Sunday, February 01, 2009
By Billy Gil | Posted: 28 Jan 2009
Rated ‘R’ for bloody horror, violence and language.
Stars Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco, Gloria Votsis, Jason London, Al Santos, Adriana DeMeo, Leighton Meester, Nestor Carbonell, Cyia Batten, J.C. Chasez.
Killer Movie is basically a 1990s horror spoof throwback disguised as a reality-TV sendup. The sendup isn’t so hot, but the kills and thrills are straight-up I Know What You Did Last Summer nostalgia.
Paul Wesley stars as a reality-TV director picked to helm a show about an underdog hockey team in a small town, only the town’s younger, attractive residents start getting picked off, as do crew members of the show. Secrets slowly reveal themselves in typical screwed-up small-town fashion.
The plot isn’t exactly credible or fascinating, but that’s not the point. Fans of teen and horror films will be entertained, with not-too-grizzly murders piled atop a somewhat flimsy “behind-the-scenes” reality-TV premise that basically acts as a venue for the characters to gripe about one another.
Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) ably plays a prima donna actress on location to do research for an upcoming role. But in a movie loaded with sass, I was hoping Leighton Meester’s trademark attitude would play a more prominent role. Sadly, the gossip girl’s stay in Killer Movie is brief, relegated to the Janet Leigh/Drew Barrymore role of “famous girl who gets killed quickly.”
In a movie that works best as a recap of what we loved about the horror resurgence of the ’90s, it’s appropriate.