Elisha Cuthbert, Jared Padalecki, Paris Hilton, and Chad Michael Murray make this film epic, though it would still impress without them. They’re not just talented actors, they remind us of people we know. They make this film fun and comfortable before it gets increasingly dark. This is the second time this story gets remade, and it is quite an enhancement. It’s a slasher with an edge.
The writers know what a good movie is and that’s exactly what they’re giving us. They bank on common horror tropes, half the time, and somewhat re-invent them otherwise. The antagonists follow the same logic. We’ve seen their patterns before, but never quite like this. The budget is substantial, and the movie needs it to tell a big story. The set decoration and the special effects are massive.
Some of the pain inflicted is atrocious and, at times, hard to watch. The gore is brilliant. In regard to who bites the dust and in which order, the script does a pretty good job of keeping us guessing and on the edge of our seat. Personality flaws end up being assets. People we thought were protected by the writers get mutilated. You just can’t take anything for granted. Great flick!