Film Review: BLACK METAL VEINS (2012)

Film Review: BLACK METAL VEINS (2012)

Jul 4, 2016

Lucifer Valentine has proven himself to be a film director that has absolutely no limits. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Lucifer Valentine, he’s the creator of the infamous Vomit Gore film series. The Vomit Gore series, consists of 4(+?) films, that are pretty much what their titles imply. They are films with lots of vomit, tons of gore and explicit sexual content throughout. Most would argue that these films are strictly fetish porn; however, the artistic editing style and nihilistic film experience prove them to be something more. When Black Metal Veins hit the scene in 2012, it took people very much by surprise. For years’ fans has associated Valentine as a director with the unique perverse series of films under his belt. Black Metal Veins however was a radical change from Valentine’s comfort zone, a new brand of disturbing.


The first thing I feel needs to be said is that the title Black Metal Veins is a bit misleading. Although the title is very striking, the film itself has very little to do with black metal music other than the protagonists’ ramblings. Black Metal Veins would best be described as a shock-umentary about life surrounding a group of junkies. This group consists mostly of our main protagonists: Brad, Raven, and Doom. Their drug of choice is whatever they can get that gets them the highest, mainly heroin. Valentine follows our group as they spend their days gearing up, shooting up, and talking about their lives. The camera does not shy away from showing the viewer how truly ugly their routine is. Black Metal Veins holds no redemption for our characters, there truly is no silver lining. Describing this movie as nihilistic would be an understatement. Not only do you feel disgust with their living situation, but their personalities truly do reflect their surroundings.

The camera shows the drug use full throttle. From what I could tell, all the drug use is very much real. Not everything in the film is authentic however. Around the second half of the film, there were apparent fixed scenes. Some people are put off with this fact, but I understand why it was added. Often times with drug shock-umentaries, the whole purpose is to scare someone out of ever doing the drug in question. If Black Metal Veins just filmed this group of junkies doing nothing but getting high there would really be no resolution to it, leaving it all kind of pointless. I believe that Valentine pushed these scenes to really drive home the point of this film. I just wished they would have been executed in a little less extreme manner, and made more realistic. It felt like the whole film was all realism, and when the faked scenes rolled in, it didn’t feel natural. That being said, the film in its entirety does successfully show the viewer the horrendously ugly circumstance that heroin creates. It is not exactly a resolution, but it definitely leaves you with the desired effect.

From what I had previously mentioned about Valentine’s previous films, the Vomit Gore series, you would probably guess that Black Metal Veins has literally no similarities. However, I think there is more common ground than most would think. A lesser known short film from Lucifer Valentine, A Perfect Child of Satan, for instance is similar in the sense that it’s more grounded realistically. I believe that every one of Valentine’s films at their core share a very distinct cinematography/editing style. Valentine’s film style is almost immediately recognizable to most underground horror fans. The film experiences that Valentine delivers stick deep within the viewer. Black Metal Veins, albeit much different than most of his films in most aspects, is no exception. It’s brutal and disturbing in a way that has not really been done near as effectively as films of the same variety. If you’re looking for something that’s uniquely disturbing and don’t mind seeing some very horrifying nudity, I’d definitely recommend Black Metal Veins to the brave underground viewer.