4 out of 10
Release date: 1st June 2015 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Warren Dudley (The Bromley Boys / Cage)
Cast: Lucy-Jane Quinlan, Parry Glasshouse, Lydia Orange, Jason Rhodes, Louisa Adams and TJ Herbert
Writer: Warren Dudley
Trailer: THE CUTTING ROOM
Director and writer Warren Dudley has surrounded himself with a decent cast for his formulaic if lively debut. His horror is yet-another ‘rats in a maze / found-footage’ flick that offers nothing new. It gives the game young cast a bit of variety for their showreels though as the plot tells the full story of how they met their horrific ends at the hand of a serial killer. We rewind, wayyyyyy too far, to the minute the film camera was hired from their college. So we see our lead trio, fart about, talk relationships, project ideas and much more in the lead up. Most of which should have hit the Cutting Room floor because nothing worth keeping. The plot background slowly put together and yet feels unnecessarily laboured and over worked.
Three media students team up to make a documentary. They choose the subject of bullying which somehow morphs into an amateur missing person’s case. All this ends up in a spooky museum / castle / derelict military facility – with our daring trio chased by a killer with a penchant for slow torture.
We’ve been here before many times, and there’s nothing much I can write to say this distinguishes itself from the pack apart from a solid cast, natural performance, naturally obnoxuious characters and competent enough execution. As a debut, the director shows he has the basics to build on, and he has proved that with his second film, another horror called Cage. Hopefully, he will continue on this upward swing, as Dudley’s not a bad writer and director, who needs to work on becoming a bit more imaginative.
4 out of 10 – The Cutting Room won’t be one anybody’s list of top 10s. Even a short time after watching it, I find the details, and soon to follow, the whole film, fading from memory.
Second review below by Matt Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Lucy-Jane Quinlan: The Bromley Boys, Cage
- Parry Glasshouse: Hollyoaks (TV), Hollyoaks Later (TV)
- Jason Rhodes: The Bromley Boys
- TJ Herbert: The Bromley Boys, Perfect Break, A Dark Reflection, Family Affairs (TV)