I am pleased to announce my participation in Final Girl's Film Club! I have been reading Stacie's blog for a while now, and have posted a comment or two over there. When I read that she wanted to start a film club, I got pretty excited since it was her blog that inspired my own.
Stacie picked out the movie Bloody Murder (1999) as the one to start things off with. At first I thought Bloody Murder might be a Friday The 13th rip off, a man in a hockey mask, a summer camp, a creepy old man giving warnings, and a legend about a killer that lives in the woods. I don't know if we ever see the local killer, Trevor Moorhouse, or not. They talk about him a lot, but it turns out he isn't the killer for our story. All we know is that someone is killing off the counselors that are trying to set up the camp before the kids get there.
The effects for Bloody Murder were terrible. Considering all the killings that take place, we get very little blood. A couple of the counselor's get arrows through them, one gets his throat cut and so on. The throat getting cut was probably the worst effect I have seen in a movie so far. All we get is a red line across the throat. No blood is flowing from the wound, even though it is supposed to be deep enough to keep him from calling out loud enough to be heard. At one point there appears to be two cuts. To finish him off the killer uses one of those claw things, that is a gardening tool. He plunges this thing into the counselor's back, and now we have a dead counselor. The problem with this scene is that it is very obvious the claw tool never goes through the shirt, much less skin.
I didn't really get the police in this movie. They bring one guy in for questioning. But when another counselor disappears, they simply bring him back and then let him go. They arrest another guy, thinking he is doing the killing. Once it is discovered that he isn't the killer, the police come back out to catch the real killer, and bring this guy with them. I would think they would leave him back at the station, in order to keep him out of danger, at least I would have.
Was it just me or did it take them a long time to walk from place to place? Just a walk down to the lake seemed like an all day trek to me. As you can see, I don't have a whole lot of good things to say about Bloody Murder. The plot could be confusing at times, the effects were poor at best, and the acting wasn't much better. Even so, I had fun being part of the film club, and I'm looking forward to the next movie that Stacie picks out for us.
2 out of 5 Dead Counselors
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