Starring- David Rountree, David Banks, Chris Moir, Sam Scarber, Dahlia Salem, Billy McNamara, Gabrielle Stone, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Allen Maldonado, Rosie Garcia
The Independent Horror/Thriller genre is full of films that, let’s be honest, are subpar at best. There are the good, the so-so, and the just plain unwatchable. This is where Psycho Rock Productions' Cut! rises above the rest. The film recently won Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, and Award of Merit for Audio at the 2014 Independent Film & Television Festival. The script, written by David Rountree and David Banks, is full of genuine twists that truly surprised me in a way that reminded me of the first time I watched The Usual Suspects. Every scene builds upon the other and when you get to the final frame it feels entirely earned. Honestly, the only place where the script could have used a bit of polish is the dialogue.
In Cut!, Rountree (who also directed) plays an aspiring filmmaker and David Banks plays an ex-con who set out to make a film that quickly goes awry. When they hire a homeless man (Scarber) to scare a prostitute for their film and the man murders her, the duo decide that the only way to make an authentic horror film is to keep killing. Rountree delivers a tight, taught film from beginning to end. It keeps you engrossed as you watch the filmmakers slip further and further into depravity. And when you get to the whopper of an ending, you’ll want to go back and watch the film again to pick up on the subtle clues peppered throughout the film. The film features appearances from some recognizable actors- Suze Lanier-Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes), Gabrielle Stone, and William McNamara, which takes the acting well above average for the genre.
Cut! will play for one week at The Arena Cinema in Hollywood on February 13th-19th before making its way to DVD.
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