A college campus in a small New England Town is being terrorized by someone who looks an awful lot like Little Red Riding Hood. Peter Bloom, budding journalist and student decides to take matters into his own hands and try to uncover the mystery of just who is wiping people out left and right.
Sometimes you can't judge a book by its cover. In fact, it's my job to do otherwise! So I have no problems telling you folks that Little Erin Merryweather
is a great little film that is really a sort of homage to the slasher genre.
To be honest, Little Erin Merryweather
isn't a groundbreaking, mind-shattering film, but it is a slasher that manages to exist without completely insulting your intelligence (I know, can you believe it?). The characters are well written, and the plot isn't completely predictable. You won't find a lot of gore here, as a lot of the violence is rather tame and subdued, but this is made up for by the film's overall quality.
There are several strong points that this film possesses. First of all, the cast is very strong for a low budget indie film. First props have to go out to David Morwick. This gentleman plays the lead in the film, and does a great job- top notch stuff- by adding a character to the mix who isn't just your typical protagonist. Morwick's layered performance is beneficial and crucial to the film. Not only this, but the guy also wrote and directed the film. That is most impressive indeed, clearly Morwick had a purpose with this film, and decided to set out and do it himself. I respect and admire that kind of hard work and dedication, and the fact that he did a damn good job doesn't hurt either.
The next great kudos goes out to Vigdis Anholt, the young lady who plays Erin in the film. What a fantastic job. This girl knows how to act, and personally gave me the creeps in one of the most effective performances I've seen come across my desk in awhile. Not only is the character well acted, but well written with some pretty decent motivation. If you aren't chilled at least a bit by this underplayed role, then you're crazy or high or something. Not to mention the awesome imagery used throughout the film; you'll notice a storybook literally unfolding before your eyes.
All of the suspense of the film is very tense and realistically built for the most part, as our hero is on a trail that we know is going to lead him down a dark path. I did think that the ending left a bit to be desired, but that's a relatively minor complaint.