Diablo Cody, the writer, is talented and this movie is well written.
Megan Fox, the lead, is talented (shocking? yes) and she plays the part well.
Amanda Seifriend and Johnny Simmons, the co-leads, are both fine.
Unfortunately, the movie is not great. It is, however, a perfect example of an attempt to make a horror movie for a non horror audience. Tonally, and visually, it doesn't feel like a horror movie and when it does approximate it... it's essentially channeling an episode of Buffy or Supernatural... not that that's necessarily a bad thing... its just not really that fun.
I'm a fan. I love the minimalism, the languid pace, the long takes, the pop psychology and 70's sex comedy holdover characters, the doomsayer, the iconic sound track etc, etc, etc...
I'd love have seen this at a time when the gore was actually shocking... as now it only plays as brief segues.
Comparing this to Halloween is completely unfair. John Carpenter was attempting to make a film, Sean Cunningham is attempting to make money.
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It has the near porno-set-dressing visual esthetics, slow zooms and one liners of its fellow crown international pictures... and I won't deny to be fond of those things... but... It's also incredibly misogynistic (even by 80's slasher standards) and has ZERO sympathetic characters.
On a positive note, it does have a radio DJ who seems to be the perfect amalgamation of rick moranis and art bell.