Hey folks, Valkor here. I'm not the biggest fan of the "found video" type of films (i.e. The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, or Paranormal Activity). Frankly they've all sucked. Yes even PA, which has made a shitload of money and spawned two sequels. So when the film "Re-Cut" came across my desk… I knew I was in for a world of hurt. And in the end, I got just that – a world of hurt.
"Re-Cut" follows two young filmmakers, Adam (Ross Kohn) and David (Austin Basis), as they go cross country to film a documentary on reality star turned news reporter, Meredith Phillips (played by herself, a real life reality star – 2nd season Bacherlorette). Reluctant to do the interview at first, Meredith quickly changes her mind, when her boss gives her an assignment - The Fowler case, which involves twin girls murdered by their crazy religious father. However she doesn't have a camera crew. Fortunately David and Adam are still around and in exchange for the interview, they have to assist her in the investigation. But things get messy when they return to the very house they were told to stay away from by the sheriff… and well, you'll know what happens should you decide to watch the film.
There's really not much else to tell really. The plot isn't all that deep or involving, though there is a twist to the tale. Needless to say, I wasn't pleased with the end result. But I'll save that for the TOV Breakdown.
I'll give Re-Cut credit in that the overall mood is damn near creepy. From the moment the film starts until the bitter end, there's this unsettling air about it. On top of that, watching the flashback cuts involving the twins definitely increases the creepiness factor, which also reminds me somewhat of "The Shining" (Redrum! Redrum!), though maybe not that extreme. There's not much in terms of gore, but there are some squeamish moments within (I'll never look at a milking machine the same way again). Other than that, we move on to…
The film is downright boring! Dare I say worse than PA? Worse than Blair Witch? Actually I think PA was worse, but still this movie sucked. Other than the creepy feel about it, there's no real tension, no suspense. Why all the in between cuts of a bodybag or those barrels(with actual body within)? Did we need it? Though that one cut where the dude is stabbing the bag – gruesome! Also while the twist in the story is kinda cool, you'll see it coming a mile away. I mean can you BE more obvious as to who the real murders are?
Milking Machine and nipples… nuff said.
In the end Re-Cut simply wasn't worth my time. If you're a fan of "found video" films, you might find some enjoyment with this one, but for me, it just doesn't work. Now the version I have is the standard edition and I'm told there's an uncut version, so I might have to seek that one out to see if it changes my perspective. Until then, as it stands, out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving Re-Cut a 2.