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Canadian Premiere

Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop

Official Selection, Dead by Dawn Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Boston Underground Film Festival 2011

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“Fantastically funny” — Kevin Matthews, FLICKFEAST

“Fast-paced and downright hilarious” — Mike Snoonian, BRUTAL AS HELL


Director: Trent Haaga
Screenplay: Adam Minarovich
Cast: Will Keenan, Timothy Muskatell, Malaya Manson, Elina Madison
Producers: Dongming Pan, Chad Ferrin, Jeff Hamilton, Trent Haaga
Print Source: Bloody Disgusting Selects



Lance (Will Keenan, TROMEO & JULIET) has seen better days. His half-brother’s car has died, leaving Lance stranded in the middle of nowhere. After numerous tries, he finally manages to flag down a ride. The driver seems sympathetic enough, initially, if a bit odd. Conversation stalls after the formalities, until the driver hits Lance with the question, “Whose life would you save, your wife or your half-brother?” After a momentary pause, Lance decides to play the game without too much further thought and chooses, obviously, his wife. Next thing he knows, he’s on the receiving end of a tranquilizer-dart gun. Lance awakes to find an axe, his half-brother bound to a chair and a threat to his wife — Lance must do the unthinkable, or she loses her life. Nothing could be worse than these circumstances, right? No, it’s just the beginning of Lance’s nightmare with this complete stranger with mysterious, but hardly noble, intentions. As the film’s title suggests, not everyone is going to make it through in one piece.

In the mood for a perfectly unhinged movie that capably mixes deep-black humour with bright red gore? CHOP doesn’t cut corners in either category! Leaving hardly a moment to catch one’s breath, CHOP is a devilish delight that gleefully mocks the SAW-style torture-porn genre with its infernal and highly unlikely tricks and traps expanding exponentially. It’s the first feature-length directorial effort from Trent Haaga, a veritable jack-of-all-trades in the milieu of independent horror cinema — he acted in TERROR FIRMER and CITIZEN TOXIE, and wrote the screenplay for DEADGIRL. The film leaps gleefully into all manner of brutal excess and is peppered throughout with politically incorrect humour, and the results are entirely entertaining. Timothy Muskatell enthusiastically immerses himself in the role of the tormentor imposing his extreme intentions on poor Lance, who despite appearances might not be the nicest guy himself. Suffering as much mental torture as physical, Lance is constantly kept in the dark as to what will happen next. Check out CHOP and you’ll find yourself in same state of nail-biting suspense!

—Patrick Lambert (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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