Cherry Falls is a post-Scream slasher with a somewhat clever twist; This time the killer is going after virgins. You read that right! In a twisto-el-bizarro the sluts are this time as save as can be. Luckily for our virginal teens a cherry isn’t that hard to pop! So let’s pop in this movie and see what Cherry Falls brings us!
Well nothing original actually apart from the 180-degrees-turn on the the prey. Cherry Falls is just another slasher which will fit quite nicely on the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer staple. Cherry Falls is a slasherfilm with a whodunnit-script. It would have been nice if it wasn’t so clear as to whom the killer really was. The first second I laid my eyes on the slasher in his daily environment I pointed him out. So no points for that!
Apart from that the script is average and does it’s work, although there weren’t that many kills and those kills were nothing to write home about. Your basic knifeslicing and not much else. To worsen things up the MPAA wanted the movie to be sliced as well leaving us with practically only offscreen kills and no nudity. That’s a bummer, a movie which features entire school of teens going to a sexparty where they all lose their virginity is just screaming for tons of teen titties. We get one in total and it’s not even pretty. Call me sexist but I expect titties in a slasher. It’s one of those genre-rules. Then again, they also spared all the sluts so that might explain the no-titties-problem. But what so slutty about sluts as they don’t show flesh… questions, questions… where are the answers?
Enough with the titties. Being post-Scream there’s a dash of humour in the movie. It is sparesome used but when used it works. Loved that training the uber-slut gave! The acting is also above average and a special mention goes to Brittany Murphy who elevates her character and makes her totally believable. She rocked! Michael Biehn does a good job a again as a man of authority. The killer is a bit of a letdown as “it” never gets menacing to the level of other genre-favourites like Jason, Freddy, Michael etc. Then again, Ghost Face from Scream wasn’t that menacing also…
One thing a would like to mention is the strange sexual vibe hanging through the entire movie, incestuous in some scenes even. That and the fact that the movie looks like it was shot in a small town in the north of America reminded me of Twin Peaks. This movie isn’t as slick as the earlier mentioned Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. That doesn’t really matter, especially when you compare it with what was released in the 80’s.
This is a fun movie and an good way to spend 85 minutes of your life. You won’t get them back, but you won’t feel cheated!