Ok, this review is definitely LONG overdue. We first reached out to evil masterminds David Banks and David Rountree (writer and director respectively) about their uber-meta-slasher indie horror Cut! last month and they were more than willing to let ol’ ReelBloody take a crack at it. They graciously hooked us up so that we may also enjoy the thrill of the hunt! Roll cameras!
In short, the film is about 2 friends who attempt to capture the ultimate in reality-based horror films by putting people in seemingly authentic scary situations and recording their reaction. What starts out innocently and innovatively enough soon spirals out of control until an innocent participant dies. It is only then that we truly find out what these two gents are willing to do to bring the ultimate scare to the masses.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie. I also enjoyed the movie within the movie, so there…double whammy. Just as entertaining was Rountree’s character Travis and Banks’ character Lane playing off of each other down to the last detail. It was definitely a solid balance between sometimes outlandishly rude and inexplicable behavior (Banks) and quiet thought-provoking actions (Rountree). Honestly, it took me a little patience to get past Banks’ over the top, IDGAF attitude, but when I retroactively thought about the film in its entirety, it definitely plays its part.
Anytime I review a film, I do try to make sure I question everything….you know, like I did growing up around the church. I figure it’s a grave disservice to omit that step otherwise. I have to say, as I pointed out flaws or questions to myself during the movie, it’s as if The Davids (I really tried gents…but I could NOT avoid at some point handing out that moniker just once...) were right behind me, making sure to tuck me neatly and snugly into bed, even fluffing my pillow at times with fantastic and cutthroat dialogue between the two. Needless to say (which I guess is why I’m saying it?), I was glad to see that they almost immediately addressed what I thought were some pretty obvious WTF moments.
I can definitely sum up the effectiveness of Cut! by telling you that this film is just about the slowest burn of any horror film I’ve seen in recent history…yes, even slower than a Ti West film. That said, it still fit into the story perfectly and I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. It also has some absolutely clever and devilish twists towards the end, setting the film up to branch out into franchise fodder if ever the opportunity presented itself. Another thing that I enjoyed, as mentioned before, was the meta angle. Usually highly misused and overrated, in this film it most certainly is not. It is the 24 oz. med-rare porterhouse of the film no doubt, and even equally as mouth-watering was the found footage film snuggled tastefully and appropriately inside the warm trappings of a scripted narrative. Very well thought out AND executed, only one of which lesser-versed writers & directors are usually capable . It was an original, entertaining, and very fun watch and easily earns a 6.5 in my book.
Kudos to both David Banks and David Rountree for scheming up this blood covered cornucopia of cunning and cult.
Check out the film’s imdb page here, and click here to buy this bad boy on DVD!