Perhaps I'm suffering from a serious case of Nineties nostalgia, but what a pleasure it is to watch a slasher that feels like a bonafide Movie, something adults wouldn't feel embarrassed to purchase a ticket for. I savored the moody lighting and free-floating camera, John Debney's effective score, and a punchy script that investigates the destructive power of trauma and guilt on young lives.
Surprisingly watchable. The central conflict gives it a lot of emotional complication, despite way too much focus on scary teases and a tedious and slow mystery unwinding. But there’s some actual attention to suspense setpieces and nearly all the victims are intriguingly developed, yet dimensionally flawed. Still more sanitized than scary in its slickness and tone, but sometimes fun.
Lacking the satirical elements of his greatest work (Scream), Williamson's second effort to update the slasher movie for a new generation instead plays it straight; generating horror & suspense from its attractive teens in peril narrative, but also adding a mystery element, complete with backwoods McGuffin. It's implausible & full of holes, but director Gillespie elevates the material with a slick, unobtrusive style.