Plastic surgeon Dr. Cranston's daughter was horribly disfigured in a car crash at a young age. Now, she remains in his home, a shell of her former self. This of course sends the good Doctor spiralling into madness, as he now places ads in the newspaper, open casting calls for girls with prominent "features" that he can cut out and rebuild his daughter with.
The concept of this film is pretty good, I like the idea of a Doctor trying to rebuild his broken daughter. Instead of a Dr.Giggles
type film (not that there's anything wrong with old Dr. Rendell), it plays out like more of a psychological-type thriller. There's nothing particularly great about the movie; in fact, the whole thing is almost a little bit dull. Most of Bit Parts consists of Melissa, trapped in the Doctor's home, screaming and whining as he spouts off crazy dialogue, showing how fractured his psyche is.
There is some gore to be had too, but not buckets as you may have expected. Let's put it this way: you expect a bit of medical violence, and you get it, but nothing that'll really get your motor running. The movie plays out like a bit of a riff on Hollywood types, but come on, it wouldn't take much to put together the pieces of the plot that are laid out, and the whole thing is a little paint by numbers, although the end of the film really picks up the pace, and the Doctor faces a nasty demise.
The acting is pretty decent, Chris Page is easily the standout of the cast, doing the best he can as the evil Doctor, and Molly Fix's Melissa wasn't bad either. I wasn't a huge fan of Dave Reda- he should stick to directing, but still, I’ve seen much worse acting in low budget flicks.
Indie flicks often have great commentaries, and this one is no slouch. Director Dave Reda hops into the booth and delivers a spirited insight on how this film was made.
You'll also have a look at an NBC local news interview about this film, which I thought was a rather original extra, perfectly suited to the low budget film.
You'll also find a trailer here!