KIDS GET DEAD
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This one is based on old slasher flicks that you used to record off television when you were young. It features a bunch of disposable teens in a cabin in the woods getting killed one by one by some crazy dude in a mask.
Is it good movie?
If you're going to make an homage, you'd better make it sharp and badass. It needs to border on parody and walk that thin line of comedy and stupidity (Shaun of the Dead..although that movie is perfection), or it needs to bring something new to the table, like nasty gore (Hatchet). This movie does neither and really let me down.
When this came across my desk, I laughed immediately at the title- it's hilarious and implies a movie that's smarter than this one. Instead of paying tribute to old slasher movies, it simply is a low budget slasher without any real guts or originality whatsoever. If there's any points to be doled out here, it's that the filmmakers literally made it look like a videotape you popped in as if you taped this movie from TV one late night. It's actually kind of a weird effect but I guess some people will like it.
There's also a horror hostess, who looks like she's trying hard to be like Megan Fox, which I suppose isn't a bad thing. Anyway, there's no plot to be mentioned here besides the characters going to the woods. You have the unbelievable asshole dudes who terrorize the unwanted little brother who's on the trip, a couple of lesbians and the requisite heroine. The killer is just some dude in a gas mask and I thought it was all leading to a 'who is the killer' sort of deal, but it didn't.
Ultimately, this movie was barely watchable. The characters are incredibly mean, the acting is just awful and the kills are really weak sauce. This is the kind of movie I could make with my friends. If this is the project of a few film students, they did a good job. If this is supposed to hit shelves at my local Wal-Mart, I'd be pissed if I spent more than two bucks on it. Sorry, there was just nothing there- I was waiting for this movie to grab my attention, but it never did.
Video / Audio
Video is listed as 16 x 9 widescreen and looks pretty sharp, nothing special from the source material to begin with so not too amazing.
Audio seems to be in Dolby 5.0, but I can't tell for sure. Sounds okay though.
We begin with 3 deleted scenes- I'm glad they were cut because this movie was long enough at 85 minutes.
The gag reel lasts about 5 minutes and features some killer fellatio, I laughed a few times.
Behind the scenes involves 4 short featurettes that deal with he creation of a few kills and stuff in the movie. It's interesting, albeit brief.
Finally, a few trailers.
I wanted to like this movie, I thought it had a decent premise and a winning title. Unfortunately it just perpetuates all of the old stereotypes of a Friday film and doesn't rise above them, poke much fun at them, or tear them a new one. Instead, we get a relatively dull attempt at a slasher film.