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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Promising (but gory) slasher flick falls apart, disappoints.

Movie NR 2019 87 minutes
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This amateurish film feels like a bunch of loose ends, which is a shame, since a version of I Know What You Did Last Summer with a non-white cast in South Central Los Angeles sounds like a great idea. But Thriller fails to follow through on any of its themes. Even though it runs less than 90 minutes, it spends a lot of time developing characters and comes up with very little other than the usual high school cliches: the college-bound brain, the football star, the nerd, the celebrity-obsessed girl, the troublemaker, etc. The horror/thriller elements are handled poorly, seemingly inspired by the most bottom-of-the-barrel-slasher films.

Victims run, scream, and hide in the dumbest places, fail to turn around and look behind them, and even fall down while being chased. We even get the typical surprise "nightmare" scene (it was just a bad dream!). Weirdly, the dead girl's twin sister speaks in her voice while looking in the mirror, but nothing comes of it. Perhaps worse, the setting contributes virtually nothing to the story, aside from two little speeches -- one about having to act "hard" to survive in the streets and another about a young man's fate being predetermined by the color of his skin -- that go nowhere. The only thing Thriller really had going for it is sadly squandered in a totally forgettable movie, a surprise dud from Blumhouse and Netflix.

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