My guess is that nine out of ten people would choose the hockey mask that adorns every cover from part three up until the most recent entry as the series' most memorable attribute. You could fall asleep halfway through this movie, wake up at the end and still not really miss anything, it's that simple. You'd miss a few killings, but they're not exactly horrific anyway. Ryan gets a message from Rick on his that he wants to see him, so he leaves only to find a grave dug in the forest. The story does keep you guessing, and it's not a bad twist on a few familiar old premises. Watching this film was like being paid a visit by the dentist from the marathon man. From the twist at the lake where the killer is revealed to the way it still uses the identity-twists to the action-packed chase through the woods and the confrontations all come through nicely, it all works nicely and come together for a satisfying conclusion.
I wondered if now, after stealing from the classics has almost become a necessity, I might find that I could re-evaluate it. If they play their cards right it could make a few great sequels with a franchise killer. These aren't bloody at all, and we really don't have too much at that when we get them. At night, the counselors are having a bonfire when Angela suggests a game of Bloody Murder. But this story definitely suffers from being filmed wholly in broad daylight in a random yet clearly inhabited suburb with a shoestring production budget. Mike flees, but is caught by the deputies and taken to prison.
When her fellow counselors start vanishing, Julie Jessica Morris realizes that the Moorehouse legend is all too true and that her chances of survival are dwindling rapidly. There is barely any horror. The last plus here is the fact that the film has a really strong finale. There aren't any original ideas displayed in this film. We get severed body parts and tons of blood. There's very little to put into words about Bloody Murder, because basically if you've even seen one of the many other stabs at a 'campsite massacre' flick, you'll know exactly what to expect from this mediocre muddle.
Friday the 13th meets Clue? F13 and Bloody Murder share many things in common: they have bad acting, bad scripting, bad scoring, bad directing, bad sound effects, tiny budget, you get the idea. The killer in here is a joke, on several levels. The scene detailing the theory about the killing over the course of activity while a movie distracts the others is also a novel idea brilliantly executed. One of my favourites involved a Lawn Dart and a dodgeball, but that's toward the end anyhow. Angela, upset, wanders off herself, while Tracy begins to believe something strange is happening at the camp.
Anyways this lame Friday the 13th clone has a group of insipid camp counselors being targeted by a hockey-masked maniac. When they soon start to disappear, their strained tensions don't agree on the belief that local legend Trevor Moorehouse is the cause of the events, until they realize a masked slasher is loose around camp and soon fight to get away from the maniac. Watching this film was like being flayed. Firstly I must make an apology for my economical write-up of this routine entry into the 'killer in the woods' plotline. James is then confronted by someone dressed as Trevor Moorehouse, who chops off his legs with a , before crushing his head with a rock, killing him. Only thing here are clichés that have been tapped into so much that they're annoying now, even if the filmmakers are trying to make fun of them. Because he's Trevor Moorehouse, the most evil man in America! This man is a cult-hero and pop-craze phenom! The next morning, Tracy and Mike make up, before the counselors meet in the for breakfast with an angry Rick who tells the group that James left a note saying he was leaving the camp.
The limited budget shows mostly in the audio and the budgetary restrictions of location shooting. I wondered exactly how much barefaced flagging I would find craftily concealed within the runtime and was looking forward to playing 'spot the influence' if things got a little too tedious. It's fun, it's cheesy, and it has a really nice camp location. About 5-6 years ago I discovered a horror movie at Family Video called Bloody Murder 2. Its funny to see after 20 years after the horror classics were made that they are still ripping them off! I kept hoping that she would be next to meet the blade of the psycho, but no such luck, we were stuck with her unconvincing warbling right up until the end. It had the potential to be really good and it wasn't. I mean come on look at it.
Bloody Murder is pretty much a straight forward rip off of the Friday the 13th movies. The mask the killer uses is a hockey mask similar to Jason's. John Stevenson should be ashamed for writing this garbage and Ralph Portillo should be embarrassed for directing this. Yep, we're not trying to add anything new to the formula here; instead they just rehash the age-old platitudes without bothering to add anything remotely plausible or authentic. Sure, the plot holes were still there, but the large amount of action and humour really meant that I could overlook the poor continuity. After being killed at the end of 'Bloody Murder', Jason's body apparently was never found. A waste of digital pixels or film if that was used.
The movie is devoid of good writing, and a good story, but being a fan of independent horror I mean really low budget productions I think the movie was really well put together considering the budget and what actors they had. People people, yes, this movie may lack. We get a mystery that attempts to convey itself smartly and I loved the flashbacks that demonstrate how a certain suspect could have committed each murder. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Bloody Murder is that it was successful enough to spawn a sequel that was a damn site better than this. Sadly this doesn't even manage to be unintentionally amusing, it's just despicable. Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies.