65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
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Playwright-turned-showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is my absolute favorite purveyor of artful trash TV at the moment, so I was excited to see his meta-riff on this classic Seventies slasher. There's definitely a touch of the unfettered teen sex and death he would later bring to the CW's "Riverdale," but with Ryan Murphy producing this more often resembles a weaker episode of "American Horror Story."
It's amazing how paradoxical filmmaking can be - conceptually this is a savvy slasher, but in method it's a complete mess. The age old problem of being able to recognise good art, but not being able to produce it. The cinematography is the only thing stopping this from being 1 star.
The story isn't half bad and the premise with its metafilm sensibilities is quite cool. Considering this it's a shame that the movie is not very good. Sure it kept my interest during its brief running time but there are too many missteps on basically every level on display. The lead actress however was pretty good. What should have been dark and kitchen sink gritty becomes more like a pedestrian TV-movie.
While I was imagining all the pleasures Halloween (2018) could have conjured little did I know that version already existed! And with an assortment of dutch camera angles and split-screen theatrics, a vulgar auteur was born. OK, I'm sure there's a way it could have married its violence with its meta-critique of grounding entertainment in real atrocities, but it really didn't deserve to be this damn stylish.
It kept being entertaining, mostly due to the agility of the camera and to the nightmarish visual composition. As for the rest, besides not bringing anything new, the reveal doesn't excite and the conclusion is very rushed.
Trashy, trash, trash... from the very beginning it was blatantly obvious that this film wanted to emulate 'Zodiac', but failed! Every slasher flick cliché was deployed (not to too much effect), making it seem like someone had dragged 'Friday 13th Pt3' forward from the 80s and sprayed it with a digital sheen. Not very good.