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Cut (R)
Trimark Pictures (Lions Gate)
Official Site
Director: Kimble Rendall
Producer: Martin Fabinyi
Written by: David Warner
Cast: Jessica Napier, Molly Ringwald, Kylie Minogue, Simon Bossell, Stephen Curry, Sarah Kants, Sam Lewis, Geoff Revell, Frank Roberts

Rating: out of 5


The Australian import Cut is the latest teen horror film hoping to cash in on the current popularity of the genre. The setup is vintage 1950s: Twenty years ago, two people were killed during the making of a horror flick that was left unfinished. Now, several film students are attempting to complete the film. The fact that others who have attempted the same thing have met gruesome deaths is not going to deter this intrepid band of filmmakers! In fact, they are going to shoot in the same many-roomed mansion that was used in the original, *and* they are going to make sure that they have at least a couple of people who worked on the original film along for the ride.

There are some inventively gory scenes, as well as moments of genuine hilarity, but overall Cut is too derivative and hokey to stand on its own. I was fortunate enough to see this with a friend in an almost empty theater, and once we had resigned ourselves to the fact that this was not going to be Monsterpiece Theater, we had a pretty good time guessing who would get killed next and how, and generally enjoying CUT for the bad horror movie it is. So, keep Cut in mind for your next Halloween movie marathon.

—Sandhya Shardanand

 

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