The Editor Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by Scream Factory
Directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy
Written by Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney
2014, 95 minutes, Not Rated
Played at Fantasia Film Fest on July 31st, 2015
Adam Brooks as Rey Ciso
Matthew Kennedy as Peter Porfiry
Conor Sweeney as Cal Konitz
Paz de la Huerta as Josephine Jardin
Apparently back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, there was a subgenre of foreign horror known as "giallo"; this is the same category The Editor falls into, though it’s more of a spoof rather than a serious entry. While I am not familiar with this genre, nor do I like what I've looked into prior to viewing this, I will give credit where credit is due.
First and foremost, this is a spoof of the countless murder/mystery Italian giallo movies, right? It has to be; and I believe that this is a negative thing. I understand that the characters/dialogue are supposed to be nonsensical, but this is downright comical, and not in a good way. Normally I'm all for a good spoof, but not when they're trying this hard, even going so far as to intentionally place the English dubbing out of sync with the video. It's worth noting that not all characters receiving this treatment, some have no dubbing whatsoever. On top of that, the dubbed language is used on characters already speaking English! Maybe I'm missing something, but I just don't get it, and the filmmaker's urge to strive for authenticity hurts what could otherwise be something interesting.
There is a fair amount of nudity in The Editor, and when I say that, I mean every ten minutes or so, a pair of tits or a full bush graces the screen. Most of the nudity is either background or a girl with her blouse hanging off of her shoulder and not realizing it. Seriously, the characters are fucking stupid, and I'm not 100% sure if that was intentional. I can see the comedy stemming from the giallo genre, but then some more modern comedy comes through, so it's hard to tell. I'd like to share my favorite piece of dialogue, which was between the producer and a replacement editor:
Producer: You look like a cop.
New Editor: I am a cop.
Producer: You are?
New Editor: No.
How does shit like this get written? There are so many questions I have regarding the dialogue and overall plot, but whatever.
Even with what I just said, I did find some things enjoyable. Primarily the gore and practical effects, as they are top notch and ultra-realistic. There is a finger amputation scene involving an axe, where I said out loud, "Holy shit that looked real". So that was nice to see. Another thing is the cinematography and music, which are both very interesting and reminds me strongly of something out of the neo-noir genre: Drive, Only God Forgives and The Guest are good examples. The standout actor in The Editor has to be Matthew Kennedy's character, Inspector Peter Porfiry; his hatred for the Catholic priest, or wizard as he would say, is both hilarious and strange.
I would have a hard time recommending this to anyone, if I knew it was a spoof then sure I'd be able to have more fun with this than I did, but it is what it is. If you're a gore fanatic, go for it, or if you're obsessed with the giallo stuff, this is right up your alley. At least I think it is.