Blood Moon

Starring: Leon Lissek, Christine Armor and Ian Williams
Momentum Pictures

RRP: 12.99
Certificate: 15
Available 24 October 2005

In a small Australian coastal town a rich boys' boarding school is situated conveniently only a stone's throw from a girls' Catholic school. Naturally, as most of them seem to be teenagers, there are inevitable illicit pairings. In between partying, fighting or attending mass, a young couple meet in the woods behind the school for some extra-curriculum canoodling (I say, that's outrageous!). Unfortunately, they end up screaming in pain rather than pleasure, as an unseen assailant brutally dispatches them using a barbed wire garrotte and removes the bodies. Of course, the school authorities assume the two young lovers have eloped. However, as the bodies of students begin to mount, realisation hits the town that there is a serial killer at large. Is it the lone, disapproving, nun at the Catholic school? Could it be the initially uninterested sheriff? Or the love-struck boy student? Maybe it's Mr Jenkins, caretaker of the spooky abandoned amusement park (sorry, I went into Scooby-Doo mode there for a moment)? Or perhaps it's the biology teacher who keeps human eyes in a jar, and whose wife blatantly parades her adultery in front of him. Hmm... Let me think now...

I have to say, you would pretty much have to be one apple short of a teacher not to guess who the killer is right from the start. The whole thing attempts to peg itself alongside more well-known teen horror flicks of the time (Halloween and Friday 13th have a lot to answer for), but falls short in most categories. I would go as far as to say it's ludicrous but in an enjoyable way. The best way to watch this movie is with friends and beers, when you could immensely enjoy ridiculing ever moment, because the action is more likely to make you laugh than jump. The first thing you will laugh at is the character's hairstyles; 1989 was the height of 'big hair' popularity.

Is the music composer the same Brian May as used to play guitar for rock legends Queen? If so, he needs a lesson in subtlety. A film score should quietly enhance the mood of the piece, not clout you around the head with what you should be seeing and feeling.

Not bad, just a very average try at a horror/thriller. If you want to see a horror film that's so clichéd it's good, get yourself a copy of My Bloody Valentine, which shamelessly steals more established modern horror folklore than Scream.

Ty Power

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