From the very first opening scene of this movie you know right away that it's gonna be complete trash. It's the typical Hollywood college party that shows beautiful people swilling copious amounts of alcohol while getting naked and having sex all over the extremely large mansion that is decorated with millions of dollars of finely crafted furniture and expensive fixtures. That's one thing about cinema that I've never understood and never enjoyed - the bloated, false caricature of what "college parties" are like. However, the good news is that after that, the movie is shockingly not bad. It's a classic horror mystery that is so much fun to watch. It's one of the sub-genres of horror that I really enjoy. It's the gore and fun of a slasher movie mixed with the whodunit story of a murder mystery. Unfortunately the best movie to ever pull this off was the Wes Craven masterpiece "Scream." The whole time I was watching this I was thinking that it was done better when "Scream" did it. See, even though the movie isn't bad it's really predictable and very formulaic. But as I noticed at the reaction of my fiancee, it still does the trick with the building tension till the inevitable scare. But the script is pretty much awful. You can tell it was written by two men and directed by another. It has no insight at all as to how girls interact or talk to each other. The characters are drawn as stereotypically as you can and as far as a thrilling climax, clever killer reveal or even major loose ends to be tied up by the end...you won't find that here. The acting is far from varsity level but considering it stars a bunch of new actresses, such as Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis (and yes Audrina from "The Hills" for a whole 5 minutes), I wasn't expecting Oscar performances. (Especially from you Rumer. You're not hot enough or good enough to be in movies so that must mean Mommy (Demi Moore) and Daddy (Bruce Willis) helped you out there...sorry she annoys me.) But if you plan on plopping down $10 in hopes you see some blood, boobs and booze, you won't be disappointed. You'll jump, laugh and scream but still leave the movie theater not remembering one thing about the movie you just saw.
Sorority Row (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: C+