After recruiting a dozen fellow students to produce his film, mishap after mishap occurs, exacerbated by the fact that Dennis, as the movie's title suggests, is a talentless hack. The end product of Asphyxiation is so bad it's painful to watch, and as a film critic who receives countless indie film submissions to review from hopeful filmmakers, it is all too familiar and real.
If Hack had been made with more sophistication (read: Movies shot on videotape look like crap no matter what, people!), its biting humor might have come across a little more assuredly. As it stands, the movie is a solid and dryly funny look at that beast we all know as The Student Film, a little something that will earn Will Link his calling card in Hollywood... along with a stiff door-slam in the face.
Hacks at play.
Run time: 60 mins
In Theaters: Friday 27th September 2002
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 7.2 / 10
Director: Will Link
Producer: Will Link
Starring: Jay Kenneth Johnson as Johnny, Danica McKellar as Emily Longley, Juliet Landau as Mary Shelley King, Tony Burton as Sheriff Stoker, Justin Chon as Ricky, Adrienne Frantz as Maddy Roth, Won-G as 'Q', Burt Young as J.T. Bates, William Forsythe as Willy, Kane Hodder as Mr. Carpenter - First victim, Travis Schuldt as Tim, Mike Wittlin as Mr. Argento, Gabrielle Richens as Sylvia, Richard Comeau as Vincent's Father, Tammy Felice as Maddy's Tough Girlfriend, Jenna Morasca as Samantha, Tim's girlfriend, Suzie Pollard as Hot Coed, Noah Guy as Tatooed Leg Pumper, Teague Cowley as Dismembered Hunter, Sean Kanan as Vincent King