Head Case (Director’s Cut) (2008) – By Brian Morton

 Last September I saw an early cut of the new Anthony Spadaccini movie, Head Case, and it was very good. Well, Anthony sat down and recut the movie and what I liked before I love the second time!

The director’s cut doesn’t really add much to the story of the twisted Montgomery’s, but what it does add really makes a difference. Head Case is really the tale of Wayne Montgomery and his wife Andrea. Wayne is a serial killer who retired when he started a family, and now, 16 years later, he’s decided to take his hobby back up. And, Andrea, being the supportive spouse, decides that she should be involved too. The movie is all ‘taken from the Montgomery home movies’ so the cinema-verite style works very well for the film. We follow the Montgomery’s as they begin their gruesome little hobby, as they perfect their technique and even as they have to handle a family situation when their daughter catches them dismembering a corpse!

The main difference between this version and the original is very minor but makes a great deal of difference. There’s a short segment at the start with Wayne explaining why he’s shutting down his hobby, and there’s a segment at the end that leaves this wide open for more horrific adventures for the Montgomery’s. I enjoyed the original a great deal, but this version is much better, there’s some added grue for those who enjoy that sort of thing (myself included in that number) and the ending left me really wanting to know what was next! Back in September, I gave this a solid three and a half cigars, but I have to say, the slightly different cut made the difference to me, this version rates a full four out of four cigars! You can find out more about Head Case by heading over to the Head Case MySpace page, or, you can visit the Fleet Street Films MySpace page to find out more about all of Mr. Spadaccini’s movies, I’ve seen many of them and they’re all very good! So, until next time, when I’ll still be cringing from the sound of Wayne Montgomery sawing through a spine, remember that the best movies are bad movies.