A group of film students decide to finish making the film “Hot Blooded”, despite the fact that when it it's shot and shown people tend to get murdered (which turns out to be a terrible mistake for most of them).I won’t giveaway the plot but after screening the original film they head off to a country mansion but have trouble distinguishing the real killer from the actor dressed as the killer. Kylie has a small piece and Molly Ringwald is brilliantly cast as the obnoxious American roughing it on an Australian film set.
There are a few twist and turns but the film does become pretty predictable 2/3 of the way through. There are plenty of laughs to counter the gore and it is never boring. I personally am not scared by the slasher genre movies but many in the audience were. The scariest bit was when an actor asked “who’s there” just at the moment that someone opened an emergency exit door. Maybe its time cinemas employed a few cinema restaurant staff to play tricks on patrons. The last time something like this happened to me was when a woman didn’t see me as she walked past behind me and put her hand flat don on my head. I almost put her in an armlock.
The young cast fulfil their fodder well and there are plenty of jokes and a little character development before they pass away. It was nice to see an Australian touch to a genre that we rarely see in this country. This shows up in the slang used, the movies referred to and just the general setting. Jessica Napier is bound to catch the attention of US talent scouts and could easily slot into a Dawson’s Creek type series.
The other actors are also slowly making themselves familiar to local audiences and it will be interesting to see where actors like Stephen Curry (The Castle, Wogboy) go from here. Whilst not a brilliant movie it is fun and has all the ingredients of a successful teen horror/slasher movie and should perform well at the box office.A very slick package for the $A5M pricetag. Worth seeing even if just to see how local movies are finally becoming responsive to what the market wants. Look out for the sequels! (Gawain MacLachlan--filmnet.org.au)