Regular readers of Dread Central may remember that the zom-com, meta-horror One Cut of the Dead made my personal Top 10 list of films that screened at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. I wasn’t the only one who got a major kick out of the movie; One Cut of the Dead won the Audience Award, beating out literally dozens of entries, achieving the status of ultimate festival darling.
Here’s what I wrote last September:
We’ve seen meta horror movies before, but One Cut of the Dead takes meta to new levels, completely obliterating the lines between fiction and reality. A director is hired to produce a “reality” TV segment about the set of a zombie movie that gets overrun by actual zombies. See what I’m saying? We essentially get three films in one: The final product, the history of the project, and a behind the camera look at what it took to pull off the project. The credits even feature some actual behind the scenes footage, making One Cut of the Dead meta squared! It’s not as confusing as I’m probably making it sound and, at the end of the day, it’s a love letter to seat-of-your-pants indie filmmaking.
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Today, we’re getting word that One Cut of the Dead will begin a limited theatrical run in the UK beginning January 4th. While this doesn’t mean anything for us Yanks, we’ve got to assume a US release can’t be far behind. One Cut of the Dead is written and directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda and stars Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, and Harumi Shuhama.
If you reside in the UK, you’d be a fool to miss One Cut of the Dead when it arrives in limited theaters. US residence: Hang tight! We’ll bring you updates on One Cut of the Dead as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer below.
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility when they are attacked by real zombies.