Sigh...... what to say about this? I asked Carey to bring home a fantasy, and this is what he chose. He called me to let me know what he got, so I looked it up on IMDB real quick, and it actually looked pretty interesting. I was a little disappointed he didn't get the type of movie I was wanting, but consoled myself with the hope that this would still turn out pretty good.
It looks awesome, huh? Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way. Once again Renny Harlin got his hands on a good basis for a movie and totally screwed it up. This whole thing was disjointed and there were several areas that were left totally unexplained. It was as if someone let a little kid loose in the editing room and all parts pulling it all together as a cohesive whole were slashed out of existence. In fact, the review at Rotten Tomatoes gave it a whopping 60 rotten tomatoes out of 62 reviews. One review summed it up quite well: it's really nothing more than really bad dialogue spoken by some of the most beautiful kids in Hollywood who can't act their way out of a paper bag.
This was given a PG 13 and I totally disagree with that. There is no way I would let any of my kids watch this, even if they were over 13. The language, nudity, innuendos, etc. are not that great. I have nothing against nudity, and what was seen wasn't that bad. But I was surprised to learn that these kids were high school kids! None of these children's behavior (specifically body language) was appropriate for high school kids! This would have been much better if the characters had been written as older, and in college. I am so tired of the film industry lowering their standards more and more every year. How long will it be until it's standard to see sex in a children's video? I'm already disappointed that I can't even trust Disney to keep their movies clean any more. Bad language is all well in good in it's place. If it will add to the plot line, go for it. But, as is so often the case anymore, it does not add anything to the plot and in many cases has actually ruined the movie. The first that comes to mind is Dogma. A cute movie that was totally ruined by Jason Mewe's filthy mouth. Ok, I can feel myself getting on the soap box here, so back on topic.
Basically, if you want a trashy low budget horror film that has crappy dialogue but good special affects, and is a total waste of your time and money, this is it.