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Cherry Falls
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"An average movie which proves surprisingly good fun at times"
3 stars

You have to give Geoffrey Wright credit. In a time when teen horror flicks are ordinary despite all the false pretense in interviews by the cast & crew to the contrary, Wright is proud to stand up and say he wanted to make a horror/comedy trash flick and he's succeeded.

Make no mistake, if you like your scary movies to be scary you will LOATHE this movie, it has much more in common with corny Anaconda humour than it does with other recent teen vaguely suspensful flicks like "Scream".

"Cherry Falls" certainly won't go down as one of the more distinctive efforts in the genre, its too derivative for that, nevertheless its an average movie which proves surprisingly good fun at times. The acting is corny, the concept ripe for making fun of, yet it wallows in its own ridiculousness which is why its mildly entertaining. The murders themselves are dark and gory, committed by a long black-haired chick (whose face you never see) in stockings and a mini-skirt. The story surrounding the killer is actually decently layed out and despite the standard 'killer tells all' confession crap at the end, the motives are vaguely believable (though why choose virgins as targets isn't well explained at all).

Then there's the sex - while there's no nudity sadly, there's lots of talk about it - I can't count how many times the word hymen is used in this. Its also funny to see how obsessed American teens are with losing their virginity, the film makes it seem like such a huge rite of passage for guys aged over 15 who haven't "popped their cherry" yet. One thing about these students, if you can call them that, almost all have fully developed breasts or buff six-packs - don't they ever use teenagers to actually play teenagers any more instead of the mid-20's actors they use now?.

There's a great scene where the popular school slut addresses the other girls that's darn funny, whilst there's also a good chase scene through empty school halls and labs when the killer first goes after our heroinne. Sadly the movie fizzes toward the end when it takes itself seriously, but for the most part it's pure trash all the way...fun trash at times too.

Not a film for horror buffs, rather those who can appreciate the cheesy humour of stuff like "Jerry Springer", "Anaconda" and "Wild Things". - Garth Franklin. Score: 6 / 10

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originally posted: 12/12/00 01:24:23
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User Comments

11/05/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Could have been worse, it could also have been better 3 stars
12/13/08 mr.mike Fair to middlin' 3 stars
11/06/05 vandrende Ýrn fun and interesting in a weird way:p 4 stars
8/03/05 ^podo good entertaining but nothing more... 3 stars
2/24/05 mark louis baumgart This is good, clever and funny only if you are absolutely positively retarded. 1 stars
10/23/04 Richard Zywotkiewicz Those calling this "total crap" wouldn't know a good horror movie if it bit them on the ... 5 stars
6/14/04 Dan King This movie is TERRIBLE. My respect level for Jay Mohr has dropped drastically. 1 stars
4/16/04 Michael Greenwaldt A pretty good slasher flick! It's no SCREAM, or even close, but most aren't! 4 stars
5/12/03 Jack Sommersby The talented Biehn is wasted in this obvious, too-tame thriller. 2 stars
5/11/03 Charles Tatum Rent "Halloween" instead 1 stars
9/09/02 Ben Wasden A smart and interesting slasher thriller along the lines of Scream. 5 stars
1/15/02 Oliver Williams A poorly balanced mix of other and better horror movies. A load of bollox 2 stars
12/12/01 ben wasden Sharp and entertaining. 5 stars
11/23/01 Tarlan A film that tries to combine humor and horror . Michael Biehn was excellent. 4 stars
11/03/01 Nicole Gabriel Mann is HOT!!!! I really loved this movie, it was just so different, never boring! 4 stars
11/01/01 Tori I Think it was an awesome movie!! 5 stars
11/01/01 Giant Robo Better than a lot of silver-screen horror films.. 5 stars
10/05/01 Amy A horror movie in it's infancy, needs work, lots of work 2 stars
8/29/01 Carlos Schvartzman Funny, witty, well-acted 4 stars
6/04/01 Roy Smith Brittany Murphy is gorgeous but the movie is a total loss. 2 stars
5/24/01 O'Rourke Brittany's a good actress, & there's good atmosphere & a distinct tone, but it's too tame 4 stars
2/15/01 Carrie Gay Too Short, but very suspenseful... 4 stars
2/02/01 Corky Should have been either funnier or scarier. Tepid stuff, despite attempts at satire. 3 stars
12/09/00 Sarah Come on, it's cheesy. But when is a horror movie not?The setting couldn't be greater though 5 stars
11/26/00 dfdfdfdf dfdfdf 5 stars
11/10/00 Peter Jones I love this film, plenty of sexy men to get my pulse going. Ne 1 want to butt fuck me . 5 stars
10/21/00 Dan Brittany Murphy is a great comedy star. But this is no comedy, more a pile of shit. 2 stars
10/13/00 Matthew Bartley Horrible sleazy, tacky crap 2 stars
9/07/00 Richard Wright A dreadful slasher flick which plays like it was made in 1985 before Scream. Miss it. 1 stars
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  20-Oct-2000 (R)
  DVD: 20-Mar-2001


  21-Feb-2001 (MA)

Directed by
  Geoffrey Wright

Written by
  Ken Selden

  Michael Biehn
  Jay Mohr
  Brittany Murphy
  Candy Clark
  Amanda Anka
  DJ Qualls

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