Saturday, October 31, 2009

Same Old, Same Old


Directed by:
Wes Craven
(Sidney Prescott)Neve Campbell
(Deputy Dewey Riley)David Arquette
(Gale Weathers)Courteney Cox
(Billy Loomis)Skeet Ulrich

Tag Lines:
"Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape."
"Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far. Solving this mystery is going to be murder."
"Someone's Taken Their Love Of Scary Movies One Step Too Far!"
"Make Your Last Breath Count."
"Now someone is victim and someone is a suspect"
"From The First Name In Suspense Comes The Last Word In Fear"
"Don't Answer The Door, Don't Leave The House, Don't Answer The Phone, But Most Of All, Don't SCREAM."
"Now everybody is a victim and everybody is a suspect!"

Its the night after Halloween and all I have to say is Bah Humbug. Not sure if that term relates but who cares, this pisses me off. While I love Wes Craven, just like most horror fans; I mean, the man has given us so many great films! The Hills Have Eyes, People Under The Stairs, Nightmare On Elm St. and Last House On The Left. I mean, I freaking love the shit out of the Hills Have Eyes, I really do, I think its an amazing film, but then you get the occasional Shocker in the midst of the great films. I really, really dislike this film. I can see what exactly hes trying to do, but he could have done it much better. He's pretty much saying to us "Hey, I know/like horror movies, but let me prove how much I know/like them!" The movie is trying to play off the stereotypes of slasher films, and make fun of them; but in the end just ends up being the biggest one in the end. Now the killer, Ghostface; and not the guy from the Wu Tang Clan.

The design is that of like a Ghost, or the Grim Reaper, and the mask is from the classic painting Edvard Munch's The Scream. The costume is now more commonly known as that costume you see on some kid every damn year during Halloween. The costume is pretty generic, which is why I don't like it too much, but it works for what it is. The killer usually calls his victims and, as you see in the beginning of this film. This is where I started to get annoyed by the movie. In the beginning of the film, Ghostface is terrorizing teenager Casey Becker, played by Drew Barrymore. He pulls a Black Christmas and calls her and as the conversation goes on, the more sinister it gets until finally hes threatening her and has her boyfriend hostage. He determines if they live by some horror movie trivia. Why horror trivia, Is it needed? Well the questions are the basics about horror movies, and he stumps her with the Friday The 13th question. The movie is pretty much a horror fan gone insane. Now lets get to the plot, the movie follows Sydney Prescott, a girl who's mother was raped and murdered. She is the main target of Ghostface who attacks her one night when her father is away on Business. She believes her boyfriend Billy Loomis did it, and he is taken to jail. The next night she stays with her friend Tatum, played by Rose McGowan who was Cherry Darling in Planet Terror; and her brother police officer Dwight "Dewey" Riley. That night she gets another call from the killer, which cant be Billy who's in jail. Sydney also has to deal with Gale Weathers, a news reporter who is reporting on her attack, and has written a book on her mom's murder/rape. apparently her mother was killer by a guy named Cotton Weary. Because of the deaths school is canceled, and the Principal played by Henry Wrinkler is killed. Meanwhile Tatum's boyfriend Stu Macher throws a party with Sydney, Billy, Randy and more people. Randy is the film buff of the group and probably one of the most annoying characters because of the fact hes a film buff. The scene where hes talking about Halloween is just annoying. Billy and Sydney have sex and reconcile. The body count starts to grow as Tatum is murdered by Ghostface in the garage getting beer. Gale, with help from Dewey who has a crush on her looking goes to the party and hides a camera in the house to see if they get any scoops and spy on Sydney and the rest.

The people at the party get word of the death of the principal, and most of them go off to the school. The killer then kills a cameraman and hurting the rest of the gang. Sydney confused on who the killer is locks Stu and Randy out of the house. Billy falls down from the stairs, and Randy is let in claiming Stu is insane, and is shot by Billy. Its then reveled that that Billy and Stu are both the killer and they have been using a voice machine to make them sound like one person. They also reveal that they killed Sydney's mom and framed Cotton for it. Their plan is to kill Sydney and frame her father for it. Why they killed her mom in the first place I cant remember, but who needs an explanation. They then start to injure each other to make it look like they were attacked, and like a dumb ass, Billy cuts Stu too deeply and mortally wounds him. Gale comes to the rescue and Sydney sneaks away and comes back dressed as ghost face and kills Stu. Billy is injured and is shot by Gale. Billy springs to life once more and is shot again in the head.
Now, the movie has a list of rules that you have to follow to survive a horror film. Those rules are mainly said by Randy in his movie related babblings and those are
1.)You can never have sex.
2.)You can never drink or do drugs
3.)Never, ever, EVER, under any circumstances say "I'll be right back", 'cause you won't be back.
Some more used in the trailer, which were
Don't answer the phone
Don't open the door
Don't try to hide
Don't scream
These rules play on the cliches of horror movies. The movies main problem is theres nothing original about the film. It makes so many references, and homages to older horror films, but doesn't do anything original. There isn't any memorable kills, the characters are very unlikable and the movie just pisses me off. I will give it to Craven, the Red Herrings are solid and the twist is pretty good. If I want to see a modern slasher film that has homages to early horror films and has a strange twist at the end I will watch the next film I'm gonna review. But, if your a Wes Craven fan, I would give this a rent, its not worth buying though. I'm also pretty certain I'm not gonna watch any of the sequels ever. For a slasher film it doesn't work well, and for a Craven film its not his worst, but not his best.

Overall: Gore:3/5 Good blood, no memorable kills.
Villains:3/5 The idea of two killers is a good one, but the villain is very unoriginal and dull.
Nudity:0/5 I don't think there is any nudity, at lest I don't remember any, which I'm gonna be honest, would have probably helped the film.
Best Scene: Where Billy hits Stu with the phone

3 out of 5
" Ow! You fuckin' hit me with the phone, dick! "

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