It’s a simple enough premise – aliens invade a small US town, starting with the teachers at the local high school, and only a -style assortment of students can save the world – but it’s just so stylish and witty.The cast is pretty amazing, packing in Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Clea Duvall, Robert Patrick, and even Jon Stewart, and the aliens are legitimately scary.
The reveal of the killer is kind of awful, but it’s no worse than If you were a girl in your teens when this movie came out, chances are it led you to buy a book on Wicca. It’s a supernatural coming-of-age story, as Sarah (Robin Tunney) starts at a new school and falls in with a clique… As an adult, this film doesn’t stand up quite as well as I’d hoped, but it definitely meant a lot to alternative-leaning bullied teens in the late 90s, and if we have to have a 90s nostalgia fest, message-wise, we could definitely do worse than this tale of finding your power and figuring out who your real friends are.
Another supernatural teen movie, this one was about teenage boys rather than teenage girls, and rather than dealing with bullying and date rape, it was about, um, wanking and killing your parents.
But while the love story in is unrealistic but sort of sweet, the story here is just kind of vile. Kevin Williamson’s script is a post-modern classic, and Neve Campbell is a brilliant final girl, capable of reeling off the mistakes horror movie heroines always make even as she stumbles into making them herself. The plot is incredibly twisty and evil, as two college students attempt to force their roommate into killing himself so they can claim the automatic A-grades their university hands out to trauma victims.
Our hero, Ryan (Shane West) lets sleazy jock Chris (a convincingly awful James Franco) teach him negging in order to win the heart of horrible cool girl Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). The joke about all the cool kids constantly calling Ryan “Brian” is kind of funny, but it’s not enough to redeem this awful rubbish. Wes Craven’s teen slasher played around with the conventions of the genre, including tons of references – some more subtle than others – to earlier horror films, while being scary and gory enough to appeal to a new generation of horror fans. -obsessed teenager, I tried for ages to track it down with no luck. The whole thing is sadistic and slightly ridiculous, but it’s a smart movie with a spiky sense of humour, and Lillard is, as always, wonderful.
In return, he tries to coach Chris on being sweet in order to woo girl-next-door Maggie (Marla Sokoloff). was so successful that it spawned three sequels and single-handedly brought the slasher movie back to life for one… He just wasn’t quite the leading man the filmmakers were hoping. You’ll have seen it, but it’s better than you remember.
Every time it’s on TV I get sucked in and realise how brilliant it is.You’ve probably seen this, you probably remember it, but it’s worth another look anyway., as the new kid in town realises something weird and science-fictiony is happening to the kids at his high school, but it’s not aware enough of its own daftness to really be fun.the TV show had been around for a couple of years when this was released, and it was fun to see her playing against type. It’s hard to deny that was part of the film’s appeal, for much of the audience.As a film, it’s actually not all that great, but it definitely made an impact. I debated even putting it on this list, because while it looks like a teen film, and the plot synopsis initially sounds like one – it’s about a couple of high school girls who accuse their teacher of rape – it’s not really aimed at teenagers.The cast is similarly star-studded – it includes Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl, and Ethan Embry, as well as indie horror darling Katharine Isabelle – but it’s just not very good.