Monday, July 25, 2011

Cut (2000)

Cut

Written by David Warner
Directed by Kimble Rendall

Vanessa...Molly Ringwald
Hester...Sarah Kants
Raffy...Jessica Napier

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.

2000
Rated R
82 Minutes
Color
English
United States

3 comments:

  1. I watched this about a year ago or so and remember very little, although for me, it's almost worth a recommend for Ringwald alone. She has a damn good time in Cut.

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  2. I've never heard of this one before. I'll probably pick it up cause I'm always in the mood for some new cheesy horror films :D

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  3. Unoriginal but has its moments. Fair at best.

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