Most Likely To Die: Film Review
Most Likely To Die

Most Likely To Die: Film Review

Most Likely To Die: Film Review

directed by Anthony DiplasiĀ 
starring Jake Busey and Perez Hilton

I’ll admit, when it comes to horror movies, I’m a big fan of the slasher genre. It’s a shame however that the slasher style of horror hasn’t been made into an effective film since…I don’t know, the first Scream? So when it comes to the latest slasher-effort, being in the form of Most Likely To Die, this critic is here to say this film has no plan on changing that.

With the typical opener of a victim being dispatched by the central masked serial killer, this one being a crazed and of course grudge-ridden past high school student, who appears in his very own neck-slashing cap and gown, the film starts at ridiculous and brutal and then chuggs along from there, where in a quick-flash we’re propelled into a high school reunion ten years after the “characters” displayed graduated, where the jumble of a cast is tossed around the plot like monkeys in a barrel. I’ll say this though, the lack of distinction that usually goes into this genre’s kind of characters (the nerd, the slut, the jock, the regular joe, the outcast) is completely dismantled here. What purpose does each person here serve to the story? Who cares! These late twenty-something going no-wheres are strictly just getting together in a Topanga Canyon mansion for rekindling, partying, random sex, and of course, bloody dismemberment.

Luckily, the cast gives it their all most of the time, even when given the worst of lines, though some of the scenes do actually provide some great dialogue exchange and character develop with a hint of mystery for some of them. And even at times, there are hints of visual-brilliance. Now, why is this masked-killer coming after them? Whatever did they do? If you figure that one out let me know, as I got distracted by the end of the film wondering how many more standard cliches I would have to see. The best and most hilarious would have to be when all of their cars won’t start, where one female character hilariously states that she’s not walking down the hill in these heels.

The killings themselves are justifiably brutal, particularly a scene involving a switch blade and a hockey stick. And I never really thought that a graduation-cap could be such a weapon of mass destruction. But the real issue here I would have to say is the approach of director Anthony Diplasi, where sequences are not strung together as much as they are carelessly tossed into the mix. No…what’s really missing here is a lack of passion and creative effort. Who’s behind the killings? What really happened on that graduation day? Is one of the main cast involved? Hey, the mystery is ultimately what this movie has going for it, and it dishes it out pretty effectively, at least to it’s standards. But the way this scare-show is delivered, it doesn’t come off sure of itself, and only attempts to just get to the next killing, without trying to add suspense or originality into anything. If this film proves anything, it’s that the slasher-genre is really the one most likely to die.


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