Greenlighting this updated Red Riding Hood must have seemed like a no-brainer; combine the current trend for modern gothic – angst-ridden vampires and emotionally conflicted werewolves – with the familiar set up of an ever-green fairy tale, a beautiful cast and the director of the teen behemoth Twilight and you’ve got a sure fire winner, right? But, as so often happens, it seems that so much stock has been placed in replicating a seemingly winning formula that no care was taken to ensure that the resulting film had any emotional heart, or even a cohesive narrative.
FrightFest 2010 kicked off in style with the world premiere of Adam Green’s long-awaited sequel Hatchet II, which returns to the Louisiana swampland home of deformed boogeyman Victor Crowley. Attending the screening with the director were stars Danielle Harris – who takes over the lead role of Marybeth from original actress Tamara Feldman – and horror legends Kane ‘Jason Voorhees’ Hodder, who takes the role of Victor Crowley, and Tony ‘Candyman’ Todd, who plays the mysterious Reverend Zombie. They spoke about making the movie…
Like TV hit Skins – with which it bears more than a passing resemblance – Cherrybomb distills the modern youth experience into an orgy of drink, drugs and stupid decisions. Grint impresses, in his first post-Harry Potter role, as Malachy, whose attempts to beat best pal Luke (Misfits star Sheehan) to the heart – and bed – of temptress Michelle (Nixon) bring life-shattering consequences.
Despite his efforts, and the film’s attempts to shock, it’s pretty pedestrian stuff, and won’t hold much interest for anyone on the wrong side of 20. 2 stars
There’s a making of, plus interviews with Sheehan and Grint. 2 stars
This review was originally published in movieScope Issue 18
Stars Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon
Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn
Format DVD & Blu-ray
Released August 23