PLOT: A high school is the site of a new movie production that chronicles the story of the real-life murders that happened at the school years previous.

This movie is too clever for its own good. Honest to goodness, I had a hard time keeping up with what exactly was going on. There are so many red herrings and fake-outs that this movie became impossible to decipher by the end. I credit this film for thinking outside the box a little, and essentially being Scream before Scream, but wow is this movie needlessly complicated.

Moe Green himself, Alex Rocco, plays sleazy movie producer, Harry Sleerik. Sleerik is on set of his new low-budget horror movie based on the real-life murders that happened at the high school he’s shooting at a few years prior. As the movie production kicks off, it seems like (maybe) that the killings are happening again (I think), and we bounce between what we know is happening behind the scenes and what is happening in the movie-within-a-movie, and then also maybe what happened during the original killings. Honestly, this film is juggling so many things; the nicest thing I can say is that it is ambitious.

Besides Rocco, who is great in this movie, we get a very brief appearance from a very young George Clooney. Clooney plays an actor that’s supposed to be a police officer in the film, but quits when he lands a gig in a network TV series. Fitting, isn’t it? We also get a stunt-casting appearance by Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady herself) as a real-life police officer that is possibly turned on by blood?

OVERALL

I didn’t hate this movie, but I felt it was difficult to follow along. There are so many moments in this movie that are fake-outs that the thread of the film is hard to nail down. It’s definitely an odd-duck of a slasher movie, and for that reason it’s most definitely worth a viewing for horror fans. Even the finale is just such a bizarre moment and completely out-there that I can help but admire this film’s willingness to go there.

Overall Rating: 5.5 out of 10