Director – John Blanchard
Cast – Harley Cross, Aimee Graham, Chris Palermo, Simon Rex, Danny Strong, Tom Arnold, Tiffani Thiessen, Julie Benz, Coolio
Release Year – 2000
Reviewed by John of the Dead
All my life I have enjoyed silly parody films like Hot Shots and Airplane, so it should come as no surprise that a parody film centering on the horror slasher sub-genre would have my devout interest. I enjoyed Scary Movie, and while it made its money and gathered its fans we were given another parody of the slasher sub-genre debuting the same year as Scary Movie, but to a much smaller DTV audience…Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th. Understandably, there is a reason why this film did not attain the popularity that Scary Movie did, and that is because this isn’t as good as the Wayans Brothers film. However, this watch delivers enough chuckles and insane antics to provide a decent watch in the end, just as long as you know what you are getting into.
Dawson(Harley Cross; The Believers, The Fly II) is a new transfer student seeking a new beginning at Bulimia Falls High School. He makes friends with a colorful group of students who each share a dark secret, which exposes he and his friends to a masked killer slowly killing off the group. With a slithery reporter and a dumbass police officer always on their tail and doing little to help, the must fend for themselves against this vengeful killer, a vengeful killer with a close relation to them.
I find it pretty odd that this film shares the exact same plot as Scary Movie, which in a sense makes this a parody of a parody. If you have seen Scary Movie then you should not be surprised at some of the antics that go on in this watch, although writers Sue Bailey and Joe Nelms included enough original material to make this film their own. I was surprised at how much I laughed during this experience given I had not seen this film since I was a freshman in high school(a decade ago), and it goes to show that despite the film’s bad rap and low ratings all over the web it consists of humor that can carry its own weight, regardless of how unoriginal it is. The first two acts of the story were dead-on funny and kept me fully engaged, although I must at mid that the story lost momentum during its mediocre third act, which consisted of some pretty stupid and unlikable scenes, and poor usage of its characters. Thankfully, the first two acts did enough to somewhat make up for the third act, although I will be fair and say that aside from the humor the entire film is not a very good one.
Director John Blanchard did a mostly positive job delivering the cheeze and the laughs, with quirky execution and some decent gore during the few(sadly) scenes that called for it. The acting performances from our multiple characters were good as well, but mainly because they came just as they were meant to be…cheezy and stupid. So why give this a 5-rating if I enjoyed it? Well, because it is what it is, and what it is is a bad movie that I feel has enough good elements to warrant a mediocre rating. I would not say that Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th(way too long) is a movie that is “so bad it’s good!”, but for a bad movie it sure does give a fair amount of enjoyment to the open-minded viewer.
Overall, Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th is another horror parody that due to its story is a parody of a parody. We get some good laughs and mostly-positive execution, but in the end the story loses steam and results in just a mediocre film at best. If you’ve got nothing to do late at night this may be worth a shot.