that would be my only gripe and I’m sure some will love it.
In conclusion, this is the best documentary I’ve seen on the nastiness of drug use. Valentine pulls of something very special here. I believe he was willing to let someone die on screen and, while that’s disgusting and fucked up, it makes for an unflinching documentary without any apologies and unbelievably real (apart from the end).