Saturday, July 01, 2006

"Adam & Evil" review

Adam & Evil (2004)

Directed by Andrew Van Slee
Writing credits Andrew Van Slee

Sean Arnfinson.... Adam
Lynsey Brothers.... Yvette
Erica Cerra.... Yvonne

I bought this video for three bucks. There's a bloody skull, (in the shape of an apple with a stem on top), with a snake crawling through an eye socket on the video box cover. I was kind of expecting to see some sort of biblical horror flick. I don't bother reading the back of video boxes anymore. I find that the back of the box is usually just as misleading as the front. Although if I had taken the time to read it, I would have realized that this is just another low budget teen slasher movie. So a bunch of teens head to the lake to party down. There's a mad killer hanging out with them. Soon the teens will meet their fate as they bicker and argue about the best way to survive.

Slasher movies are about the slasher, not the victims. The successful slasher flicks, (Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc.), realize that the victims are nothing more than vessels for future blood and guts spilling. The star of the show is the crazed killer. "Adam and Evil" makes the fatal mistake of assuming that we actually care about these people. A lot of the movie is shot like an annoying teen flick with musical montage segments of the gang having fun. The killer is kept a mystery throughout the movie and is only revealed in the last ten minutes. When the killer is finally revealed, it's a huge letdown. "Adam and Evil" is pretty pointless with lots of arguing teen scenes and not enough mad killer scenes. Most of the girls were hot, especially the "brainy" girl, and we do get a brief topless scene but it's not enough to save this one. It can be avoided.

SCORE: 1 out of 4 annoying teen victims

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