College students Raz, Charlie and Jess are about to start work on their end of year Media Studies project… unaware of a malevolent force lurking deep below their sleepy town.
A recent wave of apparent Cyber bullying and the disappearance of two local girls lead the group to an abandoned army barracks situated deep in the forests that surround the college. What they find there is a terrifying labyrinth of tunnels from which there seems no escape… and a dark figure hell bent on tormenting them. Hunted, frightened and lost, Raz, Charlie and Jess must now escape the barracks or suffer the unspeakable fate that awaits them.
Why we’re looking forward to this: Any film that names itself after this column has got to be winner, hasn’t it? Seriously, though, while The Cutting Room may the latest in a long line of mostly tedious found footage films, the fact that’s it’s an independent British production gives us cause to hang out the bunting at This Is Horror, as we do like to support home grown talent.
The trailer is suitably atmospheric, with tracking shots of long abandoned corridors interspersed with a girl strapped to a table with an unknown assailant looming over her (which we just know isn’t going to end well) and delightfully crisp dialogue from the actors in clipped British tones.
Thought the found footage genre may well be the wrong side of its sell by date, there are precious few good British examples and there’s always the chance that a film like The Cutting Room will breathe some new life into it, so for that reason alone, we’ll step inside and take a look.
The Cutting Room is out now on DVD.
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