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Cut: Mushroom Slasher Needs Second Cut

Mushroom Records has revealed its hand in releasing Cut, its first feature film ­ and while no bad effort, this teen slasher flic is no slice above the best of them.

Funding sources for the film called for the casting of a recognised US name, so Mushroom found the talents of once-was-famous Molly Ringwald ('Pretty in Pink', '16 Candles') available. To screenwriter Dave Warners credit, Molly is cast with refreshing screen irony as a once-was-famous actress, who yearns for a come-back via an unfinished 1980s slasher flic where the original director (Kylie Minogue) was knifed by the lead blood-crazed star.

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Molly's riposte is aided by a group of Aussie fimmaking students, led by Raffy (Jessica Napier, 'Water Rats', 'Police Rescue', 'Wildside') who secure the original footage and set out for the original house in the country where poor Kylie was killed all those years ago.

The only problem ­ as we are informed in no uncertain terms ­ is that the film footage is "possessed with all the evilness" that went into the original shots. Suddenly mobile phones fail to work, electricity supplies fail, and the Slasherman returns for a field day with the shears.

Debut feature director Kimble Rendall exploits his past life as a video clip maker to get the timing of the horror spot-on, and as a genre piece the film runs quite smoothly. Unfortunately it fails to add anything remarkable to the teen slasher mode, and at times feels as dated as the original 80s footage it claims to build on.

Nevertheless, proof is always in the audience, and if distributors (both locally and US) know anything, then Cut will bring healthy batches of pimply teens to the screen ­ if they havenıt yet forgotten Blair Witch that is.

About Blair Witch Project (1999)
The movie that takes the cake for creaming the US Box Office with a production budget under US$50,000. While the filmıs fearful plot has turned a generation away from camping in tents ever again, Blair Witch's biggest shock-waves came in how low-fi publicity could achieve hi-fi payoffs. Three kids go off into the woods, and as their adventures reveal, fear is in the eye of the hand-held camera.

About 8mm (1999)
Another film-within-a-film, 8MM concerns a private detective (Nicholas Cage) who sets out to unearth the last days of a supposedly murdered young woman. His only lead is a reel of film that looks more real than invented. While Blair Witch and 8MM appealed to a wider demographic, Cut seems certain to draw on the late teen market, content with cheap thrills and buckets of blood.

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Title: Cut (2000)
Written by: Dave Warner
Directed by: Kimble Rendall
Produced by: Bill Bennett (co-producer), Mikael Borglund (executive), Jennifer Cluff (executive), Martin Fabinyi, Michael Gudinski (executive), Gary Hamilton (executive), Rainer Mockert (executive),
Edited by: Henry Dangar
Director of Photography: David Foreman
running time: 78 minutes

The Players: Molly Ringwald, Jessica Napier, Simon Bossell, Sarah Kants, Kylie Minogue
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