Directed by Fritz Manger, Re-Cut is a found-footage, faux-documentary horror movie.
Re-Cut opens with the definition of a snuff film. “A pornographic film that shows an actual murder of one of the performers, at the end of a sadistic event.” After another statement the screens finally reads “In the fall of 2009, the following video was intercepted by the Internet Crimes Division of the FBI.” I’m personally a sucker for a faux-doc disclaimer, even when I know they aren’t true.
Aspiring young filmmaker Adam Baumgard (Ross Kohn- Autopsy), and his friend David Stankowitz (Austin Basis- Beauty & the Beast TV series), make a very long road trip to Wisconsin to do a documentary interview with Meredith Phillips called “Life after Reality”. Meredith Phillips (The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) plays herself currently working as a filed reporter for a local news station but hoping for another five minutes of fame. When the guys get to the TV studio Meredith seems weary and preoccupied and doesn’t want to do the documentary.
Meredith gets assigned a new case without any crew so she says she’ll give the boys their documentary interview if they agree to film it for her. Together they end up finding themselves trying to solve a local murder of two twin girls whose father John Fowler is nowhere to be found. Typical resistance comes from pretty much everyone in town, right down to the sheriff. The locals are predictably creepy and frustrated at the lack of cooperation, the group decide to do some investigating of their own. When they meet two guys who claim they can help them get some footage for their Fowler story, they soon find themselves in their own murderous movie.
The intro is exciting and I was hooked into believing (and hoping) Re-Cut was going to be great. Unfortunately barring one or two good scenes and moments of blood, I was disappointed with its tremendously slow pace and I just wish the last twenty minutes would’ve happened sooner.
Re-Cut certainly does not reinvent the wheel but it does deliver a few twists. If you like faux-documentary style films about murder you’ll enjoy it. If you like things faced paced you may find Re-Cut too slow.
WICKED RATING: 3.5/10 [usr 3.5]
Director(s): Fritz Manger
Writer(s): Dylan Manger, Fritz Manger
Stars: Ross Kohn, Meredith Phillips, Austin Basis
Studio/ Production Co: Fritz Manger Productions, National Picture Show Co.