In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick’s affections for his wife have all but vanished. Instead, his sexual urges are tempting him to lust after their own son. Realizing how far gone her husband is, Sarah undertakes drastic, shockingly sickening measures to salvage some sense of her life and purge her years of festering resentment.

Written and directed by Douglas Buck.

Starring Nica Ray, Gary Betsworth, Jared Barsky.

Filmed in the United States.

Part of Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003).

25 minutes and 39 seconds.

I was giving an account of Douglas Buck’s Cutting Moments in a text conversation with my wife. I told her that there were moments in this short horror film to which I would say, “No. Oh no. Oh No! Ohhhhhhhh Good Lord noooo!!” Cutting Moments is a disturbing film with a social commentary as sharp as a razor blade; you just have get past the moments of slow and agonizing gore to see it. There was no way it was not going to be a part of Short Film Saturday. It starts off slow; be patient and you will be ‘rewarded’. Enjoy.



  1. That was extreme!!! I am angered by the cold hearted man (if he is even one) and saddened by the beautiful woman who in deep depression blames herself. This guy created a “Dexter” in the boy from his abuse on the family. It is shocking to see her self mutilation was more noticeable than the beautiful for her husband. It was difficult to watch. I noticed she was the only one at the table to know the proper use of the fork. A sad disturbing film.

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