Cutthroat Alley Release Date: December 2003 (USA) Genre: Horror Director: Timothy Wayne Folsome (Jacked Up, Uninvited Guest) Writer: Timothy Wayne Folsome (Jacked Up, Uninvited Guest) Starring: Bizzy Bone, Stacy Arnell, Janice Palmer Once the quite-white Tanya York scored herself a niche in the urban film market, it wasn’t long before the market became flooded. Not […]

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Cutthroat Alley
Release Date: December 2003 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director: Timothy Wayne Folsome (Jacked Up, Uninvited Guest)
Writer: Timothy Wayne Folsome (Jacked Up, Uninvited Guest)
Starring: Bizzy Bone, Stacy Arnell, Janice Palmer

Once the quite-white Tanya York scored herself a niche in the urban film market, it wasn’t long before the market became flooded. Not only was York releasing films, but Maverick, Spartan (who has since changed their name to Silver Nitrate), and larger distributors were tossing a double-digit number of urban films into the market each month. Oddly enough, while I’ve seen a countless number of urban action and comedy films, I don’t believe there’s ever been a competent urban slasher picture put out before Cutthroat Alley. And before you e-mail me, no, the Full Moon losers Killjoy and Dr. Horrible Bones do not count, as they were terrible.

Cutthroat Alley is another post-Scream slasher film. This, of course, means that the killer (or is it killers?) has a signature weapon, the victims are twenty-somethings playing teenagers, and there’s very little originality to be found. While Three Blind Mice got a kick in the balls for adhering to the formula, Cutthroat Alley earns my praise thanks to the obvious vigor that surrounds the project. Made on an obvious low budget, Cutthroat Alley features a “killer in the hood” that is stalking and killing new prey at an alarming rate.

When the killings first start, the evidence slowly, but surely, begins to pile up against the college-bound Robinson Jacobs. He had a disagreement with a gang member (Mack 10) prior to his death by stabbing, has no clear alibi for when the murders were committed, and his duffle bag mysteriously contains bloody clothes. With time, the law, and a sick murderer against him, it’s up to Robinson, the poor white kid stuck in the hood, and a little piece of ass to save the day.

Once again, Cutthroat Alley is not the most original film. What it lacks in new ideas, it makes up for with its often witty and humorous dialogue, bloody deaths, and its fun climax. One scene in particular that I loved was when Robinson indirectly accuses the caucasion of murder since his (black) “people don’t do that” since, you know, it takes planning and everything. The friend replies with, “What about the low riding snipers?” Great stuff there.

Rappers Chino XL and Bizzy Bone have parts in the film, but be warned, they’re very brief. The lead actors, though, are interesting enough to garner some attention. By no means bad, and the change of scenery from rich white kids to the ghetto was much appreciated.

DVD: I had a screener DVD, but supposedly, there’s a Director’s Commentary on the disc.

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