starts off with a teenaged boy walking into a sorority house and
finding several of his friends frozen to death. After an overacted
moment that left me rolling my eyes (OHMYGOD!! JESUS!!),
something wonderful happened: The opening credits appeared over
a punk soundtrack and let me know the movie was not taking itself
seriously, and neither should I.
plot is sci-fi/horror cheese at its best: a group of uber-hot
sorority girls turn out to be aliens who have run out of males
to mate with on their planet. In order to further the species,
they invade Ontario, Canada. Why? Because these aliens thrive
in the cold, and the people here are really nice.
Shore star Corey Sevier plays Luke, the one guy who knows
whats going on, but cant get anyone to believe him.
Meghan Ory plays his chick-buddy Alex, whos secretly in
love with him, but cant get him to see how she really feels.
And then theres Lukes roomie Roger, who just wants
to get laid by someone; whether or not she has tentacles is irrelevant.
cast is, for the most part, terrific. Ory is the incarnate of
Sandra Bullock in her full on cute-as-hell-but-still-oozing-sex
mode. Sevier keeps pace with her, and apparently patterns his
character Luke after Johnny Depp in A Nightmare On Elm Street,
which is appropriate because Decoys shares much of its
plot points with that film. It also manages to pay obvious homage
to Animal House, John Carpenters The Thing,
and The Stepford Wives. Im certain there are other
references as well, and spotting them is part of the fun.
dont understand the backlash against this flick. Some people
are genuinely bitter about it, and one poster on another message
board angrily refers to it as a Time-waster, but thats
the point. Deceptive box art aside, thats all Decoys
aspires to be: a fun way to kill some time. It doesnt have
a ton of gore, but it does have some more traditional effects
work, as well as some CGI that ranges from decent to fair. The
flick is loads of fun, provided one takes it in the spirit in
which it was intended.
Comment: Decoys gained a full ½ point from me
by featuring I Will Love You, a haunting, heartbreaking
song by a then-unsigned band called Fisher. The song was originally
intended for a sad scene during the Kevin Costner film Message
In A Bottle. It never appeared in that film because the song
is so depressing, that people were still crying when the credits
rolled, so Costner replaced it with something more upbeat. It's
pretty out of place here, but I don't care; it was great to have
someone give it some respect.
Attractive cast. Fun plot. Doesnt take itself seriously.
Fairly tight script some great, funny dialogue. Wisely avoids
becoming a "breastfest".
Cons: Becomes a bit uneven toward the end. The ambulance
scene goes too far over the top.
Review Rating: 4 out of 5 Belts of OFryin burning
in the midnight sky.