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Some time in the 1980`s during the 10BA era of Australian filmmaking, a visiting American film star, Vanessa Turnbill, (Molly Ringwald), is rather incongruously playing a schoolgirl in Hot Blooded, a slasher movie being directed by Hilary, (Kylie Minogue). When Hilary criticises the performance of the actor playing the masked killer, he runs amok, killing the director - and the film is abandoned. 14 years later film students Raffy, (Jessica Napier), and Hester, (Sarah Kants), decide to complete the legendary unfinished Hot Blooded - but in doing so they trigger a new series of savage and mysterious killings... Australian genre films haven`t often been successful - with the noble exception of the Mad Max movies - but Cut, wittily scripted by Dave Warner and intelligently directed by first-timer Kimble Rendall, knows exactly what it`s doing. Admittedly, it doesn`t aim its sights too high and, in the post-Scream era there`s not a lot you can do to re-invent the formula in which a bunch of attractive victims is menaced by a masked killer wielding a nasty weapon. But Rendall and Warner, who include plenty of amusing jokes in the script, have a few fresh ideas and the result is a satisfying horror film for fans of this kind of thing - and that probably includes a lot of mainstream cinemagoers these days.Margaret`s comments: As a long-time friend of the director Kimble Rendall I wanted to like Cut desperately. It was such a relief that not only did I have a good time with it but I could also appreciate the talent that went into making it. It is a genre film, a slasher/horror flic destined to find favour with young audiences. However it contains enough tension and humour, particular within the moments of violence, to provide entertainment for audiences of all ages. Kylie Minogue makes her most impressive appearance in a feature film to date, and for the most part the young cast handles their macabre roles with believable enthusiasm. Molly Ringwald is sporting enough to play her role straight, which only adds to potential enjoyment. Rendall shows flair in direction, keeping the action moving at the pace required for the amount of suspension of disbelief required for this particular genre.