Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lee Demarbre|
|Produced by||Robert Menzies|
|Written by||Ian Driscoll|
Herschell Gordon Lewis
|Music by||Michael Dubue|
|Edited by||Lee Demarbre|
|Distributed by||Imagination Worldwide LLC|
Television news celebrity April Carson (Grey), working for station manager Fred Sandy (Lewis, in a cameo appearance), turns to the services of private investigator Isaac Beaumonde (Jesse Buck) to seek her missing sister, a stripper known as Gigi Spot (Jennilee Murray). Carson assumes a role in a horror movie in the process, eventually learning that the movie's director, Able Whitman (Hess), is not only the culprit, but that he has rendered her sister's body into props for the production. Whitman then requires more "props" for his film, which means more body parts, which in turn requires a killing spree. Meanwhile, detective Beaumonde pursues an increasingly deadly and grisly case.
- David Hess as Able Whitman
- Sasha Grey as April Carson
- Michael Berryman as Philip Farmsworth Jr.
- Herschell Gordon Lewis as Fred Sandy
- Jesse Buck as Isaac Beaumonde
- Ray Sager as Reverend Ezekial Boone
- Jennilee Murray as Georgina Carson / Gigi Spot
- Michael Dubue as Alan Dackman
- Barry Blake as Armand Parys
- Parisa Kasaei as Intern
- Peter Michael Dillon as Oswald 'Ozzie' Kohlberg
- Meghanne Kessels as Mitzi Jackel
- Jeff Lawson as R.L. Smith
- Mercedes Papalia as Doctor / Stripper
- Cinthia Burke as Starla
- Csaba András Kertész as Restaurant patron
- Nick Taylor as Movie Patron
- Jade Carpenter as Young Female Actress
- Guen Douglas as Gretchen Gregorski
- Matthew Stefiuk as Grober
- Rylan O'Reilly as Allan
- Cathy Symonds as Marlene
- Robert Reynolds as Rummy
- Rusty Nails as Kohlberg - Oswald
Smash Cut features actors Sasha Grey, David Hess (The Last House on the Left), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and Ray Sager (The Wizard of Gore). This film presented Grey, an adult film performer, in her first non-pornographic role. Herschell Gordon Lewis, considered the inventor of the splatter film genre, is seen in the film's opening advising the audience to "watch if you must".
The film's investors were concerned that Smash Cut would be hindered by the proposed Income Tax Amendments Act, 2006 law (Bill C-10) that could restrict tax benefits for films whose content the federal government deemed objectionable. These concerns were particularly prompted by the casting of Sasha Grey, but director Lee Demarbre retorted, "I don't want to make a porn movie. I want to make a movie with Sasha Grey. I want to take her right out of the porn genre."
The film was first shown on 18 July 2009 in Montreal at the Fantasia Festival. Another showing was scheduled at the London FrightFest Film Festival in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2009. Canadian premieres in 2009 included Toronto on 15 October and Ottawa on 20 November.
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