Cherry Falls (2000)

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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.
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Geoffrey Wright
Written By: Ken Selden
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

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
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

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | June 4, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Blu-ray Review] Thanks to Scream Factory, this underrated, classily shot teen horror-mystery has finally received its moment in the spotlight. "Cherry Falls" earns a wholehearted recommendation.

Full Review… | March 27, 2016
TheBluFile.com

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Full Review… | June 17, 2012
Sight and Sound

While it's not a classic, it still tries for an unorthodox and original slasher entry and hits more times than it misses.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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Full Review… | October 29, 2006
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for Cherry Falls

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. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal
½

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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples
½

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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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