I could watch independent horror films all day if they were all made as well as CUT!. Granted, many indie films look great, however even many of those lack the same heart and soul as this film. CUT! is one of those flicks made by horror fans, for horror fans, which is a large part of what makes it so much fun. And while it’s not perfect, it’s still a hell of a movie and worthy of your attention.
If you are not familiar with CUT!, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Psycho Rock Productions:
In CUT! the apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the only way to make a truly terrifying movie.
Suze Lanier-Bramlett co-stars in this movie as a follow-up to her smash hit, original cult classics The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2. This is also a breakthrough performance for comedic actor David Banks, who won Best Leading Actor for his role as the eccentric serial killer Lane Hayes.
I went into this film knowing nothing about it, except for the excerpt from the press release I had received. As a result, I had no expectations and could therefore review it with no bias. I try to do this with every film I watch, however I usually know something about each title beforehand. Going into this one with no prior knowledge helped make this an even more positive entertainment experience.
CUT! is a low-budget feature, but you can’t tell just by looking at it. The production team does a fantastic job of using the money they have, and the result is a solid-looking piece of cinema. The sound is great, the lighting is tight, and the picture is a smooth HD image with great color. The film looks like a high-budget picture, which goes a long way in the indie film world.
The acting is pretty good, with director David Rountree and actor David Banks portraying the main characters. Both do a good job in their roles, and both are believable. I was pleasantly surprised to see Gabrielle Stone in the film; I enjoyed her performance in ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD (click here to read my review of that one), and she gives another solid performance here. Likewise, screen vets Sam Scarber and Suze Lanier-Bramlett are always a pleasure to see onscreen, and they round out CUT!’s cast.
The special effects in CUT! are a big winner. The film focuses more on suspense and intensity, therefore we don’t get to see a whole lot of carnage; but what we do get to see looks good. There’s several scenes of bloodshed and a few bodies, and they all look great. I particularly like the close-up we get when the killer removes a large knife from one of his victims. It is a gruesome shot and looks very real.
My sole complaint about the film is how the storyline stumbles a bit in the middle. We ultimately get a satisfying payoff at the end (and I love the twist), however the middle of the story is a little shaky. A couple of things happen that made me raise my eyebrow in wonder, however they are minor and do not detract from the story that much. Still, I do feel it worth mentioning.
But otherwise, CUT! is a major win for me. I recommend this to any horror fan looking for an interesting take on the ‘slasher-flick’ premise. The film is available on DVD and VOD, so check it out today.