Cut (2000)




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Molly Ringwald stars in this Australian Scream-like horror flick that lodges a tongue in the cheek as much as a knife in the gut. The film opens in 1988 when director Hilary Jacobs (Australian uber-icon Kylie Minogue) is working on a slasher movie called "Hot Blooded" starring plucky American icon Vanessa Turnbull (Ringwald) as a teen who is being chased by a psycho with a mask and some wicked cutlery. After the climactic scene is shot, Jacobs shouts "Cut!" and then harangues the actor playing the killer. That night, the actor stabs the director and almost offs Turnbull. The film is never completed, and when a male director who takes over the project ends up dead too, "Hot Blooded" achieves a hallowed status in student film legend. Fast forward to the present -- Jacobs' assistant director Lossman (Geoff Revell) teaches at a film school and tells his favorite students -- Raffy Carruthers (Jessica Napier) and Hester Ryan (Sarah Kants) -- of his experiences on the doomed set. Raffy, who is itching to be the next Jane Campion, sets out to finish the notorious flick. She enlists Hester as a producer, assembles a crew of fellow students and manages to get Vanessa Turnbull, who hasn't worked much lately, to revisit her role as the film's main character. Of course, as soon as shooting commences, the killing begins anew.
R (violence)
Art House & International , Horror
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Molly Ringwald
as Vanessa Turnbill/Chloe
Frank Roberts
as Brad/Scarman
Kylie Minogue
as Hilary Jacobs
Geoff Revell
as Lossman
Jessica Napier
as Raffy Carruthers
Sarah Kants
as Hester Ryan
Stephen Curry
as Rick Stephens
Matt Russell
as Paulie Morrelli
Erika Ann Walters
as Cassie Woolf
Cathy Adamek
as Julie Bardot
Steve Greig
as Jim Pilonski
Paul Blackwell
as Vanessa's Manager
Simon Bossell
as Bobby Doog
Sam Lewis
as Damien Ogle
Edwin Hodgeman
as Mr. Drivett
Peter Green
as Detective Hollander
Tiriel Mora
as Projectionist
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Critic Reviews for Cut

All Critics (9)

Uninspired slasher throwback with a half-decent sense of humor.

April 16, 2005

...the script is surprisingly clever and funny.

Full Review… | October 9, 2002
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August 22, 2005

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Full Review… | March 10, 2003
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November 12, 2002

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Full Review… | June 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for Cut


As very b grade, low budget slasher movies go, this actually isn't bad. I think it got a bit of an unfair panning. Honestly I think it is meant to be funny rather than scary. I saw it on release at the cinema and I don't remember being disappointed at all with it. I have since bought the dvd and rewatched it recently, and still find it not bad. Admittedly, it owes a lot to Molly Ringwald. Just being fabulous. Here she plays a fading star, but she's so glamorous with it. And kind of bitchy. Really, even if the movie did suck, it would still be worth watching for her appearance. The rest of the cast are pretty much unknown Australians. (Aside from Kylie Minogue, who dies very early on). They are not bad for this genre. The actress who plays Hester I thought had a nice quality on screen, pity she seemed to have not done much else. I don't think it will be the best movie anyone ever watched, but it does have its moments.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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An interesting film, But i think it tries a little too hard to be a cult classic. It's old school american horror, which is always fun. The killings were unrealistic and the blood was outrageous, just how a horror movie should be. Sure, it's a "Scream" rip off, but it's still good.

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

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People seem to be beating this movie up for being the very thing it's trying to parody - a crappy B-grade horror movie. I didn't watch every scene, but what I did see I really enjoyed. Molly Ringwald was great - she's an icon and I love that she did this little film. I did have one question, though. Why did Brad end up in a state of electrocution after Vanessa killed him by way of emergency tracheotomy? He was human, not a robot, right?

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

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