Well, when you find out that the movie is about a killer, killing off all the virgins in the local town, you can tell that the movie won't be scary but still interesting to watch and no, the film wasn't scary at all but yes, it was interesting to watch. Very interesting. There's a great cast here too, including: underrated Brittany Murphy who is brilliant as Jody Marken and Jay Mohr who plays Leonard Marliston. Cherry Falls is a Scream Meets American Pie, type film. It's got a mix of everything here and will sure satisfy anyone who wants to see or buy a good movie. I give <more>
Misunderstood movie, very, very funny and droll, good sick take. Performances universally solid in a script not nearly so routine as I heard I think details are being missed by some audiences . Hilarious climax, saw it in Spain. Will the DVD have fewer cuts?
Kinky Fun At Donkey Hill (by hala-3)
I saw this one in LA at a preview screening and really enjoyed it. Pretty darn kinky with lots of sexual humor some of it extremely tasteless and some good scary and/or weirdo scenes referencing so many movies that I couldn't keep up. Lots of fresh faces in the high school cast, no plastic Kens or Barbies here. As for the leads, there's a very very odd performance from Michael Biehn and a sprinkling of amusingly dark and kooky craziness from Candy Clark, Jay Mohr, and Brittany Murphy. Might be a cult critter at heart, but it certainly has an unforgettable final fifteen minutes. <more>
Hasty and breathless in execution - which really only adds to the overall loony pace and energy. I hear the uncut version is utterly ferocious and I'd like to hear from anyone who can get the infamous five minute 'Annette' death scene that was removed from the film I saw.
Shamefully neglected horror thriller is probably the best slasher film to follow in the footsteps of Scream 1996 , too bad it ended up being a television movie!In the seemingly innocent town of Cherry Falls, Virginia, someone is murdering high school students who just happen to be virgins!Clever premise, being a twist on the classic slasher convention of sex death, pays off in this dark and splendidly suspenseful shocker. The direction of Wright is solid with the occasional touch of stylishness. He makes good use of the Virginia filming locations and adds some spooky elements, like the <more>
rather creepy looking killer. Ken Seldon takes what could have been a lousy concept and makes a wonderfully twisted and entertaining story. There's also the occasional touch of comic relief like the have sex or die party and a dark sense of humor about the story. The murder sequences are gory and shocking despite the limitations of TV censors, which caused some of the film to be edited.The cast is pretty good. Young Brittany Murphy is appealing and likable as a rather unconventional leading girl. Michael Biehn is great as Murphy's father who's also the local sheriff. Jay Mohr is excellent as the rather timid school teacher who fears for his students safety. The supporting cast is also good, most notably Candy Clark as Murphy's slightly odd mother.Cherry Falls is a film that really got the shaft on its releasing, as it's far superior to a number of the theatrically released slasher-by-the-numbers flicks that where out around the time. Horror fans, before you bother with the likes of Urban Legend 1998 , the lousy Valentine 2001 or any sequel, give this one a turn! You just might find it to be one of the best!*** 1/2 out of ****
What can I say about Brittany Murphy? Without her this would be a very different film. She is one of those actors that indelibly stamps every movie she appears in. Sometimes she irritates me, but at other times - and this is one - I absolutely adore her.That aside, this is a much better movie than you might expect, given the absolutely dreadful plot. The cast is excellent, the film is beautifully shot, and it all moves along at a nice pace. I was never quite sure if I was watching a comedy or a slasher, or more specifically if the funny bits were actually meant to be funny. Having watched it <more>
again, I now realise it was done with tongue very firmly in cheek. That said, it still has some genuinely scary moments but they're just icing, rather than cake.There is a certain genre teen/shock/comedy that Hollywood seems to do really well at recently, and this is another example. A fine cast, good balance of comedy and thrills, just enough gore to keep you satisfied. It's a formula that works well, and a tribute to the artists that freshness is maintained.My advice is ignore the plot, and revel in the humour and artistry. This was never intended to be a cult horror film. It is a fun movie, and should be judged according to entertainment value. It's a film to easily amuse when you don't have the energy or enthusiasm for life's drudgery. And if you're a Murphy fan, don't miss it.UPDATE: Following the sad passing of the young lady who since I wrote the above, went on to become my favourite actress ever, I urge you to watch this movie if you haven't already. Brittany Murphy is simply irreplaceable as a person and as an actress. She never got the credits she deserved in life, so I hope Heaven treats her well. There will never be another like her.
The Best Slasher Movie I've Seen In A Long Time!! (by Horror_Fan01)
This is definitely one of the best slasher movies, that everyone needs to see at least once in their whole life! The killer, definitely one of the best killer looks i've seen in a long time, i love the costume, it's very creepy, the long hair, the mini skirt, very creative, a killer look! Brittany Murphy, not to be rude, is very ugly in the movie, i do not like her look at all, but her acting is good, along with the rest of the cast, the twist at the end, well, you either get it right from the beginning or you are very surprised at the end, I as very surprised, i never guessed it, but <more>
whatever, it's an awesome slasher film, definitely worth a rent!
