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Maybe I should start by saying I'm not the biggest slasher fan around
here. Sure I can appreciate the classics like Halloween and the
original Friday the 13th but they were never top of my list. And the
post-Scream era has blown it all. Since this movie, everybody thinks
they can make a horror film. The only thing they need is a few good
looking girls who can yell very loud and a stupid outfit to give to the
killer. This is kinda also the big idea behind CHERRY FALLS but,
compared to most others, there are several good aspects and twists in
this one. The story for starters... The killer's targets are
exclusively virgins. This of course give a lot of opportunities to
insert all sorts of humor. (shy girls, computer geeks who never get
laid, slutty girls) It's all pretty predictable but it works. For
example, I laughed pretty loud when some character said about another :
" She thinks Fellatio is a characters in a Shakespeare play" As most
films in the genre, the film tries to be as violent as possible, I was
one of the lucky ones who saw the uncut version. If you're planning to
see it, try to get your hands on this version.
The story develops pretty well. The killer's background gets revealed bit by bit and it's scary enough to keep you interested. A few good twists too, I may say. Cherry Falls stars a few very decent actors. Michael Biehn ( always one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, IMO ) is very convincing as the sheriff who discovers the truth behind the gore murders. His teenage ( virgin, of course ) daughter is played by Brittany Murphy. She gained fame and fortune lately by starring in that stupid Eminem film and a few others. She wasn't that famous yet when she did Cherry Falls, so I could enjoy her part. Her boyfriend ( named Kenny ) looks a lot like a young James Spader. So if they wanna do a remake of Secretary withing 15 years, they know who to cast... I also recognized a dumb looking DJ Qualls ( Road Trip, The New Guy, The Core) I think this guy is doomed to play the nerd for the rest of his life. Oh well... In general: Of the thousand stupid slashers who got released over the past 8 years, this certainly is one of the best. You'll forget about it pretty soon, but it'll sure give you 90 minutes of fun and violence.
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I watched this film last night, and was shocked to see it's rating on
It's severely overestimated on this site.
Basically this film is about a murderer in a small town who starts knocking off, oops, bad choice of words, killing virgins.
The acting is, across the board, appalling. Michael Biehn seems merely to be going through the motions, and his eyes never change from the glazed expression he sported in 'The Terminator'. One actor, Keram Malicki-Sánchez has a spark of originality, but even his efforts are wasted in a film this bad.
The plot is a bundle of cliches, an empty high school, a mouldy, old, disused house. It even steals (note: steals, doesn't pays homage to, doesn't reference, steals) unashamedly from such classics as 'Psycho', as the killer dresses up as his dead/missing mother. It could be perhaps forgiven if it was referencing in a 'Scream' sort of way, but there are no knowing winks or nods to an intelligent audience.
Another problem; the editing. The editing and visual effects are not at all good, like the rest of this film. For example:at one point our heroine and ex-boyfriend are running away from the killer through some woods. He falls flat, the camera cuts to a different angle, and he is suddenly almost on his feet!! Terrible editing. Some camera effects seem to be thrown in just for good measure; when the deputy hears that her Sherrif has been killed, the camera goes into jerky slow-mo for about three seconds!! Whats the point!! It has no effect when used in this way!! Grr.
Throw in a some truly fake and OTT screams, some massive character inconsistencies, some random bits I still don't get (when the principal is killed, he has 'VIRGIN NOT' scrawled on his forehead with a knife. Someone shoot the script writer), and you have a movie that is worse than the sum of it's already terrible parts.
NEVER watch this film, unless you have already had a lobotomy.
1/10 (no reason for the 1/10, but imdb won't let you vote 0/10)
No pun with the summary line btw. considering the "plot twist", which
is a bit sexual. But it's a one trick pony as some would say. If that
applies of course. I'd say, that the movie has a really good strong
idea to back it up, but never really makes anything out of it. It
almost seems to pull it's punches and goes for the weak and cliché
(who'd have thought?) thrills and kills.
And as mentioned with my summary line, it is predictable to anyone who has ever seen a slasher movie. Trying to make fun of some clichés does unfortunately not work. Not to mention that you know quite a few things (even during the beginning credits), you know ... you just know. But as with other slasher movies, you enjoy the blood and some of the jokes (that I just couldn't, because I thought they were lame).
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Brittany Murphy as the good girl, Michael Biehn as her tough sheriff
father, Candy Clark as her overbearing mother, Gabriel Mann as the
sensitive boyfriend, Jay Mohr as the villain, Kristen Miller as the
experienced girl, and Michael Weston as the comic relief. All played
with care, backed by a script that was written by a guy who has seen
his fair share of teen slasher movies. The number of good dialogue
exchanges laced with black humor should satisfy those who scream
instructions during most horror movies. The killer may be easily
picked, but Jay Mohr plays him well and the movie is still enjoyable on
repeat viewings as finding the identity of the killer is not the
movie's main attraction. If you have taste for a movie which is both
subtle and spectacle oriented at times, you will like this movie.
