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Studio:Jeff Wadlow
Director:Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Jon Bon Jovi
Release Date:2005
Genre:Horror, Suspense

By Bret McCabe | Posted 9/21/2005

Writer/director Jeff Wadlow predicates this thriller on one of life’s few universal, undisputed facts: teenagers suck. British transfer student Owen (Julian Morris) arrives at a rural Northeast private school and walks right into the inner circle of stereotypes at the cool-kids table: Tom (Jared Pdalecki), the affable dude; Regina (Kristy Wu), the sarcastic Asian chick in glasses; Randall (Jesse James), the pierced rebel boy; Lewis (Paul James), the black guy; Mercedes (Sandra McCoy), the curvy Latina; and Dodger (Lindy Booth), the ice queen—only this time, she’s red-headed instead of blond. At night they play mind games with each other, and when a young townie woman is murdered they decide to prank the whole school by forwarding a fake e-mail to the students that says the murder is the first in a serial killer’s spree, similar to one that occurred years before at another school—lies that Owen starts to believe somebody might be trying to make come true. Wadlow cleverly works horror and teen-flick conventions without resorting to meta-Scream schemes, dishing out plot twists instead of in-jokes. And while Wolf turns itself around one too many bends, it does deliver one genuine fright: journalism professor Jon Bon Jovi.

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