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teens, a brother and sister are driving home from college, ragging
on each other, playing stupid brother-sister name calling and
cut-down games. All of a sudden some maniac in a bad ass, satan's
ice cream truck, or a satambulance hoopdee rear-ends them, effectively
scaring the shit out of them and playing a quick game of highway
cat and mouse.
Whew, what was that guy's problem? Road rage is such a big problem
in this day and age, "must be inbreeding." Cut to brother and
sister peeing in the bushes (not together you sicko's) and we
get to see sis's skimpy black undies as she stands up, wheeeew
Back in the car driving down the road the couple see the devil's
ice cream truck parked at a run down church, and the driver is
dumping what appears to be bodies wrapped in sheets down a big
pipe in the yard. Bad man sees them seeing him dumping whatever
it may be down the pipe and gives chase (again!) doing the old
highway cat and mouse. They lose him, and then brother brilliantly
decides it is their moral obligation to go see if what bad guy
was dumping down the pipe were in fact bodies, and are any of
them still alive. This my friends gives sister the opportunity
to say one of the best horror movie lines ever:
"You know the part in horror movies when somebody does something
really stupid, and everybody hates him for it? This is it."
Altogether not a horrible horror flick, especially when you take
into consideration that this was released at the time when the
Scream trilogy had ended its run and sparked a frenzy of crappy
hollywood Dawson's Creek style horror movies (hell, they even
did a scary Dawson's episode if memory serves). Anyway I liked
this movie much more than the "Holler when you find out what I
did to Carrie on the Halloween after Friday the 13th." Crap that
was so prevalent at the time.
Now don't send me messages and mails asking how I could have loved
this shit movie, I didn't (besides hate mail is to be directed
at jareprime) I'm just saying that at the time this movie was
an island in an ocean of diarrhea. Am I proud to admit that I
own it, as well as it's sequel, no. Did I thoroughly enjoy watching
it again for the sake of reviewing it here? No. Get the gist?
Good let's move on.
You know how to tell when the writers have completely expended
their creativity glands? They put a psychic in the movie, that
tells the story about where the creature came from, and why it's
doing the things it does. Note to Hollywood, sometimes it's scarier
when no one has an explanation as to WHAT the killer is, and it's
even scarier when the killer has no motive.
Well there, I'm done venting, not a horrible movie, but it's not
that great. I bought it in 2001 when it came out and just watched
it for the second time tonight. Worth a rent, maybe.
5 out of 10 botched, leather sutured, liverectomies
I first heard about this movie I was really excited. It looked
like it would have actually been a scary horror movie, and possibly
would have resurrected the genre from the nonsense that had come
out in recent years. Fortunately, I didn't get a chance to
see it until it came out on video.
As I was watching the movie, I didn't know what to expect.
The atmosphere of the beginning of the movie is perfect and, truth
be told, the first half hour of this movie is probably among the
scariest in all horror movies. Again, the atmosphere is absolutely
The Creeper, when we see him at the church, looks almost ogre-ish.
then he chases the kids, they investigate the church , blah, blah,
blah. All of this made that first half hour flow with an amazing
If only Victor Salve had built off of that first 30 minutes. After
the kids leave the church, it goes straight downhill from there.
When Darry gets the call from the psychic when he's at the
diner, there's no saving the movie at that point.
I also think the movie would have been scarier if the alternate
ending was used.
Gina Philips ....Patricia "Trish" Jenner
Justin Long ....Darius "Darry" Jenner
Jonathan Breck ....The Creeper/Bald Cop(uncredited)
Patricia Belcher ....Jezelle Gay Hartman
Eileen Brennan ....The Cat Lady
Brandon Smith ....Sgt. David Tubbs
Peggy Sheffield ....Waitress Beverly
Jeffrey William Evans ....Restaurant Manager
Patrick Cherry ....Binky Plutzker
Jon Beshara ....Officer Robert Gideon
Avis-Marie Barnes ....Officer Natasha Weston
Steve Raulerson ....Cellblock Officer
Tom Tarantini .... Austin McCoy
Will Hasenzahl .... Officer with Hole in Chest
Kim Kahana .... Camper Driver
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