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Cherry Falls (2000)

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Release Date: Oct 1, 2000 Wide

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A serial killer with a difference is on the prowl in a small Virginia town in this darkly comic horror story. Brent Marken (Michael Biehn) is the sheriff of the city of Cherry Falls, a quiet community that suddenly has a big-city problem to contend with when Marken discovers a murderer is on the loose. The killer is targeting teenage girls who attend the local high school -- and his victims are all virgins. This causes no small amount of anxiety for Brent's teenage daughter Jody (Brittany

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Ken Selden

Jan 30, 2001

USA Films

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A clever idea done with grimy flair. But not for horror movie virgins.

January 16, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

It aspires to be another Heathers or Rivers Edge, but doesn't make it.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The slasher movie where it PAYS to be promiscuous!

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Cherry Falls sticks to the tried and true formula, bringing to mind words like adequate or functional.

February 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Written for people who prefer their sex and violence with a side order of intelligence.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It becomes a balance between gory and very silly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: BBC.com

The disappointment is in an ultimately anaemic feel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stylish, suspenseful, and unusually intelligent for a genre movie, Cherry Falls is an excellent example of how to make a horror movie right.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A stylish and forthright slasher pic that knows what it wants, knows how to get it, and gets us hooting in the aisles like the bloodthirsty fiends we really are.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Cherry Falls

A teenage couple is killed while making out by the lake in small town Cherry Falls. A further murder points the police to suspect that someone is killing virgins. While the towns' teenagers prepare for a sex party to protect themselves, the sheriff's daughter, Jody Marken, follows a clue that may unmask the killer and her motives.

One of the spate of `knowing' teenage slasher movies, Cherry Falls got some publicity from it's twist on the usual horror cliché that `sex = death'. Pointed out in Scream, whenever you have sex in a horror movie you mark yourself out as a victim, however here the twist is that virgins will die and those having had sex will live. The film is quite enjoyable and has the odd tense moment, but quickly falls into line with every other horror cliché in the book ? right down to the big twist over the killer's identity and, true to Scream, it's a big leap!

The film is a little modern ironic but doesn't get much mileage out of it. More interesting to me was the angle that, in this day of AIDS and STD's, those HAVING sex were actually protected while those saving themselves and being careful were actually risking death. I'm not sure if this angle was thought of when making the film but it didn't get any significant air time or comment ? I guess the film only wanted to be ironic or post modern if it didn't involve any thought or effort. That said it still sort of works, even if it doesn't really stand out from the rest of the teen slashers (but then, what does?).

The cast are so-so. Murphy is OK in the lead and Biehn is a familiar face as her father. Jay Mohr has a small role but happily isn't awful. The rest of the teens tend to fall into high school stereotypes of jock, nerd, joker etc and only really serve to be victims rather than characters. There are no really gory moments but there are lots of quite cruel ones which happen just offscreen but are no less horrific for it.

Overall the film is OK but can't really do anything intelligent with it's unique twist. I knew it was clever to do things like this, but the film gets no mileage out of the wider ideals (AIDS etc) and quickly falls into being a standard teen horror movie complete with shadows, twisty end and so on. Still worth a watch if you like this sort of stuff but it really could have been better than this.
December 27, 2009
matertenebraum

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Maybe it's because this film is now 9 years old, but I really loved it. It's not perfect, by any means, but with 9 years of slashers and remakes this does stand out. It's smartest move is the killers MO. Having the killer target virgins, results in an interesting look at how the community deal with the situation. Nothing too in depth, this is a slasher, and a short one at that. But it's enough to make the film acceptably unique. The film also has a fantastic sense of humour, which plays out well throughout. The quick cuts of engravings on the school "Cherry Falls", "Virginia" and "Erected" were a nice touch and scenes such as the "CLASS DISMISSED" orgy runaway, had me giggling a treat. The film has been severely edited, which is too noticeable. What I can say is that, this is too short and could be expanded on further. Give Cherry Falls a chance and you may have a good time.
August 21, 2009
kiriyamakazou

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You've got to love a psychotic English teacher.
June 11, 2007
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