Once regarded as "the world's greatest film editor, Rey Cisco now has to resort to cutting low-budget trash cinema due to a horrific accident that left him with a wooden right hand. While working on his latest picture, the lead actors of the film begin to be murdered off one-by-one, prompting an investigation into who could be behind the gruesome deaths. Peter, the chief detective on the case, suspects Rey may be responsible, but as he digs deeper into the mystery he discovers something far more sinister, and supernatural is lurking behind the scenes. Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy's The Editor is an absurdest giallo-type horror film which manages to be both an homage and a satire of the Italian Giallo genre. While I can't put the film up there in the same realm as something like Black Dynamite, it's hard not to at least argue that The Editor matches that film's creativity and detail, delivering a spoof of a genre which only fans of the genre itself could provide. From the badly dubbed English to the ridiculously convoluted plot, The Editor really captures many of the traits of the Giallo genre to perfection, offering up some impressive comedic moments centered around the gratuitous nudity, violence, out of nowhere introspection, and over-the-top color palette that are common in the subgenre. With plenty of poor taste humor, particularly centered around Rey's crippled hand and the overbearing misogyny that runs rampant throughout the film's running time, The Editor is clearly a film that doesn't take itself seriously, being a very playful horror comedy that works far more than it doesn't. While Rey is the main protagonist, I particularly loved Peter, the detective on the case, who provides some of the funniest moments of the film. Being a man who is described as having "intense passion", The Editor provides the viewer with two highly memorable sex scenes with Peter, sequences that had me in uproariously laughter for the ingenuity and absurdity. While viewers unfamiliar with the Giallo genre may just find The Editor confusing and "dumb", this is a film I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre, providing a satirical homage to the bold, bizarre horror subgenre which I personally love.
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