Lately, it seems like a lot of independent movies I get for review fall within the "slasher" genre, which probably makes sense since that's the most inexpensive and effective horror movie to make. The hard thing is to make it stand out among all the rest.
CUTTING ROOM begins with a film within a film. There's a porn movie being shot, complete with boobies, and one of the crew members has her throat slit by a masked killer. Then it goes to others watching this particular scene around an edit bay and complaining how bad the special makeup effects are. The editor, Edie (Ellen Dyer) is this Goth chick who insists she can work her editing magic on hit. So the director lets her, little realizing what trouble this will create. You see, she's utterly insane. She recreate this death scene by actually killing a woman. A gay friend of her assists because he likes killing as well. When she shows her new footage to the director he's impressed and tells her to redo all of the rest, which she does. Since the movie is shot already she ends up killing all of the cast, one by one, in brutal ways. Eventually the not-so-bright director stumbles upon what's going on and is given a choice-- to go along with it and finish his movie--or die.
Although CUTTING ROOM has one of the most irritating musical scores I've ever heard, which made me mute the sound half a dozen times, this low-budget movie is quite well-done and I really liked the premise.