Review: My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3

A Super Boring Made-For-TV Horror Movie Part 3

First, I should make it clear that I’ve seen far worse films than this. It may seem like I come down hard on it, and I may, but that’s because I feel it’s a bit of a disappointment. It does nothing special, and the fact that it was specifically made to air on cable television limited its potential. I often feel censorship–as much as I dislike it–brings an interesting challenge to the genre, and that the challenge shouldn’t be seen as, “Can we make a slasher film work within the confines of a TV-14 rating?” but rather, “What can we do to make this movie stand out?” Shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and really, every other movie on the Syfy Channel are “edgier” than this film, and the fact that it doesn’t try anything unconventional given the limitations its imposed with from the start is a real shame.

It’s not all bad, however. The lead actress, Lauren McKnight, has real potential in the genre. She’s a strong heroine, and any up-and-coming horror director looking for a potential break-out star would do well to cast her. As Skye Rotter, she’s limited by the mediocre script and by-the-numbers direction, but in the right hands, she could be something special.


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