Release date18 July 2009 (2009-07-18) (Fantasia Film Festival) GenresHorror, B movie, Slasher, Horror comedy CastSasha Grey (April Carson), Jesse Buck (Isaac Beaumonde), David Hess (Able Whitman), Michael Berryman (Philip Farmsworth Jr.), Ray Sager (Reverend Roscoe Boone), Jennilee Murray (Georgina Carson / Gigi Spot) Similar moviesHerschell Gordon Lewis appears in Smash Cut and directed The Wizard of Gore
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Smash Cut is a 2009 Canadian horror slasher film directed by Lee Demarbre and produced by Robert Menzies. It stars David Hess, Sasha Grey, Michael Berryman and Herschell Gordon Lewis.
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
Filming was conducted between 9 May and 4 June 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario at area locations including the Mayfair Theatre and Rockland, Ontario.
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.