When a film includes a scene where the film is referring to itself á la a mirror reflecting another mirror, and features a time-traveling grizzly bear and "TV hand", along with more than a handful of clever humor and a talented young cast, you've got a winner of a film. Definitely indie in its presentation and visual effects, but inherently fun and endearing at the same time. Some very funny situational comedy, too.
I confess re-appraising films I've already seen doesn't happen that often or at least I can't be bothered to re-write the reviews. Still I recently watched this again to see if it still holds up, long story short it does. Something about this somewhat feverish nostalgia slasher makes me laugh, sometimes it's silly or plain daft but I found it endearing. I find it hard to be picky when a film is so fun.
I shouldn't have, but I quite liked it. It is fun, terribly silly and deliciously trashy. It just tries soooo hard to be cool that it wears it's welcome a little bit, but it still is a pretty satisfying milkshake of references. It borrows heavily from Scream, Scott Pilgrim, Donnie Darko, Kaboom, et al and although it is not on their league, it might satisfy it's fans.
Goddamn. That was something. Overstimulated, hyperlinked, multitasking, 4G ridiculousness that couldn't be more of-the-moment. Whether I could come back in five years and still be into it is another, and possibly irrelevant, matter: how could you not be excited about what this dude will direct next?
It's like putting 30 years of pop culture (especially from the 90ties) in a blender and the result is a nonsense horror meta film. There's Donnie Darko, Saw, Scream, Cronenberg's The Fly, Kaboom, Smiths, Hole and lots of good stuff. With an open mind and no big expectations, you may have a lot of fun. Also: the "The Silent Enigma of Elliot Fink" scene is purely genious.
The heir apparent to "Donnie Darko": a meta, genre-bending horror movie that also serves as a love letter to the 90's. Imagine if Gregg Araki directed "Scream" and you might be halfway there. Pop will eat itself, yes - but if we're lucky, it will regurgitate something as brilliant and laugh out loud funny as "Detention." Whether he intended to or not, Joseph Kahn may have just created the next phase of teen cinema.