Shredder  - Dann
Director: Greg Huson
Starring: Scott Weinger Lindsey McKeon
Horray for more generic slashers. Let me guess, does it start with a random clip of someone being knocked off by a well-hidden killer. Yes it does! And is that followed by a scene of a bunch of twenty-somethings in a car ride. Wow, right again! It's almost as if this formula was use in other movies. Or every movie.
Not that it was really a bad generic slasher, but it does give me fodder for my list of movies that open with a car ride. Most people think cat's jumping out of closets are the ultimate cliché, but I tell you, I'm on to something here. But of course we don't expect slashers to break much new ground, however we do have a new motive for the killer: failing to obey ski rules. Stupid snowboarding punks.
I suppose 'not following rules' isn't really a new concept for slasher killings, but if academics can take old ideas and apply some small irrelevant niche while calling it new research, movie makers can do the same. This of course goes back to some child who died due to the negligence of some snowboarders, which again is an old concept..but it hadn't been down on a snowy mountain!
Cliché #3 is the shacking up of said twenty-somethings in a building (in this case an old ski resort, but it usually is an abandoned warehouse in most situations). They're there for a weekend of fun, and if I've learned anything in life, it's that trying to have fun will come back to bite you in the end. Not to the point of being killed I suppose, but karma won't let you off that easy. I suppose movies may have taught me this too, but when real life has the chance to give you the business, it's hard to deny it. Anyway this weekend of fun is meant to test out the ski resort that the rich girl's father just bought and intends to open. However the locals don't care much for this idea since they're still mad about the whole 'child dying' thing or something.
So naturally one by one they all start meeting early ends through various means. After each death, the killer takes its anger out on the snowboards by smashing them up into pieces. It also leaves a safety card with each of the bodies just to prove the point that the rules need to be obeyed.
Then of course we can't leave out relationship tension. Can't be without that. Between the guy they pick up with the fake French accents, or the girl who's leading her boyfriend on but hates him, to the girl everyone things is gay because she has short hair, there's enough annoying drama to go around and pad the movie out a bit. But thankfully most die, so you get to enjoy that a bit. In the end, nothing too special as it's still another slasher.
Tags: Car Ride Cliché