It does have its moments. Many of the kills are good. The acting is quite good. The opening sequence of all the kids and counselors around the campfire is well done. But most of the film is dreadfully boring filler. There aren't any story choices that go beyond, "So and so was supposed to be here by now. I better wander into the woods to find them. Be right back." RIP. That happens roughly 37,000 times before anyone realizes what is really going on. And once that happens it's essentially the end of the film.
When I was growing up, I had an odd handful of not very well known movies that for whatever reason I ended up watching and re-watching over and over. Does that still happen? I'm sure it does, but the modern media landscape means that you aren't relegated to the few dozen copies of films that you dubbed onto VHS tapes. Just about everything is available these days. But humans are creatures of habit. I would think that in this time…
Abel Ferrara's best looking film. It's a film of dualities.
The photography captures the contrasts of the decadence of elite Manhattanite dwellings to the filth of the streets. Ferrara's direction teases out the similarities between the two vastly different settings. Then he paints both worlds with a thick coat of sleaze and corruption.
Scenes are filled with well dressed men who suddenly explode into violence, their blood a fresh color on the grim tapestry of the city. The cops who…