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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger, the song that plays as James Marsden and Katie Holmes escape the asylum, is also the theme tune to the British comedy series Peep Show. See more »
In the Yogurt Shoppe, Trent's hand goes from one of Steve's shoulders to the other and back again. See more »
[after Steve begs for the family to head back to Chicago, Dr. Caldicott steps inside the Clark house]
Dr. Edgar Caldicott:
Steven, you ARE home. Cradle Bay is where you belong, here with your family.
You signed me up for the program?
We want what's best for you.
WHAT ABOUT WHAT I WANT?
Dr. Edgar Caldicott:
Steven, do you think you're really happy...
Oh, shut the up! You sold me out.
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If the opening credits are watched frame by frame, 2-3 frame bursts are seen that are relevant to the story. These depict the process by which Dr Caldicott performs his operation, including a shot of a slow moving needle and an eye that has been clamped open. See more »
Contemporary horror flick with a standard premise. This flick is about a teen stumbling across an evil conspiracy that is turning the teenagers of a small town into well dressed, well groomed, intelligent students that resort to homicide when angry.
Katie Holmes is totally wasted in a supporting role. Excessive pre-release cutting damaged what could have been one of the best teen horror films of the 90's. This could have been a very emotional, haunting and even touching film with a disturbing ending. What is left now is a teen driven, cold, and chainsaw edited flick with a poor gimmicky ending. Still some signs of intelligent intentions shine through, the performances for the most part are unusually good, and the director does a fine job of building up a paranoid, crazed sense of atmosphere.
Rated R; Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Drug Use, Drinking, and Profanity all involving teenagers.
The original cut would merit a * * *1/2 rating.
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