In the long tradition of burned-out cops with tragic pasts, David Heavener plays a detective investigating a string of violent murders that take him into the dark world of S & M. A very low-budget production, which has obvious shades of Tightrope (1984) and Basic Instinct (1992), Angel Blade is a vehicle for the charisma-free Heavener (who also wrote and directed) which does have a few surprises, not all of them welcome. The most disturbing being a gratuitous bum-shaving scene. In addition to his film career, Heavener writes and records Christian music and this makes his decent into such sleaze rather odd. Angel Blade doesn't have a lot to recommend it but does feature the troubled Margot (on-time Lois Lane) Kidder as a sex shop owner and Marc (Beastmaster) Singer trying vainly to cling to his sex symbol status.
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