Scar

After two little-noticed indies with Josh Hamilton, Jed Weintrob has gone where many a commercially frustrated filmmaker has gone before: to by-the-book slasher horror.

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With: Angela Bettis, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Christopher Titus, Devon Gray, Brittney Wilson, Monika Mar-Lee, Carey Feehan, Al Sapienza, Ben Cotton, Tegan Moss, Kristin Kowalski, Brandon Jay McLaren, Bill Baska.

After two little-noticed indies with Josh Hamilton, Jed Weintrob has gone where many a commercially frustrated filmmaker has gone before: to by-the-book slasher horror. “Scar” does have novelty, in that it’s available in a 3-D version. Less novel — and either a plus or a minus given viewer taste — is its couple of sequences in the nasty torture-porn mode of current fashion. Special format might lure quick theatrical dates, but primary prospects are smallscreen.

An aptly harrowed-looking Angela Bettis plays Joan Burrows, returning to her Colorado home town after 16 years to visit her cop brother (Christopher Titus) and his daughter (Kirby Bliss Blanton), a high school senior. Reason for the long absence: Joan and a best friend were once abducted by the local undertaker for a sadistic “game” whose players chose between mutilation or another person’s death. Though the original perp is long dead, another rash of teen disappearances and murders commences with Joan’s arrival. Killer’s exposure is both predictable and silly, despite a second wallow in young women being grossly abused. Competently packaged low-budgeter’s 3-D is well done technically, though images are sometimes too dark to take full advantage.

Scar

Production: A Cinema Vault presentation of a Scar Co. production in association with DB Entertainment. Produced by Norman Twain, Courtney Potts, Jamie Gordon. Executive producers, Len Koch, Bob Silberberg, Daniel Hank, Allison Powell. Co-producers, Christian D. Bruun, Douglas Berquist. Directed by Jed Weintrob. Screenplay, Zack Ford.

Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-35mm and D-Cinema (3-D version)), Toshiaki Ozawa; editor, Chris Figler; music, Roger Neill; production designer, Trevor Smith. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Midnight Slam), Aug. 25, 2007. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Angela Bettis, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Christopher Titus, Devon Gray, Brittney Wilson, Monika Mar-Lee, Carey Feehan, Al Sapienza, Ben Cotton, Tegan Moss, Kristin Kowalski, Brandon Jay McLaren, Bill Baska.

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