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Rough Cut

4.53  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Horror legend Harry Tuttle is desperate for a hit. Harry’s career has been on a painful slide ever since he directed a couple of box office winners in the 1980s. Enter Marcus Stegman, a young unknown with a horror picture of his own. It’s not only a brilliant debut — it’s the movie Harry always dreamed of making. A rivalry ensues — and it’s about to become bloody. A ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published 2011 by Bad Moon Books
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Jon Recluse
Jan 02, 2015 Jon Recluse rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A B movie director, watching his career and credibility go down the tubes doing quickie direct to DVD horror movies, makes a deal with a fan for the credits on an indie film that sends him spiralling into a nightmare.
Pinkerton shows his love for cheapie horror films, cliches and all, while giving the reader something to think about concerning indie film and realism on a budget and going gleefully over the edge in the bargain.

A fast, fun read with crossover appeal for horror fans.

3.5 stars
Nick Kelly
Jul 25, 2013 Nick Kelly rated it it was amazing
Harry Tuttle’s name in Hollywood is synonymous with low-budget, direct-to-video horror releases. (If he was real, I would be the guy reviewing his flicks.) Despite starting his career with a bang, Harry has gone on to release over a dozen el cheapo horror stories with names like “Schizo Sisters”, “Swamp Monster”, “Hillbilly Cannibals”, and “I’ll Skin You Alive.” Each film has been panned by critics and even the production company spokesman privately bashes the work.
As a result, Harry has found h
Hal Bodner
Apr 28, 2012 Hal Bodner rated it it was amazing
Pinkerton's "Rough Cut" was easily one of the half dozen best novels I read last year. The premise is as clever as it is absurdly simple. A has-been film director stumbles across an amazing new film, contacts the movie's unknown director, makes a deal to take credit for the film himself, revitalizes his career, and ends up suffering terrible consequences due to his fraud.

One could talk about the novel's strongly drawn characters or the crispness of the plot,or the author's clear familiarity with
Nick Cato
Oct 14, 2011 Nick Cato rated it it was amazing
Harry Tuttle directed a few popular horror films in the 80s. Since then he has been churning out bad, low budget features, many which go direct to DVD or cable TV, barely keeping a cult following. When his ex-wife marries a hot-shot Hollywood director and begins to get famous, he becomes inspired to get back on track. The problem is, Harry finally comes to the realization that he just doesn't have it anymore. He has become a hack.

One day he screens a new film given to him by a young wanna-be dir
Paul Penney
Apr 21, 2014 Paul Penney rated it did not like it
I generally enjoy Pinkerton's books, but if you are thinking of trying his books, choose one of his others. I expected action or murder or kidnapping or something exciting, but I read over 100 pages and NOTHING happened. Some guys made movies, went to parties, made some deals and other such trivial boredom, but nobody had been kidnapped, murdered, or even involved in a fight. There was no conflict, no suspense, and no real plot, so I deleted it and moved on to my next read. I hope this is the ...more
Scott James
Apr 29, 2012 Scott James rated it it was amazing
After hearing the Author read from this book, I immediately when and bought a copy to read on my plane flight home. far and away it was the best money I spent that weekend, and it is a book I will loan, promote, and share out to many others before my copy finally expires.

Then I'll buy another one.

Brian Pinkerton has successfully updated the noir thriller to the 21st century, and I look forward to reading many more such offerings from him in the future.

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A total thrill from start to finish. Loved this one and the insider view of Hollywood.
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Brian Pinkerton is the author of Abducted, Vengeance, Rough Cut, Killer’s Diary, How I Started the Apocalypse, Bender, Anatomy of Evil and Killing the Boss. Select titles have also been released as audio books, ebooks and in foreign languages.

Brian’s short stories have appeared in anthologies including Chicago Blues, PULP! and Zombie Zoology. His screenplays have finished in the top 100 of Project
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