In the dark, no one can see you leave the theater
Kendrik Lau | New York City | 08/17/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The original cover of this teen slasher epic featured a close up of a guy with a plastic bag tight around his head, his mouth wide open in terror. The caption read: Tonight....their cries will fall on dead ears.I would much prefer that cover, because the current one had a picture of the house where this "night of terror" took place, and one of the character....who have an expression on his face like someone had put something up where the sun don't shine. The caption this time reads: In the dark...no one can see you scream.Or leave the theater for that matter.Night Screams like a typical teen slasher movie in which you watch to do the body count. And the body count in this flick reaches double digits. As if that is not enough, the film started with this ill fated couple watching a horror film in which nubile females are offed by a fencing sword. Perhaps they are going for triple digits?Anyway, basically, David, the high school football hero who have to take medication for hyperactivity decided to invite some friends over to his parent's palatial home when they went out to dinner (and it must be a loooooong dinner). And guess what, someone started to knock off the party goers, and in true slasher fashion, everything on the list is used: axe to head, electrocution, poison gas, strangulation, plastic bag suffocation...and yes, even the reliable knife in the back. And of course, in between killings, we get to watch David's parents wine and dine and started to get suspicious when they couldn't get through to the house via telephone.And like all slasher movies, this one also have a twist ending....and everybody amazingly stupid. Like the guy who was suffocated with a plastic bag. Why didn't he just rip it off with his TWO HANDS?Ultimately, Night Screams is standard fare....the acting is average (okay, so it is not Shakespeare), the gore effects is okay. But it is not a scary movie, it is very predicatable and you know when somebody is about to "get it". But if you are in for a film with a high body count, this one is it."