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Director's Cut (2003)
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by Brian McKay

"Is it too clever or too dumb for its own good?"
2 stars

When the final credits rolled at the end of DIRECTOR'S CUT (after a surprisingly long 87 minutes), my first question was, "What was I just watching?" Was it a parody of bad horror films, or a bad horror film in and of itself (or perhaps a bad parody of bad horror films)?

Even now, I can't figure out if it was trying to be funny in that Scary Movie way, where the whole thing is done as a goof, or in that Evil Dead or Cabin Fever way where the laughs are tempered by some nice gore and genuine cringe-worthy moments.

Either way, I just didn't find it that funny. Or interesting. It's the same thing we've seen a bajillion times, with a madman luring a group of young people into a house so he can kill them. This time the chainsaw fodder are two blond girls who have "Trailer Park Porn Star in Training" written all over them, and their annoying boyfriends (one thinks he's God's gift, the other is decidedly effeminate and whines a lot). The foursome head to Hollywood to be in a cheap horror movie for director Cole Wilder. The young auteur Wilder is responsible for such masterworks as "Night of the Fucking Dead" and wants to take things to "the next level" with his latest experiment. This leads to a party at a house wired with cameras ala "Big Brother," while Wilder watches on monitors upstairs and scopes out his first victims.

Now, this could have worked as a comedy if 1) the writing had been a lot more consistent and b) it had a touch more of the absurd to it. As it is, it chugs along nearly indistinguishable from the films it sets out to mock. While there are a few funny lines and moments, and some nice flourishes of gore here and there, there's just not enough of it to make DIRECTOR'S CUT stand out among the horror-comedy pack.

On average, the performances are only a notch or so above that of the average porn movie, although it seems the four or five leads could have risen to the occasion with a better script backing them up. It's a fine line when having characters that are intentionally annoying - because if they're too annoying, they simply cannot get killed off quickly or painfully enough. The seemingly interminable subplots do nothing to help matters either, with Rider's ex-wife actress trying to crash the party, and a bald and blistered psychotic named "Meth" who looks like the crack baby of the guy from Midnight Oil.

DIRECTOR'S CUT certainly isn't the most god-awful thing I've had to sit through, but compared to some of the other great low-budget horror films of recent memory, it simply cannot compare.

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