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Exclusive teaser trailer, photos: Rockers fall victim to the “DIRECTOR’S CUT”

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | Exclusives, News


For this band, the metal is deadly, not heavy.

The filmmakers behind DIRECTOR’S CUT gave us the first look at a teaser plus some photos (above by Joe Kaplan, below by Joaquin “Sinematic” Vargas) from their snuff shocker, written and directed by Don Capria and currently set for release this fall. Veteran character actor Louis Lombardi (24, THE SOPRANOS) stars and produced the movie with Paul Travers and Capria, and the cast additionally includes Danielle Kotch, Tyler Ivey, Lucy Hart, Greg Poppa, Louis Rocky Bacigalupo, Brandy Ochoa, 
Haley Cassidy and Darrin Hickok. Brian Spears (2nd photo below with Ochoa) created the makeup and gore effects.

The synopsis: “A Long Island metal band meets a mysterious director [Lombardi] on social media who offers to record their first music video for free. The band is desperate for fame, and his work looks good, so they take him up on his offer and drive to Pennsylvania in hopes of making a killer video. After a night of drinking with this gregarious, obsequious director, the band wakes up to find a different version of him on set. Egos and opinions clash, and the director unveils an uncompromising need for control. After a brief altercation, the band takes a break and thinks about returning home, but they decide they’ve come too far to turn back now and return to film. One by one, the director lures them into the performance space to torture them and make them star in his snuff music video.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).