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Overall Rating
2.75

Awesome: 13.56%
Worth A Look: 22.03%
Average: 16.95%
Pretty Bad: 20.34%
Total Crap27.12%

5 reviews, 29 user ratings


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Cherry Falls
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"...and can't get up"
1 stars

A serial killer is offing virgins! Wow, what a great concept! Wow, what a clever twist on dumb horror cliches! Not!! "Cherry Falls" was apparently designed as a "Scream"-like semi-parody, but ninety-eight percent of this movie resembles every other terrible slasher flick ever made.

I am reminded here of the slasher movie boom of the early '80s, when you could distinguish one Grade-Z dud from the other solely by the type of gardening implement the killer used to whack people. The Friday the 13th series had the machete market cornered, so other slasher flicks featured power drills, lawnmowers, etc., etc. The high concept in Cherry Falls, as previously mentioned, is a killer who targets virgins, which I suppose was intended to be a clever inversion of horror movie tradition, with its fascination with sluts and horndogs getting decapitated during coitus. The originality stops right there, though. The satirical angle keeps petering out; most of the film is just played straight; and in every other category, Cherry Falls simply recycles, quite unironically, the same old dopey material.

More than anything else, this movie is a collection of hoary cliches that I did not need to see again. I hereby call for a ban on the following scenes, effective immediately:

*The Bus Scene: We get a brief glimpse of someone--the killer, maybe?--then a bus conveniently obscures him/her from view. When the bus passes, he/she is gone. This is most commonly used in the the film's epilogue to suggest that the Horror May Still Be With Us.

*The Library Shock Scene: Our heroine wanders through a darkened library. Someone is following her. Suddenly, she bumps into him/her--but it's not the killer.

*The Body in the Locker Scene: Our heroine opens a locker. There's a dead body in there! This falls under the heading of the Artfully Arranged Corpse, of which Cherry Falls offers several other examples.

Like Scream, Cherry Falls is constructed as a mystery, but any half-alert viewer should guess the killer's identity at least thirty minutes before it's revealed. (Hint: It's the character who has no other reason to be in the movie.)

It doesn't give too much away to reveal that the film's final shot depicts a waterfall that slowly assumes a reddish tint. Cherry Falls--get it? But what the hell was that supposed to mean?

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User Comments

11/05/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Could have been worse, it could also have been better 3 stars
12/14/08 mr.mike Fair to middlin' 3 stars
11/07/05 vandrende Ýrn fun and interesting in a weird way:p 4 stars
8/04/05 ^podo good entertaining but nothing more... 3 stars
2/25/05 mark louis baumgart This is good, clever and funny only if you are absolutely positively retarded. 1 stars
10/23/04 Richard Zywotkiewicz Those calling this "total crap" wouldn't know a good horror movie if it bit them on the ... 5 stars
6/15/04 Dan King This movie is TERRIBLE. My respect level for Jay Mohr has dropped drastically. 1 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt A pretty good slasher flick! It's no SCREAM, or even close, but most aren't! 4 stars
5/13/03 Jack Sommersby The talented Biehn is wasted in this obvious, too-tame thriller. 2 stars
5/12/03 Charles Tatum Rent "Halloween" instead 1 stars
9/09/02 Ben Wasden A smart and interesting slasher thriller along the lines of Scream. 5 stars
1/16/02 Oliver Williams A poorly balanced mix of other and better horror movies. A load of bollox 2 stars
12/13/01 ben wasden Sharp and entertaining. 5 stars
11/24/01 Tarlan A film that tries to combine humor and horror . Michael Biehn was excellent. 4 stars
11/04/01 Nicole Gabriel Mann is HOT!!!! I really loved this movie, it was just so different, never boring! 4 stars
11/02/01 Tori I Think it was an awesome movie!! 5 stars
11/01/01 Giant Robo Better than a lot of silver-screen horror films.. 5 stars
10/06/01 Amy A horror movie in it's infancy, needs work, lots of work 2 stars
8/30/01 Carlos Schvartzman Funny, witty, well-acted 4 stars
6/04/01 Roy Smith Brittany Murphy is gorgeous but the movie is a total loss. 2 stars
5/24/01 O'Rourke Brittany's a good actress, & there's good atmosphere & a distinct tone, but it's too tame 4 stars
2/16/01 Carrie Gay Too Short, but very suspenseful... 4 stars
2/03/01 Corky Should have been either funnier or scarier. Tepid stuff, despite attempts at satire. 3 stars
12/09/00 Sarah Come on, it's cheesy. But when is a horror movie not?The setting couldn't be greater though 5 stars
11/27/00 dfdfdfdf dfdfdf 5 stars
11/10/00 Peter Jones I love this film, plenty of sexy men to get my pulse going. Ne 1 want to butt fuck me . 5 stars
10/22/00 Dan Brittany Murphy is a great comedy star. But this is no comedy, more a pile of shit. 2 stars
10/14/00 Matthew Bartley Horrible sleazy, tacky crap 2 stars
9/08/00 Richard Wright A dreadful slasher flick which plays like it was made in 1985 before Scream. Miss it. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  20-Oct-2000 (R)
  DVD: 20-Mar-2001

UK
  N/A

Australia
  21-Feb-2001 (MA)


Directed by
  Geoffrey Wright

Written by
  Ken Selden

Cast
  Michael Biehn
  Jay Mohr
  Brittany Murphy
  Candy Clark
  Amanda Anka
  DJ Qualls



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