Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2001. Lost Soul Productions, Original Film. Screenplay by Stephen Carpenter. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Stokely Chaffin, Neal H. Moritz. Music by Daniel Licht. Production Design by Larry Fulton. Costume Design by Denise Wingate. Film Editing by Janice Hampton, Todd C. Ramsay.
Laughably bad teen thriller remake of Carnival Of Souls that is never for a moment credible, thanks mostly to a slipshod script (if one even exists) and pathetic performances. Two college couples (Casey Affleck and Melissa Sagemiller, Wes Bentley and Eliza Dushku) go to a goth club one late night after a campus party and get into a bad car accident on the way home. Sagemiller’s heartbreak over boyfriend Affleck dying in the wreck is too hard to get over, and she is plagued by nightmares and visions following his death. But wait! Her friends are kinda acting out of sorts too, spending time with inexplicably weird people (Angela Featherstone as an Annie Lennox-like androgyne is just plain ridiculous) and making up stories about where they spend their time. Why are there evil people everywhere following her? Why is her best friend’s boyfriend trying to get into her pants? Why is this film trying to be a serious horror movie when it’s got a girl getting into the shower with her female best friend and exclaiming “WE’RE FREE!” The plot never gets beyond the momentum of a huge thud, and Bentley, so intense and disturbing in American Beauty, turns out to owe it all to those eyebrows while Luke Wilson seems extremely embarrassed to even appear in his ludricous cameo role.