If you remove the ‘L’ from the title, you get Cut. Which as reviewed earlier, ended up being a generic slasher film, following the typical routes. This movie, despite being about an ancient Asian legend rather than a slasher come to life, can easily swap the plot around. One may think a plot would hinge on the theme, but hardly when every movie since nearly every movie in the past 15 years follows the same flow. Now we’re spared a car ride cliche, but it’s replaced with the school project cliche.
The school project cliche revolves around the ridiculous basis for students receiving college credit for doing some scooby-doo style investigation about a myth or legend. Often this is for a class of about seven students even though they don’t attend a small university where that would make sense. Somehow these students comprise the cream of the crop but still cross all boundaries and include slackers and jocks/cheerleaders. There’s always one student who takes it all seriously and is dead set on getting either extra credit, or the class is collectively assigned to a case that requires sleeping over in a haunted house. I have no idea how this passes the accreditation board, but perhaps the school just finished certification and can lower their standards again.