A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
This one is constructed the way superhero origin stories are. It’s no coincidence that Batman came out five years prior and that both films are scored by Danny Elfman, who, by the way, gives a lot of value to an otherwise questionable production. This feels like it was shot for kids, by kids, which is convenient since the protagonists are kids. Even the gangsters, here, look prepubescent.
Indeed, this supernatural crime film is edulcorated for young audiences. We can see the halfway trigger event coming from miles away. Despite its grotesque premise, there are no surprises here. The bad guys are a terrible casting. They are as credible as their fake fire weapons are. We know they’re criminals because they wear white t-shirts with their logo on them. The logo reads “Vipers”.
Crammed in there is a volatile love story between two teenagers. This relationship should be extremely tragic, but this film is by Full Moon and nothing ever is in this world. The only dramatic aspect about it all is Elfman’s music; a poignant vocal orchestra in the wrong film. Not particularly gory, not at all scary and not sexy, this is a gateway to horror for the young and the uninitiated.