Cherry Falls title

Tag line : Lose your innocence, or lose your life!

Cherry FallsOne of the many teen slasher movies to come out in the wake of "Scream", this one stars a young Brittany Murphy, as Jody. A high school senior, who's friends are being picked off by a deranged female, in the most violent of fashions, before they've had chance to 'consummate' their relationships (as it were)...

Yes, it seems this particular killer has a thing for bumping off virgins, in the ironically named town of Cherry Falls, Virginia. The local Sheriff (played by "Aliens" star Michael Biehn), who also happens to be Jody's father, is unable to find a motive for the killings and is somewhat bewildered as to why the killer is picking on virgins.

However, it also seems that the killer has now taken an interest in his  daughter. But with few leads to go on, the teen bodies piling up, and irate parents not being happy at the thought of their children trying to get themselves laid in order to prevent them being the killers next target, the Sheriff seems to have his work cut out for him. But could he and some of the other townsfolk be harbouring a dark secret which might explain the recent events?

Directed by Geoffrey Wright, who also gave us the infamous cult film "Romper Stomper", this is certainly one of the more unusual slasher films I've seen. I'm not sure how many other movies there are featuring female serial killers brutally murdering virgin teenagers, but I'm sure it can't be many.

Whilst on a pure entertainment level 'd say the film is fairly watchable and enjoyable, with some fun dark humour thrown in, it is otherwise fairly unremarkable in the grand scheme of things. The dark humour and performances by Biehn and Murphy being about the only things that prevent this from becoming just another "Scream" clone.

So overall, I'd say its worth a watch, but its not exactly a masterpiece of horror.

Overall marks : 4.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Innocence has never been deadlier", "At Virgin High... it's put out or die", "If you haven't had it... you've had it", "What would you give to live?", "Get Laid... Or Die".

  • The film was not shown theatrically in the US as it was amongst several titles due for release, along with "Ginger Snaps" and "Idle Hands", that got caught up in adverse publicity following the wake of Columbine shootings in 1999. As a result, it was actually released first in the UK and Europe. The film eventually premiered in the US on cable TV, and was then released direct to video.

  • The films budget was $14,000,000.

  • Stephen Lang was originally going to play the Sheriff, but had to leave the project due to a scheduling conflict with another film he was working on.

  • Michael Biehn originally wasn't interested in appearing in the film, as he didn't get the black humour. It was only after re-reading the script, he saw the funnier side of the plot and agreed to appear.

  • The film was cut quite heavily by the US ratings board, which shortened and toned down several death scenes, to make them less violent and bloody. This same cut R rated print was the same version used for release internationally. The film was also cut more heavily for its US TV network showing. The full uncut version has not apparently been released anywhere as of yet!

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