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Make a Wish (2002)

A woman, lost at night on a country road, is murdered. The next day, six women gather at a wilderness park for a camping weekend in honor of Susan's birthday: Chloe, Susan's first ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Moynan King Moynan King ... Susan
Hollace Starr Hollace Starr ... Dawn
Virginia Baeta Virginia Baeta ... Monica
Melenie Freedom Flynn Melenie Freedom Flynn ... Linda
Amanda Spain Amanda Spain ... Andrea
Lava Alapai Lava Alapai ... Chloe
Nora Stein Nora Stein ... Michelle
Eric Vichi Eric Vichi ... Steve
Neil Wilson Neil Wilson ... CK McFarland
Bob Peterson Bob Peterson ... Zeke
Susan Durham Susan Durham ... Ranger
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A woman, lost at night on a country road, is murdered. The next day, six women gather at a wilderness park for a camping weekend in honor of Susan's birthday: Chloe, Susan's first girlfriend; Dawn, her most recent one; Linda, Susan's former lover now back with Steve, who has followed Linda and spies from a distance; and, Monica who used to be with Susan but is now with Andrea, who's tagged along. They all know who cheated on whom in the Susan saga, plus they flirt or complain in turn. A fugitive may be on the loose in the park, with a private eye in pursuit. A crossbow, a blowtorch, a knife, and an animal trap figure in subsequent murders. Who's the killer, and who survives? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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San Saba, Texas, USA

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Open Circle Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Chloe: Oh. My. God. Is this hamburger meat?
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not exceptional, but fun queer horror flick
14 February 2005 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Susan invites all of her ex-lovers on her annual Birthday Camping trip. The six women are instantly at each other's throats. After they realize that Michelle never showed up, they start disappearing one by one. Everyone's a suspect, including the crazed bow-wielding redneck who keeps crashing the party and a jealous boyfriend of one of the women.

"Make a Wish" is directed by a lesbian and intended for a lesbian audience, and I think it might be one of the first horror films to fit this category. There are lots of humorous queer "inside jokes" and it is refreshing to see a cast of mostly queer lead characters in a horror flick. Unfortunately, many of the characters are one-dimensional clichés. We have the "aggressive vegan," the weird wiccan, the slut, and the "dyke-turned-straight-girl." While the movie is inherently progressive, and much more queer than most horror movies with lesbian characters, its portrayal of lesbians is very limited.

The movie is surprisingly well-made for having such a low-budget. It was shot on hand-held digital video, but whoever shot it has a great eye and a steady hand. The acting is mostly mediocre (save for the lead actress, who does a wicked job). While most of the kills aren't shown and there is little gore (according to the director, they only had a couple hundred bucks for make-up budget, which is impressive because there are some really inventive effects here!), the deaths are pretty nasty. It isn't a scary movie by any means, but I admit that I was surprised to find out who the killer was.

"Make a Wish," the first lesbian slasher, isn't a great movie. However, it is a good time and better than most recent Z-graders. I'm not sure many typical horror fans would like it, but I'll recommended it to folks who like both "The L Word" and "April Fools Day." My Rating: 5.5/10


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