Really cheesy but also fairly entertaining 90s teen horror movie. It's really not a great film by any means, but the cast is pretty decent (though T. Ryder Smith gets pretty grating as failed horror icon "the Trickster"), and a few halfway clever sequences makes it fun in a retro-camp kind of way.
This feels like a horror movie assembled almost entirely from research team. The Trickster is like Freddy Krueger updated for the goth/grunge/cyperpunk generations. Rather than appeal to one group, the film makers cast a net wide enough to court as many unsuspecting viewers as possible.
The two pronged theme of youth alienation and media violence is poorly dealt with too.
i actually have no good or eloquent reason for this rating and the main character is a mega creep but call me a huge sucker for horror nerds in the early 90s! also the soundtrack is amazing and the first murder feels like mid-career argento