Moviegoers and critics have probably praised this as highly entertaining, thrilling, captivating, and maybe even “scary.” To some degree they’re probably right, but it’s also in large parts hacky bullshit, with a propensity to reduce the complexities of life to happy horseshit. If you’re confused, I’ll simplify to keep the word count down:
happy horseshit noun. comforting illusions used to explain away harsh realities.
hack noun. An artistic plagiarist, reusing tropes and ideas from better writers and artists without necessarily copying word for word, motif for motif, but presenting the work as original and creative.
So in other words, pander to the ignorance of your audience to trick them into thinking they saw something “awesome.”
You’ve seen this movie before, probably a couple dozen times. Not just the original miniseries, but every other teen slasher from the last, I don’t know, 50 years or so. Why did you or do you want to see it again? Serious viewers get annoyed with boring stupidity, so if a movie starts dovetailing into easy answers for retarded kids, they start rooting for the antagonist to kill the “good guys” said retarded kids identify with.
Below, a short list of horror flicks with similar story and metaphorical content, but with better artistic judgement and a higher ideological IQ:
The Thing (1982)
Friday the 13th (1980) — also hacky bullshit, but still better than this
House of 1000 corpses (2003) — Rob Zombie is a turd, yet there’s more existential weight in the ridiculous character of Dr. Satan than what this movie ultimately decided Pennywise the clown should be.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)