Well, it’s almost Halloween. Ah, Halloween, that precious time of year when people, normally in their right minds, dress up as their favorite characters — real and imagined. And it’s the time of year when we actively seek to be frightened out of our minds.
Anticipating this need, MTV produced the original movie, it’s first stab at the horror genre, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, which premieres Friday, October 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
I haven’t seen a horror movie in forever and a day. And I’m not into the whole vampire phenomenon. So, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the indiscriminate spilling of blood and guts.
I know you are nosey…I mean curious…about what goes on in the movie. First, I want to set the proper mood.
Come close to your computer or other device. Turn off the lights…Or should you turn off the lights first and then come close?…Oh, it doesn’t matter.
Here’s the story. This spoiled, mean girl Madison Penrose is planning a blow out, invitation only Sweet 16 bash. And where does Madison want to hold this extravaganza? At some rundown roller rink, The RollerDome, which has been closed for 10 years.
Of course The RollerDome has a creepy history. Flashback to happier times, teens skating. The place is alive and thriving. We see a precious, raven-haired young girl, Skye, and her dad, Charlie Rotter, who manages the place.
As a part of his duties, Charlie must dress up as “Lord of the Rink” (No I’m not making this up) for various events. On this fateful day, Charlie, in full “Lord of the Rink” regalia, must present a birthday cake to obnoxious teen Craig who proceeds to humiliate Charlie by knocking the cake out of his hands. The two get into it. Charlie ends up on the floor. And later, during an after hours visit to the rink, Craig and his girlfriend end up…well, you know.
We also discover that others have incurred Charlie’s wrath. He’s arrested, and in a strange twist of fate, may or may not have died in a fiery police vehicle accident in which several prisoners were burned beyond recognition.
Fast forward to present day. Charlie’s daughter, Skye, is still in town. Now, she’s the high school outcast who just happens to attract the attention of Brigg, Madison’s ex-boyfriend. Madison and her mean girl cronies find out about this travesty and set about to make Skye’s life unbearable.
Back to Madison’s Sweet 16 party.
Meanie Madison hands out gold-covered invites to her faves including ex-beau, Briggs. Briggs, who was going to take Skye on their first date that day, chooses to attend the party instead. Skye and her buddy, what’s his name, decide to crash Madison’s soiree.
And after that, my dear friends, all hell breaks loose.
Well, that’s all you’re going to get out of me. The fun is in the surprise. (and in the blood and gore for you creepier types).
So did I like it? Yeah, surprise, surprise, I did. Was it because of the superior acting and intricate storyline? No, but that’s not the point. The movie is supposed to be campy and over-the-top. Juliana Guill, as Madison, an experienced scream queen having appeared in Friday the 13th, plays the devious, spoiled rich girl with mean-spirited delight. Lauren McKnight as Skye is another horror vet (House of Fear). We empathize with the witty, self-deprecating Skye for we remember the horror that was high school. And then there is Brigg (Chris Zylka of Cougartown). Typical high school jock. Nice guy.We like that he chooses the cool outcast over obnoxious popular girl. Another fantasy.
And Charlie? He’s the typical slasher. Disgruntled man of few words who believes that violence is the solution to every problem. And revenge is always sweet.
What I did find interesting was that the movie seemed to have its Carrie moments. For those not versed in the horror genre, Carrie is the classic film directed by Brian DePalma, based on the Stephen King novel and starring a very young Sissy Spacek. My Super Psycho Sweet 16 is no way nearly as dark. And no one gets doused in pig’s blood nor is there a hand reaching from beyond the grave. But there is that big moment that, let’s say, ruins the party for good and a turn of events, or rather a change of heart, we may not have anticipated.
That’s it. No more.
So, horror movies are supposed to make you scream out loud, cover your eyes and cringe with disgust. And the really great ones keep you awake at night, hiding under the covers and fearful of tall, thick foliage that could serve as perfect hiding place. I did scream aloud and cringed more than once. But as for keeping me awake at night, we’ll see about that…