Blu-ray Review: CHERRY FALLS

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CHERRY FALLS was directed by Geoffrey Wright and stars Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, Michael Biehn, Gabriel Mann, Candy Clark, Amanda Anka,  Michael Weston, Jesse Bradford, Zachary Knighton, Clementine Ford and D.J. Qualls.

Lose your innocence…or lose your life. This the 2000 teen slasher takes place in the peaceful small town of Cherry Falls, Virginia where a serial killer is on the loose. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town’s students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and begin planning a “Pop Your Cherry” party where they will all lose their virginities together. Meanwhile, Jodi Marken (Brittany Murphy), the virtuous daughter of the town’s sheriff, Brent Marken (Michael Biehn), decides to take matters into her own hands and trap the killer herself.

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The deaths cause panic in the small community including the local high school where the students are encouraged to “pop their cherry” if you know what I mean. Jody is a prime candidate since she hasn’t slept with her boyfriend Kenny (Gabriel Mann) yet and now her sheriff father is encouraging her to do so. There’s also the high school teacher Leonard Marliston (Jay Mohr) who oddly enough is in the mix of things and ends up playing a key part in uncovering why these murders are happening. A small group of people have been covering up a tragic secret for 25 years about what they did to Lora Lee Sherman and the secret has now come back to haunt them. Ultimately all is revealed and Jody comes face to face with the serial killer who has saved the best for last but this young girl has some fight in her and ends up getting a little surprise help to put a stop to this psychopathic killer.

The opening scene for Cherry Falls is just like so many other teen slashers as the viewer gets to watch a young couple that’s making out get massacred by a mysterious masked killer. This sets everything up perfectly. The story for Cherry Falls is smart and fun and it’s almost like a slasher and murder mystery all rolled into one movie. The movie doesn’t play by the rules because most horror movies save the virgins for last and in this case they’re the ones being targeted. Scream paved the way for many teen slashers to follow and this one is more of the obscure ones. The movie never made it to theaters so instead it was the first of its kind to premiere on cable television on USA Network. Cherry Falls has a fantastic cast led by the late Brittany Murphy and there’s also the iconic Michael Biehn as well as a few young actors who had barely gotten their feet wet in the trade so be sure you check out the credits for this teen slasher. The downfall for the movie is the fact that it’s a slasher and doesn’t really have any gore at all. Sure there’s some blood but that’s about it.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features an image from the movie. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Cherry Falls is another deserving teen slasher that Scream paved the way for. Sure the movie has it’s flaws with the biggest one being the lack of gore but the great casting choices and smart story make up for its shortcomings a little. The movie has a fun story that’s even a little bizarre at times that includes these interesting and oddball characters that drive everything and director Geoffrey Wright captured all of this to near perfection. I actually remember watching this movie when it first premiered on USA Network back in 2000 and wondered why a movie with this talented cast never made it to the theaters. All of this is explained in the special features! I don’t guess I had watched Cherry Falls since then and it was fun revisiting this strange little teen slasher. Cherry Falls finally makes its Blu-ray debut on March 29th and is definitely worth checking out. I might even chalk this one up as a cult classic.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The Blu-ray is packed with all-new extras including audio commentary with some of the cast and crew. There’s also some vintage extras that have been imported over from the previous DVD release.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Geoffrey Wright
  • NEW Lose it or Die: The Untold Story of Cherry Falls-  interviews with writer and Co-Executive Producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger (24:30)
  • NEW Cherry Falls Deputy Mina – an interview with Amanda Anka (07:40)
  • Vintage Interviews with Brittany Murphy, Michael Biehn, Jay Mohr and director Geoffrey Wright (06:26)
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage (04:32)
  • Original Script (BD-Rom)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:47)


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