Pete’s Peek | Smash Cut


Who said all low-budget horror films are crap? Canadian filmmaker Lee Demarbre has come up with a tongue-in-cheek homage to the wizard of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, that actually works.

If you’re not familiar with HGL’s oeuvre, he was responsible for a host of sicko schlock movies throughout the 1960s featuring girls in bikinis, buckets of obviously fake blood, and piles of rubbery dismembered body parts.

In Smash Cut, Demarbre lets loose his inner cine-freak desires and sets out to emulate HGL, complete with a cameo from the schlock impresario himself.

So roll on the story: Embittered director Able Whitman (played by Last House on the Left actor David Hess) turns to using real human body parts in his new project when his latest film flops because of the cheap special effects. But hot on his case is local TV news reporter April (former porn star Sasha Grey) and private eye Isaac Beaumonde (Jesse Buck).

Sit back and enjoy the body count, the terrible actors trying to out ham each other, the corny one-liners and the little nods to cinema history (including a great soundtrack that pays homage to composers like Ennio Morricone, and a cameo from The Hills Have Eyes star Michael Berryman – in a bad wig).

Pass the popcorn – and a sick bag.

Showing at Film4 FrightFest on Saturday 29 August

Released on DVD 31 August

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