*Ben: "She thinks fellatio is a character from Shakespeare, she wouldn't know a d**k if it's name was Woody."*
**Horny Hooligans: "Hail! Hail! Virgin High! Drop your pants and f*ck or die!"**
***Timmy: Holy Hymens, Batman! They're killing virgins!"***
I saw this one in LA at a preview screening and really enjoyed it. Pretty darn kinky with lots of sexual humor (some of it extremely tasteless) and some good scary and/or weirdo scenes referencing so many movies that I couldn't keep up. Lots of fresh faces in the high school cast, no plastic Kens or Barbies here. As for the leads, there's a very (very) odd performance from Michael Biehn and a sprinkling of amusingly dark and kooky craziness from Candy Clark, Jay Mohr, and Brittany Murphy. Might be a cult critter at heart, but it certainly has an unforgettable final fifteen minutes. Hasty and breathless in execution - which really only adds to the overall loony pace and energy. I hear the uncut version is utterly ferocious and I'd like to hear from anyone who can get the infamous five minute 'Annette' death scene that was removed from the film I saw.
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This piece of meretricious trash is hardly worth reviewing but having
sat through half of it, the voices that have just taken over my mind
compel me to say a few words so here goes.
A mysterious slasher in a small town is killing all the virgin high school students -- boys and girls alike, but mostly girls -- by dismembering them with a knife that manages to make metal-on-metal sounds even when it's being waved around threateningly in empty air. I'd like to know more about that knife.
Word gets around the school and the girl decide to remove themselves from the endangered species list by throwing a group orgy in which they all get deflowered by guys with spiked hair and a taste for hash. I never realized that any modern high school had so many virgins. They come in droves.
The, umm, heroine, the not-beautiful but still cherubic Brittany Murphy is chased through the darkened hallways and classrooms of an unnecessarily unlighted school in which a big meeting of the PTA is being held in the gymnasium. The mad slasher captures her, flings her to the floor, and flips up her skirt (not too high) to begin carving the word "virgin" on her thigh, but he or she is interrupted by the timely arrival of the police.
Why is this girl named Brittany? I mean, that's evidently the real name of the actress, or at least her nom de theatre. Nobody became a Brittany until about five years ago. The other names aren't much of an improvement: Amanda Anka, Bre Blair, Beatrice Bush, Terry Ballance, Mark Joy, Margaret Moister. What the hell is this, Andy Warhol's Factory? Brittany Murphy, eschewing the group grope, decides to seduce her fave squeeze in his bedroom. She strips off her top and sits on top of him, kissing him and whispering "harder." He comes up with something like, "I wanted it to be different." She spurns him, dresses, and leaves the room with an insult hanging in the air.
Make no mistake. (I love that phrase.) Make no mistake. This is played out in all seriousness. Oh -- a few wisecracks and sex scenes but the chief theme here, the leaking substance that links the episodes, is blood. There are gallons of it. Scenes of torture too, for aficionados.
It isn't that I object to movies about high school students. Some of them are cute ("Clueless") and others are occasionally perceptive ("Pretty Persuasion"). But this is nothing more than prime schlock. There is a scene in which Murphy and her high school English teacher quote T. S. Eliot together. Sure.
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Cherry Falls is an American town somewhere in Virginia & starts with a
teenage couple Rod Harper (Jesse Bradford as Jesse Watrouse) & Stacy
Twelfmann (Bre Blair) being brutally murdered while parked in some
woods. Cherry Falls Sheriff Brent Marken (Micheal Biehn) & his Deputy,
Mina (Amanda Anka) are on the case. Meanwhile his frigid daughter Jody
(Brittany Murphy) knew the two deceased teenagers & along with the rest
of the school is in mourning for them. However it's not too long before
the mysterious killer strikes again, this time killing a teenage girl
named Annette Duwald (Clementine Ford). The Sheriff want's answers, the
only thing the Coroner (Micheal Harding as Anthony Micheal Harding) has
to tell him is that the victims were virgins & that's the killers
signature. The Sheriff calls a meeting at the school to warn the town's
parents, Jody & the school reporter Timmy (Keram Malicki-Sanchez)
overhear the meeting & that the killer is targeting virgins. Timmy goes
off on his own & is murdered & Jodi is attacked by the killer but
manages to escape with her life. Jody is now the only witness & since
she is a virgin herself understandably starts to worry, she decides to
do some digging & investigate the killings herself. The only thing she
has to go on is a name, Loralee Sherman. Back at school all the pupils
have decided the best way to stay safe is to have sex & as a result are
planning a 'pop your cherry' party or orgy, whichever way you want to
look at it. As Jody continues to investigate some of Cherry Falls dark
secrets start to come out of the closet which gains her some unwanted
