What to say if you liked it
A chilling contemporary synthesis of The Omen, Carrie and Dawson’s Creek.
What to say if you didn’t like it
A heavily diluted horror that dumps Satan’s daughter in the shape of absurdly perfect teenager Christina in the hellish town of Point Pleasant as part of a diabolical version of Devil Swap.
What was good about it?
• The town of Point Pleasant is so malevolently superficial, even Satan would be fearful of his daughter being corrupted in ways beyond his evil imagination. It’s an eerie place that seems to be founded on the callous ageist principles practised in Logan’s Run where there is nobody aged over 30, unless you agree to have surgery to look more youthful like Jesse’s mother who only appears to be about five years older than him.
• The gradual influence of Christina’s inadvertent menace being felt by the oblivious denizens of Point Pleasant, such as slapper Paula giving in to the advances of Terry and Paula and boyfriend Jesse (also the object of Christina’s jealous teenage lust) narrowly escaping their exploding jeep.
• The sinister demise of Christina’s guardian Harland in a swarm of flies, after he tries to murder her in a church to prevent the propagation of her evil.
What was bad about it?
• The inhabitants are too beautiful and immaculate – you imagine that any flab spoiling the flawless muscular tone of a teenage boy is scraped off with spades as though it were stubborn snow on the road, while any young woman even browsing clothes above a size 8 is burnt at one of their many bonfire beach parties as an unclean, polluting influence.
• The characters are so universally shallow. Terry even reacted when taunted with the mindless insult “if you were a real man”, which these days only provokes to anger teenage thugs who live in forests on a diet raw meat and heavily advertised lager.
• The mournful choral music to indicate a spooky event.