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MUTE WITNESS 1994
Directed by Anthony Waller
Cast - Marina Sudina, Fay Ripley, Evan Richards, Oleg Yankovsky, Alec Guiness
Here's a real sleeper for horror fans. An american director is making a slasher film in Russia. He's accompanied by his girlfriend and her sister Billy (Russian actress Marina Sudina). Billy is the film's special effects technician, she's also mute. One evening, after the film crew leaves, Billy gets accidentally locked in the studio. She stumbles upon two guys making a snuff film and barely escapes with her own life. Unfortunately, the police don't believe her story. This is just the beginning of her problems.
Without giving too much away, I can honestly say that MUTE WITNESS is one of the best murder mysteries made in recent years. The film is well paced and suspenseful. Sudina gives a superb performance as Billy, a character that's very likable and intelligent. There are several twists in the plot that will leave you guessing until the film's end. If you're looking for cheap thrills, there's plenty of violent bloody killings and a few bits of nudity. Don't be fooled by the video box cover or by the fact it's in your local video store's DRAMA section. This is a great film.