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Final cut proves truly terrifying in The Editor


At once tribute and parody, The Editor, the new movie from filmmaking team Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, salutes the Italian giallo subgenre that emerged in the '60s and '70s through low budget directors of slasher thrillers like Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci. Monster Pictures is releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD November 18.

Once a great editor lauded around the world, Rey Ciso has been condemned to cut up grindhouse pictures for a producer of trashy flicks ever since a horrific accident left him with wooden pegs for fingers. When the two leads from the latest z grade movie he is working on turn up dead in the studio. More bodies show up, the fingers removed from each victim by the killer. This leads Detective Porfiry to suspect Rey who must prove his innocence and uncover the awful truth. Meanwhile the narcissistic actor Cal Konitz seems to be taking pleasure in the murders and is soon shamelessly exploiting the deaths to advance his acting career.

Awarded 2nd Place at the Boston Underground Film Festival, The Editor, which also features horror regulars Udo Kier and Laurence R. Harvey and Enter the Void's Paz de la Huerta, alternates between absurd comedy and splatter romp using many of the tropes that made the giallo features both charming and antiquated cinematic curios. Cardboard performances, out of sync dubbing and goofy deadpan humour mesh together in a faithful mash up. Here the tongue has been sliced out of its cheek.

The Editor has proven popular at festivals having been nominated for the Audience Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. Variety thought it a clever salvo to movies like Suspiria, New York Ripper and Murder Rock.

"The pitch-perfect screenplay [sic] does an ace job of mimicking the common faults of giallos," writes Dennis Harvey in Variety, "especially in their badly dubbed English-language versions: the tin-eared, ill-synched dialogue."

"The jokes mostly stand up on their own" notes the Hollywood reporter, "loud and proud and gloriously silly."