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MOVIE REVIEW: The Editor (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Editor (2014)

By Nick Durham

Before I speak anything in terms of the brilliance of The Editor, the first thing you need to know about is the crew behind it: Astron-6. Featuring Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, and Conor Sweeney, Astron-6 is the Canadian troupe that is responsible for the hilarious and brilliant Father's Day released by Troma in 2011 (and, seriously, go watch that like right now) as well as the low budget and super enjoyable green-screen romp Manborg. Seriously, go watch their work before you watch The Editor. Doing so will really make you appreciate just how far technically these guys have come within the past few years.

Anyway, The Editor is the crew's tribute/take on the giallo. A lost and too often underappreciated horror sub-genre, it's rare that we get a giallo anymore (let alone a good one...seriously, Argento, what happened to you?), and here we get not only a pretty good one, but a rousing and hilarious tribute as well. The story revolves around once prominent film editor Rey Ciso (Brooks) who, after a horrifying accident, is left with wooden fingers. Now editing grindhouse filth, Rey finds himself in the center of a series of grisly murders, as well as being hounded by a very "passionate" cop (Kennedy), and dealing with his fallen-star wife (Nurse 3D star Paz de la Huerta). All that is only the tip of the iceberg, though, as things aren't all what they seem, and when shit hits the proverbial fan, trust me, it really hits the fan.

As I said before, The Editor is definitely the most technically impressive film Astron-6 has given us so far. The camerawork, set design, costumes, and everything in between is both a loving tribute to the giallo as well as poking delightful fun at the all too prevalent shortcomings that the genre would feature as well. The performances from nearly everyone involved are wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, and the cameos and small roles from genre stalwarts like Udo Kier, Laurence Harvey, and the super sexy Tristan Risk will definitely bring a smile to your face.

With all of that praise in mind, there's one thing you should keep in mind: The Editor is definitely not for everyone. If you're not into giallos or have no experience with them, you're not going to get much enjoyment here. You're bound to laugh your ass off quite a few times, but you'll miss all the surprising nuances and in-jokes that are peppered throughout nearly every frame of the film. That being said, you'll be missing out quite a bit, and that will kill how super enjoyable the film truly is.

I can sing the praises of The Editor day and night, and in all honesty I kind of want to, but I digress. This is a truly wonderful take on the giallo, and saying that it's worth your time and attention is saying it lightly. The fine folks at Scream Factory finally blessed us with a home video release after it garnered tons of praise on the festival and genre circuits, and with good reason. Go watch it, right fucking now.

Rating: 5/5

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