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Jul 7, 2006

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Staring: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords

I don't think this movie in any way classifies as horror - it might be horror in the same way Antichrist was called horror. Basically "this was disturbing and I didn't know what else to call it". I have read some reviews that seem to have taken it as a black comedy... All I can say about that is that I definitely was not laughing during this. All in all I would almost say it's a morality tale about what can happen when society at large ignores mental illness (which at least in America we definitely do). If you look at it that way, as I will venture out onto a limb and say was intended, it's pretty depressing. At every step of the way many characters in this movie have a chance to intervene and tell someone this kid needs professional help, but none does so. I think this is pretty plainly a commentary on how often we brush aside mental illness because we have an unsaid assumption/expectation that someone's thoughts and actions are entirely a product of their own willpower. If someone is acting crazy, they just need to get a grip and stop being weird. This movie disagrees with that pretty strongly.

Traci Lords plays a pretty good evil mother, and AnnaLynne McCord actually made my jaw drop. They took someone who, lets be honest, by default looks pretty much like a hollywood bimbo, and made her an ugly teenager in a very believable way. And not all of it is the makeup (or lack thereof?) - the way she hunches her shoulders, juts out her jaw, slurs her speech like someone desperately in need of braces... all in all quite good acting out of someone I would not expect it from.

I'll say a 3.5/5. You kind of know what's coming pretty early in the movie, and in that sense the plot is pretty straightforward. But it is interesting and endlessly cringe-worthy.

sleeptides fucked around with this message at Jan 27, 2013 around 10:04


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