If you haven't screwed, then you're screwed. (by BA_Harrison)
In traditional slasher movies, a character's probability of survival tends to be slightly higher if they haven't done the nasty. Cherry Falls, on the other hand, provides a neat twist on this idea: the victims are all virgins, and the best way to avoid an untimely death is to get laid.With the chaste teens of sleepy town Cherry Falls being sliced and diced by someone who seems to have a hatred of the pure and innocent, it's up to Sheriff Brent Marken Michael Biehn to try and solve the case before his own daughter Jody Brittany Murphy also falls prey to the murderer. The <more>
trouble is, thanks to a terrible event that occurred 27 years earlier, Jody is already way up on the killer's 'to do' list.Cherry Falls lacks gore and nudity due to studio-imposed cuts , and the identity of its killer should be apparent to most viewers long before the big reveal a few blatant red herrings will do little to throw seasoned slasher fans off the scent ; however, thanks to a witty script, a strong central performance from the lovely Murphy R.I.P. , confident tongue-in-cheek direction from Geoffrey Wright who also gave us the shocking skinhead drama Romper Stomper , and a decent supporting cast Biehn, Jay Mohr, Jesse Bradford, and... errr... D.J. Qualls , this still manages to be one of the better entries in the late 90s/early 2000s slasher revival.I give Cherry Falls a very respectable 7.5/10 rounded up to 8 for IMDb, but if I ever find a director's cut—blood and boobs intact—I imagine that rating will go even higher.
Looks really bad, but actually really good! (by drew_starr)
When a friend told me to watch this film I didn't know what to expect. She said it was a horror slasher film like Scream and i nearly didn't watch it because i find horror slasher films very boring and unentertaining. However I watched anyway.I was utterly blown away by how good this film was if taken in a certain way. Taken as a horror/slasher film, it isn't very good. The plot has many holes and really its too ropey to be good in the genre, there are much better examples of that type of film. But, taken as a black comedy Naked Gun style slapstick, which is how I came to view it, <more>
Cherry Falls is one of the most ludicrous and intensely funny films I have ever seen. It is truly remarkable in that sense. I cannot believe that the makers of the film intended it to be anything other than a comedy Naked Gun style film. Look at the title, 'Cherry Falls' and read on. Take first the plot. There is a mad killer on the loose who is killing all the virgins in a town, i.e. roughly everyone below the age of 16. The killer targets teenagers who are, for obvious reason, the age group least likely to have sex. So to avoid being killed the kids organise a 'lose your virginity party'. Hence the title 'Cherry Falls', 'losing your cherry' being a slang term for 'losing your virginity', in Britain at any rate, I don't know if it is in the US and Canada. Guess if its not a slang term there the immediate comic reference would be lost, but it was certainly spotted here in Britain. So 'Cherry Falls' 'virginity falls', the plot of the film. I love that.There are so many ludicrous moments in the films as well, like a point where one of the teenage girls fights off the murderer with a stuffed swordfish. Utterly ludicrous and totally hilarious! Also the revelation of whom the murderer is is just insane, totally bonkers and very funny. Although the reason why the murderer is killing virgins is quite a good one and actually a very sinister, evil and really psychologically scary thing. Its kinda sad as well, a reason that makes the viewer feel sympathetic to the murderer, yet also scared.Really though the film is a total farce and is just so very funny that it has become one of my favorite films. Don't take it seriously and don't take it as a pure horror/slasher film because you will be disappointed. Take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy it as a farcical comedy because that is the best way. It does have moments of great suspense, some good shocks, some very scary psychological scenes, and some very brutal moments, but all in all the horror aspects are totally blown away by the comedy. But as Alice Cooper once said, 'every horror film I've ever seen has been a great comedy, except maybe the exorcist because that had a very religious bottom to it'. Cherry Falls is exactly the same, a horror that is a great comedy, but very scary in a psychological sense because the murderer is very twisted and played to perfection. Watch this film, you'll laugh till you hurt and have a great time. 8 out of 10.
Watch this movie for the actors and the script. Seriously. (by Son_of_Mansfield)
Brittany Murphy as the good girl, Michael Biehn as her tough sheriff father, Candy Clark as her overbearing mother, Gabriel Mann as the sensitive boyfriend, Jay Mohr as the villain, Kristen Miller as the experienced girl, and Michael Weston as the comic relief. All played with care, backed by a script that was written by a guy who has seen his fair share of teen slasher movies. The number of good dialogue exchanges laced with black humor should satisfy those who scream instructions during most horror movies. The killer may be easily picked, but Jay Mohr plays him well and the movie is still <more>
enjoyable on repeat viewings as finding the identity of the killer is not the movie's main attraction. If you have taste for a movie which is both subtle and spectacle oriented at times, you will like this movie.*Ben: "She thinks fellatio is a character from Shakespeare, she wouldn't know a d**k if it's name was Woody."***Horny Hooligans: "Hail! Hail! Virgin High! Drop your pants and f*ck or die!"*****Timmy: Holy Hymens, Batman! They're killing virgins!"***