serial killer is on the loose and is leaving behind his murderous
deeds on video (played on a loop) for detectives to find. With each
video, the killings become more and more violent and disturbing. Two
detectives are assigned to the case and a documentary filmmaker is
tagging along to capture some of the "detective work" in
this feature suspense/thriller by Houston Director Jason Shutt
by Jason Shutt and Richard McGee, "Loop" is shot documentary
style and follows two Detectives Bill Moore (played by Bill Ross )
and Samantha Scott (played by Samantha Lynn) of the Houston Police
Department's Homicide Division. Along for the ride is an ex-homicide
detective, a 9-year veteran, turned filmmaker (VO by Jason Shutt)
who has been documenting the detective work of Moore and Scott for
the past 6 months.
the two detectives investigates a double homicide one in a neighborhood
garage and the other across the street at a pawn shop, they
find that there may be a serial killer at play. As they enter
the shop they find a video tape being played on a continuous loop on
the television sets in the Pawn shop. The video (shot from the
perspective of the killer) shows the gruesome attack of the shop
employee with a baseball bat. With that video and the surveillance
video from the pawn shop camera the detectives have a clear picture
of what went down and the brutality of the killer.
a hazmat suite and a helmet cam the detectives say this serial
killer is smart and good at covering his tracks. With no witnesses
and no clues, the detectives are getting to the point of frustration
and showing signs of stress. The department is on their butts
to close this case but the murders continues and the detectives are
helpless to stop the killings.
after murder, twists and turns and a case study into finding a
serial killer this is Mr. Shutt's directorial feature motion picture
and we think he did an amazing job on this movie.
again, this movie is shot documentary style, utilizing POV footage,
surveillance and security video and documentary footage. What
is interesting is that the sound level is consistent throughout the
movie when it has to be and consistent with real NEWS and behind the
scene police footage. There is little attempt to make this lo-no
budget feature into a blockbuster looking Hollywood movie. But, Mr.
Shutt is able to pull it off with some crafty camera work, excellent
editing between the documentary shots, surveillance video and the
killer's POV helmet cam shots.
was natural and bordered on "really bad that it was good".
You had a sense that the actors were, in fact, law enforcement
personnel, living their lives in front of a documentary camera. We
couldn't tell whether they were real or not. WE were quite
impressed at the naturalness of the dialogue. The
dialogue didn't seem scripted and came across as if you
were actually listening to true life detectives talking about their particular
problems and solutions at a crime scene.
we enjoyed about this movie is the "realistic" documentary
style of the filmmaker. Although, sound and lighting seem to be
below par, (although it wasn't) it was consistent with the
type of look and sound from any NEWS outlet covering such types of
incidents. The director and editor pieced together the use of split
screens in showing the crime scene, reminiscent of the 1968 Richard
Fleischer film "The Boston Strangler".
talked with Mr. Shutt and found that they indeed had some inside
knowledge about crime scene investigations and homicide procedures
that enhanced the realistic feel of the movie.
all, we thought this was an easy movie to watch. It was a little
predictable but at the same time it was interesting in that the
director tried with success, we think, in giving an audience
something to see in a unique way.
have to give credit to the imagination of the director in putting
together this type of movie. One could say that Mr. Shutt created
four movies within a single thread namely the documentary that was
being made, the POV of the Killer video, the Surveillance and security
video and of course the movie as a whole. Quite an accomplishment
for a first time feature director. If you get a chance to see this
movie, I don't think you will be disappointed.
News & Entertainment Magazine rated this feature a strong 4.6
out of 5 stars on the TSIRS scale.
of C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine's "Best Made in
Houston" Film for 2011
Company: Masquerade Studios
Premiere: Thursday September 13th, 2012 at the Star Cinema Grill,
Webster, Texas as part of the 2012 Gulf Coast Film & Video
by: Jason Shutt and Richard McGee
by: Jason Shutt
by: Richard McGee
by: Jeff Walton
by: Jason Shutt
Effects by: Aaron Witkowski and Toxic Elephant
Bill Ross, Samantha Lynne, Jason Shutt, Luis Montes De Oca, Antoinette
Anders, Gary Sissel, Dave Sissel, Louis Vela, Jason Bundage, Curt
Rusnak, Joel Kitchens, Sam Sakowitz, R.P. Gay, Doug Feiske, Renee
Edd, Simon Landin, Bob Creecraft, Juan Estrada, Terrance Gouard,
Chrissy Hajovsky, Veronica Gomez, Jay Walker, Vincent Flores, Mia
Ruiz, Julie Fontenot, Richard McGee, Tyler Richards, Jon French,
Curtis McGee, Buddy Nixon, Anh Jorgensen, Jen Jorgensen, Jesse
Ferraro and Dan Drinkwater.
the movie: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/loop/id556751223