Written by David Warner
Directed by Kimble Rendall
Twelve years ago, a director is murdered while filming the slasher movie Hot Blooded. Each consecutive attempt to finish the movie is met with even more bloodshed, until a legend forms around it that the movie is cursed.
Twelve years later, a group of ambitious film students decide to pick up where the last filmmakers left off, a project that they think will be perfect for their final thesis.
You'll never guess what happens next! No, the filming doesn't go smoothly, wrapping on time and under-budget, making everyone involved a mint. People start dying all over again! See, I told you that you would never guess.
This derivative slasher movie was produced in the wake of Scream, and it wears its inspiration on its sleeve. Not only is that other, far superior, flick mentioned by name, but Cut is an overtly self-aware movie that struggles to place every genre cliche on the screen while never bothering to add anything new to the mix. Even the "twist" ending in which the nature of the killer is revealed is cribbed from a certain Elm Street entry that I won't specify by name.
The acting is decent, although it's an Australian film so occasionally you might have difficulty deciphering the accents. Molly Ringwald, fiery beauty of the Brat Pack, is much more believable as the sweet girl next door than as the bitchy diva she plays here. But kudos to her for trying to defy typecasting.
In the end, a mediocre slasher flick that isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is. You could do worse on a drunken Friday night, but you could do a hell of a lot better.