Starring Luciano Saber, Kate Norby, Cory Almeida, Raquel Baldwin Horton, Doug Cole, J. Robin Miller, Paityn James, Brad Lockerman
Directed by Keith Walley
Expectations: Zero after Speck.
On the general scale:
On the B-movie scale:
If it wasn’t for my dedication to finishing this completionist review series of the Full moon catalog, I would have never watched Cut Throat after seeing Keith Walley’s previous film, Speck. I consider myself open-minded when it comes to movies, but there are few films that left me with such distaste as Speck. Thankfully for my sanity, Cut Throat is a far superior film. I’m not saying that it’s good, or even that it’s worth watching, but at least I didn’t want to huddle in the corner of the shower after Cut Throat. This is also why I’ll probably forget this movie relatively quickly, while I think Speck will stick in my mind like a festering wound for a good while to come. It’s funny how that is.
Cut Throat is something of a slasher in the Scream style, but it owes a greater debt to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Like that film, Cut Throat is about a film production beset by tragedy and murder. The masked killer of the film-within-a-film is actually killing the actors and crew members, oh no! Our hero is the film’s new lead actress, Samantha (Kate Norby), who replaces the murdered previous star about an hour after her death. You’d think they’d at least stop production for the day, but I guess when you’re already out of money and the whole thing might be called off at any moment, you’ve gotta keep it rolling no matter what.
I didn’t much like Cut Throat, but I definitely respect the ambition of trying to make the film more than the standard shot-on-video, early 2000s, low-budget Scream clone. I’m sure Walley had to convince the money men to let him shoot it on film, and the fact that he was successful shows that his passion and dedication to film was probably a pretty powerful force. If only his films were able to properly harness this passion and channel it into something worth watching.
Next time I get around to a Full Moon movie I’ll be looking at Tim Kincaid’s 1988 film The Occultist, the only Tim Kincaid Full Moon movie I haven’t reviewed! See ya then!