I didn’t know much about this movie before watching it other than it is one of the earlier slasher films that tried to cash in on the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th. Really, that was all I needed to know because I enjoy early ’80s low budget slashers. Just like any good slasher movie, this one focuses on a special occasion/holiday — weddings. Makes me think of the Alice Cooper song “Roses on White Lace” (knowing Alice, that song very well may have been based on this movie!).
As far as most slashers go, this one was actually pretty mild on the violence and gore. Sure, you may see a knife going into a person or about to cut someone, but there was no follow through with a blood & guts visual. Usually screams replaced the actual violence and I think the only blood you actually see is one someone’s hands when they’ve checked the body. Suspense & dread was more what this movie was about as the lead character is stalked seemingly forever and you’re left wondering when the killer is FINALLY going to strike. Just stab her already !!! ;-)
Still, I wasn’t bored with this one at all. The characters were likeable and there weren’t any cringe-worthy actors here either (Don Scardin and Caitlin O’Meady carried the film well). Speaking of actors, this film had quite a cast of supporting characters: Tom Hanks (in his film debut), James Rebhorn and Paul Gleason. Even Steve James (American Ninja) has a brief role. Rumor has it Tom Hanks’ character was initially scripted to be killed off, but the producers like Tom so much, they allowed him to live. Awwwww…
This is by no means an under appreciated classics, but it’s surprisingly good and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we get a remake of this one (hey, if someone is willing to make freakin’ Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine…).
Two severed thumbs up from me and it was the perfect movie for me to watch on this cold, wet dreary Fall evening!