Released in 2000, Cherry Falls continues the trend of poor Scream copycat slashers with a story that is hilariously absurd.
Directed by Geoffrey Wright, and starring Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, and Michael Biehn. The plot sees a small Virginia town targeted by a serial killer who enjoys offing teenaged virgins.
After a spate of killings, teenager Jody Marken (Brittany Murphy) the daughter of the town’s sheriff becomes the next target. Her unwillingness to sleep with her on/off boyfriend makes her the prime victim for the psychopath.
The rest of the high school students in town set up a party for a mass losing of virginities after the killer’s ‘modus operandi’ is revealed. Something the adults in the town seem to be weirdly alright about, probably as some of them are hiding a dark past. Something that Jody begins to unravel.
Blah, blah, blah…for all the originality of the concept, Cherry Falls has next to no originality elsewhere. It plays out like every late 90’s/early 00’s slasher ever with many predictable plot points. The killer’s identity is easy to work out and even their motivations are revealed earlier than it should.
Frustrating to watch thanks to some very average performances. Michael Biehn seem to be falling asleep delivering his lines with zero passion while the likes of Brittany Murphy and Jay Mohr overact to the point of hilarity.
The cringy dialogue does little to help the movies cause with great lines such as:
“It’s always a compliment when a guy says you can suck a mean dick” and “Hail, Hail, Virgin high, drop your pants its fuck or die!”
There are so many plot issues & head-slapping moments. Those involved ask you to ignore way too much of what would be natural or believable behaviour. It’s tiresome to see a killer who is normal in every sense of the word up until the point where their identity is revealed whereupon they become a drooling mess. Unsurprisingly Cherry Falls ends in a flat and disappointing way with the killer dispatched by the heroine who literally moves out of the way.
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The Final Score - 3/10