A standard slasher with an unpredictable but confusing villain, Bloody Homecoming tries to pay homage to the classic era of the slasher horror but fails thanks to sub-standard acting & overall poor quality film-making.
A group of high-schoolers decide to have their own homecoming party in a closed part of the school. One of them is locked inside a storage room after he tries to rape his girlfriend where he accidentally causes a fire burning down the building & dying in the process. Oh boo hoo.
The rest aren’t held responsible & it’s seen as an unfortunate accident (even though they locked him inside). A year later, just before homecoming they all receive a cryptic note in their lockers that attains to the incident. Soon after, they all start getting killed by a figure dressed in a full fireman’s outfit.
Sounds familiar right?
Bloody Homecoming doesn’t even attempt to distance itself from the likes of I Know What You Did Last Summer. The only difference here being the quality of acting, the coherence of the plot & the villain reveal.
It’s very hard to get excited about a movie so uninspired. The boy who dies in the fire, the switch from nice guy to would be rapist is so sudden & crassly handled it dents any impact regarding his death. The rest of the group are so bland & forgettable that it’s impossible to remember their names. Not that it matters, they’re just victims & badly acted victims at that.
The most you can hope for is fun & interesting deaths which is another fail on the movies part. Simply put, we’ve seen it all before & in much more gruesome fashion. They might shock a 70-year old gran but regular horror watchers will find it hard to not stifle a yawn or two.
Like most slashers it builds to a reveal that is supposed to be a shock but misses the point. You see, if the character in question has had barely any screen time & even less dialogue then it’s really not that big of a twist.
I genuinely didn’t know who they were until they started explaining…as they always seem to do.
Clearly made on a low budget, it can be commended for stretching that to some distance but it’s so uneventful that it’s about as much praise as can be heaped on it.
The Final Score - 3/10