I am a horror/slasher movie fanatic. So unless something genuinely original and/or scary comes along, I will just sit and enjoy the same story with different characters. In this genre, rarely is their success with a male lead. He has to be vulnerable to be believable. This movie is a thrill a minute. It is something new, refreshing and entertaining. The ending is a total surprise. Just when you think the credits will be up next, you get a surprise twist that no one would have fugured was coming. The cast is refreshing , with mostly unrecognizable faces.The idea of a practical joke gone awry in this genre is not new, but this version , was fresh, innovative and entertaining. I bought this movie sight-unseen. I have bought slasher movies sight-unseen in the past and was extremely disappointed. Cannot say that with this diamond in the ruff.
Julian Morris was excellent as the male lead. His face exuded that proverbial "lamb in the woods, deer in the headlights" cliche. Like Jamie Lee Curits in the first two "Halloweens", he also exemplified intelligence and determination. He was not the equivalent of the usual "dumb jock" or "bonde ditz", who falls and hurts her ankle, then limps along until the big knife stops her singing career. The fact that he is British added to the emphasis already placed on him as the lead.
You know that you really loved a movie when you hated for it to end and you continue the movie in your head. There are few movies I have felt that way about. This is one. Lindy Booth was excellent:not the sexiest, not the most beautiful, pretty enough to be believably devilish, yet innocent-looking enough to pull off what she did in the movie.
I own many slasher flicks. This is one of the best. The story is not completely new, but you will never know that because of all that is in this movie. The acting is top notch, with moslty unknown actors. One benefit of a movie like this is its believability--Could it happen in real life? This always helps such a movie. The extras on the dvd are entertaining and only make you feel that you got more than your money's worth. Believe me, after watching this movie, you will get more than your money's worth.
As slasher flicks go, this one was so good, that I did not even notice that it was not filled with gore and bringing outside the characters insideds, if you know what I mean. Too many movies in this genre make the mistake of thinking brains on the floor or intestine on the walls is a substitute for a storyline. It is not. Having not picked up on this point, until I read someone else's review, made me realize all the more how good this movie is. This was not just a slasher flick. It was a mystery wrapped around a slasher flick. You actuall had to think during the movie, as opposed to just sitting and enjoying a bunch of young white partyers, drug users, horny partying teens getting slashed, sliced and falayed. So, while this movie did make me think, it did not do so capriciously, to the point that the thinking overrode the entertaining.
I understand that this is the director's first major motion picture. In a genre that is hard to stand out, this director did.
So good it deserves a sequel.