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I have to say that when I watch microbudget horror films these days, I go into them not expecting much. It's a pessimistic policy, but not a terrible one; that way, when you come up with something really good, you're pleasantly surprised, and you're never too disappointed. I'd like to say that Bit Parts is something special-- another Deadbirds or something-- but it never quite gets to that level. Still, for the amateur production it obviously is, it surprised me in just about every way.
The plot, as noted by All-Movie Guide, is a riff on Eyes Without a Face, Georges' Franju's 1959 thriller: after a car accident, a plastic surgeon (Christopher Page)'s daughter (Michelle Angel) is left horribly disfigured, and he lures innocent, beautiful girls to his home to use pieces of them to reconstruct his daughter's body. When Brenda Martin (Sarah Gordon) falls into the trap, her sister Melissa (Molly Fix) and the cab driver (played by Reda) who took her to the supposed movie audition from which she was kidnapped try to find her while she's still alive.
It suffers all the problems one expects from a microbudget flick, but perhaps not as much as most; the acting isn't A-list, but it's surprisingly good for a production of this level. The script isn't as tight as it could be, but it's quick and grimly funny. The camerwork is of surprisingly high quality, and the music (supplied by Primus drummer Tim Alexander) fits in quite well. Yes, it's derivative and kind of silly, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Certainly worth killing an hour and a half with. ** ½
Bit Parts has an original story (owing some plot points to the classic French horror film Eyes Without a Face), great character development, is professionally shot and looks great, has some great black comedy throughout and the gore (though there isn't much) looks great!
The main reason I enjoyed this film was the social commentary it presented on plastic surgery and the L.A. lifestyle. Getting lured to phony auditions is something that could really happen in L.A. and the plastic surgery angle is dead-on.
Most of all though, this is an entertaining and enjoyable low-budget film. Highly recommended!
TAGLINE: THIS IS NO ORDINARY NIP & TUCK
What the back DVD says:
Dr. Cranston is a successful plastic surgeon in Los Angeles until his daughter is horribly disfigured in a car accident that he caused. To ease his remorse, he tirelessly labors to replace the magled features of his sweet Maggie. Wanting his daughter to be perfect, Dr. Cranston seeks women with the perfect nose, perfect eyes, or perfect breasts for his daughter.
72 min's. Written by Jon Rosenberg produced and directed by Dave Reda who also stars in the movie.
AN INDIE FILM WITH SOME PROMISE OF FUTURE MASTERPIECES.
The movie is a perfect Indie horror movie with some amazing written parts that have an original touch of humor and horror mixed together. The direction for a new comer to the movie world Dave Reda is by far some of the best I have seen when it comes to Indie horror movies. The acting is very strong at times and sometimes can be a little corny and bad. The over all aspect to the movie is a well put together first time approach.
I was amazed at the opening. The dark approach and grainy feel to the camera lens gave it that realistic appeal to life. It was acted out like you and me who is reading This would be average people living out there lifes and going about there daily business.
The makeup was not half bad. The low budget appeal could be seen at times but does not effect the over all outcome to the movie. I think the only bad things at times was the added cornyness to the story. Such as the daughter Maggie playing that spoiled little rich girl type feel, which at times got on my nerves.Read more ›
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