Directed by Goeffrey Wright I really wasn't all that impressed with Cherry Falls. The script by Ken Selden is very much in the Scream (1996) tradition just without the self parody & in-jokes. In fact Cherry Falls seems to take itself very seriously which is a mistake. The biggest problem I had with Cherry Falls is that it's just so easy to guess the killers identity, for starters Cherry Falls tries to convince the viewer that a woman is behind it by showing the killer with long hair & feminine clothes but goes to great lengths to conceal their face. Well, as soon as I saw that the film deliberately wanted us to believe it was a woman I instinctively knew that it had to be a man in drag, it just had to be so Selden could chuck in a 'twist' at the end. So once I knew it was a male character I placed my bets on who I thought it was & bingo I was right! I'm usually awful at predicting the killer in these sorts of things so for me to guess correctly within the first 20 minutes means this isn't exactly brain-busting stuff! Selden's attempts at red herrings are pretty poor & didn't work on me at all. The sight of the male killer running around in drag at the end had me shaking my head in disbelief, it came across as just plain silly & undoes any sort of tension or atmosphere director Wright might have built up which wasn't exactly a lot, hardly the sort of outfit a hard as nails psycho killer would be seen in, is it? Cherry Falls also features far too many annoying teenage stereotypes, I found it dull as I just waited for the 'twist' ending that I just knew was coming & the murders are both few & far between & lack any sort of gore. There are a couple of fairly tame stabbings at the beginning, someone has their head bashed against a door, a guy has his throat cut off screen & we just get a shot of his dead body with some blood on his throat, a quick axe in a head & there is an impalement that's off screen as well. In fact very little gore or violence is shown, yes I know it was because of censor interference but what I'm watching on screen now is more important than what I could have been watching, basically there's no point in crying over spilt milk, this version of Cherry Falls is the one we've ended up with & that's that. The orgy scene at the end is also about as tame as you can imagine. The acting is OK but I didn't really like any of the characters. One more thing I want to mention, Gabriel Mann the guy who played Jody's ex gets to suck Brittany Murphy's toes in quite a cool scene, lucky SOB! Technically Cherry Falls is excellent & very polished as you would expect from a fairly big budget film. Overall I thought Cherry Falls was an OK time waster at best as it's well made & there's nothing particularly wrong with it I suppose but there's nothing new here at all either & the obviousness of the killers identity really hurts Cherry Falls as it was just far too easy for me to guess the killer & if I can do it anyone can! There is no gore so the horror & scare elements are severely lacking as the murder scenes are all very choppy & awkward looking. Worth a one time watch on TV or a cheap rental but Cherry Falls certainly isn't a keeper as far as I'm concerned, disappointing. Stick with Scream & it's sequels.
"Cherry Falls" tries to mix slasher flick with teen sex comedy and it fails miserably.The town of Cherry Falls has a psycho killer,who is knocking off the town's teenagers.He chooses his victims among the town's virgin population.I have to admit that such premise is certainly interesting.However the script is bland and predictable,the acting is weak and there is no suspense.The are some violent set-pieces,unfortunately almost all of the gore wound up on the cutting room floor.It's perfectly clear that "Cherry Falls" owes a lot to Italian giallos,but there is no convincing mystery here.The pace of the film is slow with a lot of boring stretches where nothing happens.The lack of gore is also very disappointing.So if you like teen slasher movies you can give it a look.I prefer slasher films from late 70's or early 80's which are better than most of the crap being churned out today.3 out of 10.
Cherry falls is set in a town where it seems as if no one is innocent.It is
about a killer who is going around killing off virgins.The cliche is that
the virgin would always live but in this particular movie it is the other
way round but it works.
There is a twist among the film (and that is not just finding out who the killer is) you find out the motive what drove the killer to do it and it has something to do more with the local sheriff (I hope I aint giving much away).
The ending has a disturbing and suspenseful effect and you might find it hilarious,but it had me in a jolt.I thought it was predictable who the killer was but the twist and the motive didn't take much to figure out.If you think you know who the killer is,all I can say is look closer.I rate 4/5.
I`m not much of a fan of horror movies but I looked forward to seeing CHERRY
FALLS simply because the director Geoffry Wright is the man who brought us
ROMPER STOMPER , a movie that brings a whole new meaning to violent realism. Alas CHERRY FALLS is a major disappointment . I don`t know what it is
about gifted non American directors but as soon as they land at LA airport
they seem to leave their talent behind at the arrival lounge , Wolfgang
Petersen being the best example . I`m not sure if the director is having an
off day or if the cast are , but Wright is unable to get anything more than
mediocre performances from the cast . Check the scene where the sheriff
walks into class after the first two murders have been commited , it`s
difficult to believe the usually competent Michael Biehn has ever had an
acting lesson in his life as he delivers his lines with the passion of a
speak your weight machine . As the rest of the direction in the movie it`s
very flat .
The script by Ken Selden is both dumb and unoriginal . A lot of people on this site have compared it to SCREAM but I doubt if the two are comparable . CHERRY FALLS lacks the post modernist humour , wit and originality of SCREAM and I`m not even sure if it`s meant to be a darkly comic movie . The script shows signs of underdevelopment and contains several major plot holes . For example after the first murders the pathologist examines the bodies and realises the female is a virgin but it`s never explained why the authorities conclude the murders were carried out because the victims were virgins . Perhaps the biggest plot hole is this : How on earth would the killer know his victims were virgins ? Go back to your own teenage years and you`ll realise there`s nothing more unrealiable than school gossip especially if it involves the sexual habits of school mates .
Never listen to gossip and don`t watch CHERRY FALLS unless you`re addicted to teenagers getting stalked and killed by a knife wielding looney
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