DEATH BY 1000 CUTS (2020) Reviews and overview


Death by 1000 Cuts is a 2020 American psychological horror film about a vlogger’s confusion and search for identity in a small town. The search involves therapy and hypnosis in a psychiatrist’s office.

Written and directed by Sam Salerno, this feature is an extension of his 2019 short of the same name and stars Brett Burrier, Rosie Koocher, Erica Solitaire Chappell, Richard French and Jane Bond.


“From a gothic aura to bloody gore to psychological twists and body horror, Death by 1000 Cuts packs a lot into its running time and it’s likely the kind of film you’ll find yourself wanting to watch again just to try to figure everything out. A solid indie horror effort from up-and-coming Sam Salerno, Death by 1000 Cuts taunts and teases, immerses and waterboards its way into your heart and your mind.” The Independent Critic

“If David Lynch had directed Phantasm after watching House of 1,000 Corpses it may have looked something like this. Whether or not it’s a good film is going to be a matter of individual taste and tolerance for non-linear storytelling. I enjoyed it, though I had to watch it a second time to try and figure it all out.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Jimmy Marshall Applewhite … News Reporter #1
Dani Ardilla … Weeping Woman
Aaron Berjohn … Travis Cooke
Jane Bond … Mrs Morrow
Ted Buchanan … Police Chief
Brett Burrier … Johnny Morrow
Erica Solitaire Chappell … Doctor Moody
Victor Dubose … Victor Payne
Richard French … Mr Morrow
Daniel Gilchrist … The Giant
Every Heart … Doctor Brooks
George Justice … Mayor
Priscilla Kandel … Babs
Rosie Koocher … Christina Gray
Regina Niles … News Reporter #2
Art Roberts … Mr Gray
Alison Stolpa … Wanda and Wendy
Jc Sullivan … Mrs Gray

Filming locations:

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Technical details:

104 minutes
Audio: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1