The Editor

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    The Editor

    Directed by

    Canada

    2014

    99 min

    • English

    Comedy, Horror, Thriller

    Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Paz de la Huerta
    Samantha Hill
    Laurence R. Harvey
    Adam Brooks
    Matthew Kennedy
    Conor Sweeney
    Udo Kier
    Tristan Risk
    Dan Bern
    Screenplay
    Adam Brooks
    Matthew Kennedy
    Conor Sweeney
    Cinematography
    Adam Brooks
    Matthew Kennedy
    Editing
    Rey Ciso
    Music
    Claudio Simonetti
    Brian Wiacek
    Eros Cartechini
    Jeremy Gillespie
    Carpenter Brut
    Vercetti Technicolor
    Repeated Viewing

    Director's Statement

    THE EDITOR is our love letter to the Italian giallo films of the 1970s and 80s; the convoluted murder mysteries of Mario Bava, the super-saturated color palettes of Dario Argento, and the supernatural twists of Lucio Fulci.

    Making THE EDITOR has been our greatest creative challenge to date. We learned that making a period piece with multiple name actors, endless set pieces and special effects on a shoestring budget is a sleep depriving, hemorrhoid-inducing stress-mare to say the least. Sure, you might think we learned our lesson making MANBORGAND and FATHER’S DAY with the rest of Astron-6, but no. We jumped right back into the fire all over again (literally doing our own stunts) for this absurdist take on the genre. Our aim was to ramp up the production value, to shoot 4k instead of DSLR, to get some name actors, to make a Canadian giallo.

    Everything was created from the ground up. Locations had to be built or painted or both. Every piece of furniture was carried in one piece at a time by us and our closest friends (we couldn’t afford movers). Once we had the costumes, locations, set dec and actors in place, we would be exhausted, just in time to start shooting. Our budget only allowed us a skeleton crew for one quarter of production. After we had shot that quarter it was up to the two of us to complete the rest along with a few friends and family as our only assistants. We took years off of our lives, lost weight and gained grey hair as we did every possible job one can do on a film. After months upon months of endless work hours we are happy to release our proudest achievement to date.

    Production
    KENNEDY / BROOKS INC
    Sales
    PARK ENTERTAINMENT

    Press

    Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy have done the impossible by creating a film that holds its own with the greatest gialli of all time. It's laugh-out-loud funny, grotesquely gory and viciously violent.

    Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner

    Matthew Kennedy

    Matthew Kennedy

    Canada

    Matthew Kennedy graduated from the University of Winnipeg and is a member of film collective Astron-6. He has acted in several of its productions, including his titular role in MANBORG (2011), and appeared in and co-directed FATHER'S DAY (2011). THE EDITOR (2014), co-directed with Adam Brooks, is his latest film.

    Adam Brooks

    Adam Brooks

    Canada

    Adam Brooks graduated from the University of Manitoba where he earned his BFA in painting. He is a member of the film collective Astron-6. He directed the short films ADDICTION IS MURDER and SEBASTIAN AND ALLEN, and co-directed FATHER'S DAY and THE EDITOR.