Cherry Falls

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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 Murphy), who is not as ready for intimacy as her boyfriend Kenny (Gabriel Mann). Brent has personal problems of his own to deal with; his relationship with his wife Marge (Candy Clark) has hit an impasse, and he shares a dark secret with Tom Sisler (Joe Inscoe), the principal of the high school. Cherry Falls marked the American directorial debut for Australian filmmaker Geoffrey Wright; the cast also includes Jay Mohr, Caroline Perreyclear, and Rick Forrester. Cherry Falls enjoyed its first theatrical engagements in the United Kingdom, several months after it was first slated to open in the United States, thanks in part to the difficulty the producers had with the MPAA in securing an R rating for the picture.


Michael Biehn
as Brent Marken
Brittany Murphy
as Jody Marken
Jay Mohr
as Leonard Marliston
Gabriel Mann
as Kenny Ascott
Candy Clark
as Marge Marken
Jesse Bradford
as Rod Harper
Amanda Anka
as Deputy Mina
Joe Inscoe
as Tom Sisler
Bre Blair
as Stacy Twelfmann
Vicki Davis
as Heather
Clementine Ford
as Annette Duwald
Margaret Moister
as Annette's mother
Michael Goodwin
as Annette's father
Steve Boles
as Father No.1
David Lenthall
as Father No.2
Steve Ayers
as Father No.3
Candy Aston-Dennis
as Mother No.1
Deborah Hobart
as Mother No.2
Beatrice Bush
as Mother No.3
Rick Forrester
as Deputy Beau
Tammy Ballance
as Young Loralee
DJ Qualls
as Wally
Patt Noday
as TV Reporter Stan Michaels
Mark Joy
as Special Agent Bronhill
Alex Wharff
as Young Brent
Michael Cammack
as Young Harry
Jesse Janowsky
as Young Jimmy
Christian Durango
as Young Leonard
Teresa Jones
as FBI agent
Christine Offutt Thomas
as Woman at Restaurant
Barry Privett
as Man at Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Cherry Falls

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Audience Reviews for Cherry Falls

  • Oct 15, 2012
    It is great to see Brittany Murphy, she is a true sex icon in my opinion. However, the film just fails for many reasons. It follows the formula of slasher films, apart from the quirky idea that the killers is going after virgins instead of the other way around. However, that fact is not really used to its maximum potential. The worst thing about the film is, that you can tell who the murderer is by looking at the casting list, go ahead, try it, .... see ... it works, it is super obvious and that makes the whole tension disappear from the get go. A turkey
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2011
    I enjoyed this film considering all the scream clones for its era
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2010
    Well, it's a step up from my last one, but it really doesn't reach the level of scream or Black Christmas or anything like that. Acting: They have some decent actors in here. I am always a fan of Michael Biehn after Terminator and Aliens. The late-who-knows-if-she-could-have-been-really-great Brittany Murphy is in here too. The acting is not too horrible. At the very least, it goes beyond the typical "I'm gonna scream and wait for the rapidly approaching killer to get me" stuff. It's always nice to have a break from that. The teenagers in this one have a little personality to them and some of them you actually grow to like. That is rare for a film like this. it wasn't too horrible. It wasn't fantastic either but it was alright. 6.5/10 Plot: Now, this is one of the most original plots I have seen out of a slasher film. I know, there is still the underlying "killer kills everyone he/she/it gets his/her/its hands on" thing but the film doesn't rely solely on that like films such as Halloween 2. Granted, it was a plot that, in its very basic form, was going to be done sooner or later but it is still an original one. Glad another original plot exists to be honest. It wasn't perfect but it was decent. 7/10 Screenplay: Not too good. As with most films it is the weakest aspect of the film. But I suppose that it was alright. There were some good lines there were some bad ones. nothing that's going to make you cringe or that you're going to include on a list of top 100 movie quotes but eeh. whatever. 6/10 Likableness: I kinda liked it. It was an entertaining way to spend 1 1/2 hours or so. It wasn't a perfect film but it is better than the average piece of slasher film trash. 7.5/10 Final Score: 27/40 67% (D) TRIVIA TIME: 1. Stephen Lang was originally offered the role of Sheriff Marken, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from being in the film. He later admitted that the only reason he wanted to do the part was to work with Brittany Murphy again. Ted Levine was also considered for the role of the Sheriff as well. The role eventually went to Michael Biehn. Ironically, Biehn was an early favorite for a military role in James Cameron's Avatar, but Lang ended up getting the part 2. The film was troubled by censor disapproval. It had to be submitted to the MPAA a total of five times before censors finally approved a cut.
    Lord N Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2010
    Not bad for a post-Scream slasher with solid performaces through-out, a decent premise and just the right amount of humor. My biggest complaint is the lack of on-screen violence. Sure there's some slices and dices here and there but for the most part it plays it too safe.
    A.D. V Super Reviewer

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