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Obviously a low budget movie, OUTTAKE REEL shows what happens when a director sets off to make the next big thing in horror and all the pitfalls that come in the way for him to make that happen. Call him a victim of circumstance or just a misunderstood artist, the “killer” of the movie isn’t painted like a villain but more like… a dude that a bunch of unfortunate shite happens to. And maybe because of that angle OUTTAKE REEL works on more than just a torture porn level, which at times, it very much is. I guess the best way to describe the flick is a cross between something like THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES meets PROJECT GREENLIGHT (the season FEAST was being made).
But since it's low budget and all, the film doesn’t feel as polished or as professional as it could have been. Particularly some of the acting is off and the delivery of lines feels simply like the delivery of lines and not natural, fluid dialog, but that’s to be expected in a flick like this. Also, the cameraman’s ongoing narration as he’s talking and interviewing everyone on set and whatnot felt forced and unnatural and honestly, got really effin’ annoying after awhile. Maybe it’s just me but I’m of the belief that if you don’t have anything to say… don’t say it. Stop blabbering already and get on with the show.
The highlights of OUTTAKE REEL include awesome cameos by Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, who probably gives the film its best performance by far, acting like a real actor in a real movie and not like a student film with a student cast (which it felt like most the time), as well as a cameo by fanboy favorite Tiffany Shepis, who also does a solid, if brief, job. You also get to see Ava Santana’s boobies… unfortunately, it’s during a torture sequence so it’s not the kind of nudity that’s fun to watch, but hey… boobies are boobies, right? Otherwise, it was mostly your run of the mill found footage flick without the jump scares or scares of any kind. That said, the story was interesting and it actually offered a solid twist that I didn’t see coming, and for that to happen in a movie like this deserves some serious props.
Deleted / Extended Scenes: As it would suggest, there are a number of deleted, extended, or alternative scenes, including Lloyd Kaufman Gets Crass, which is quite an entertaining little number cutting together all of the takes from Lloyd’s scene into one linear cut. Otherwise, the deleted/extended stuff offered the run of the mill type of stuff that ends up on the cutting room floor.
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