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Cut Shoot Kill (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 2017 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Socha ... Serena Brooks
Alex Hurt ... Alabama Chapman
Phil Burke ... Blake Stone
Jay Devore ... iBall
Lexi Lapp ... Candice
Zanny Laird Zanny Laird ... Chloe
Josh Salt ... Gordon E. Runte
Michael Oberholtzer ... Francis
Lance Channing ... Soundie
Kett Turton ... Jason
Ian Flanders ... Shooter
Nils Lawton ... Walter
Keenan Jolliff ... Cowboy
Henry Zebrowski ... Edward Shipman
Kyle Harris ... Brian
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Serena Brooks, an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers that have worked together for years. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to become her character if she wants to survive. Written by gs

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8 August 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Serena Brooks (Alexandra Socha), an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers that have worked together for years. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to become her character if she wants to survive.

Michael Walker could be considered an auteur, though not as well known as many directors who have been given that title. Working outside of the studio system, he has succeeded in both writing and directing his own pictures. And despite this independence, he has managed to attract some name actors – Jeff Daniels in "Chasing Sleep" (2000) and Parker Posey in "Price Check" (2012), which also had a pre-oversaturated Amy Schumer.

Although no big names are attached to "Cut Shoot Kill" (unless you count the name drop of Shailene Woodley), almost everyone in the cast has plenty of credits under their belt, and elevates what would otherwise be dismissed as a low budget film to a higher caliber. Alexandra Socha is incredible, an ideal "final girl". Walker has said "she came to it where she really knew how to get a performance out of herself." This is evident on screen, and one suspects she will soon be bombarded with scripts.

This is not the first horror film to blur the lines between reality and fiction ("Effects" and "Behind the Mask" come to mind), but the material is superbly crafted and executed. While nothing is completely original, there are quite a bit of new ideas brought to the horror genre here. Reviewer Jennie Kermode says "the film doesn't really have enough ideas to justify its 98 minute running time", but I respectfully disagree. Though a film does have to earn the right to run over 90 minutes, "Cut Shoot Kill" successfully does that. Much more than a slasher film, we have two (or maybe three?) layers that each could be their own film.

Beyond the great writing and lead actress, the rocking, fast-tempo score from Brooklyn-based composer Christopher North keeps the film moving when necessary, and becomes dark and moody at other times. Hiring North was a wise move. Perhaps even wiser was having Doug Sakmann and Backseat Conceptions on board in the production department. With Sakmann, you not only get a producer, but an actor (playing two roles) and a special effects artist who has been working on the fly for twenty years. God bless you, Doug Sakmann, and your dedication to independent cinema.

The film opens nationwide on VOD on August 8th, released courtesy of Freestyle Digital Media. Viewers should be able to find a copy on Amazon, their Xbox, or however the kids are watching their movies these days.


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