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As scary as a bucket of cotton candy...
on November 8, 2014
I honestly thought I'd love this because I'm a Wes Craven fan, a horror fan, and furthermore my one friend (who is a movie maven) recommended this. I saw critical reviews of this and I was pre-judging and saying 'those people don't know what they're talking about'. Well, now that I've actually SEEN this, I can say it sucks. Yes, SUCKS.
Wes was just getting his feet wet here, so it's hard to blame him fully. Though even in much later films he has made he always seemed to have this 'goofy' element creep in. Which can be cool but often detracts from the horror part.
Basically what was probably a 10/10 script got delivered in a shoddy fashion. The story is great, disturbing, and very humanly possible. However, this movie had kinda crappy acting in spots and they played this ATROCIOUS yokel schmokel music that was SO campy that it made it all seem like a joke. It was not scary at all. I know sometimes playing upbeat music can add special contrast and accentuate the sinister but this music just sucked and ruined so much. For example, playing a quiet music box type thing (which is normally s'posed to sound 'pleasing') during a dark moment makes it so much more badass. Playing cruddy howdy do country music makes it seem like a bad outtake from America's Funniest Home videos.
Haven't seen the remake of this movie, but dang this had so much potential to be so raw and potent but it ends up being limp. The one main thing I liked was the ending, it was kinda fun in a psycho way. The whole movie is worth seeing once maybe.