Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Review: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

One Cut Of The Dead Fantasia Review

One Cut Of The Dead just played at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, so what did we think of this new Japanese indie horror?

One Cut Of The Dead has been getting quite a bit of attention lately and it’s easy to see why it has been picked to show at Fantasia Film Festival.

This little indie horror movie from Japan is a truly original take on the zombie genre. Nothing new in regards to infection or groundbreaking zombie-ism but just how the film develops. The simple story of a film crew shooting a zom-B-movie who are attacked during filming by real flesh-eaters…now, whats not to love about that?

When I say this is low-budget then I mean it. This may put some people off but I urge you to stay with it until the end. There are moments in the movie you’ll be like ”what the hell is going on here?”. Everything is answered before the end credits roll. By the end of the film, you will want to find the nearest video camera and make your own movie.


One Cut For The Dead is a fresh take on a genre overpopulated with more crap than solid material. This film acts as an intense lesson in film-making and the industry involved with the production. As silly as the film may sound there is an important message flowing through the entire feature.

One Cut Of The Dead Fantasia Festival
Please can I have this on a t-shirt?

Everything from a director having a great, cinematic vision but being told to play it safe by producers; actors complaining about working conditions and roles they’re starring in; the tireless efforts of a low-budget special FX team giving it their very all to try and make the most believable horror movie they possibly can. This film has it all.

I know, I loved this because I am so interested in film-making and from that point of view, it’s fantastic. However, if you’re small-minded and can’t appreciate art in its truest form, then just go watch a Hollywood blockbuster and get your kicks that way.

8/10

Gary Gamble - Founder @ Moviehooker

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