Lover’s Lane Review (2000)


My History With the Film:
I saw this movie pop up on Amazon Prime and I added it to my Watchlist where it was destined to sit until it expired on Prime and then I removed it. However, while researching teen horror films for this site, I saw the movie mentioned on a couple of lists and decided to give it a go.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A man with a hook who killed victims at a Lover’s Lane comes back thirteen years later to kill their children.

What I Liked About It:
-I found the lead actress Erin J. Dean to be the most impressive of the bunch. Sadly, this was her last credited film.

What I Didn’t Like About It:
-This film looks horrible. It was very low budget and the film that is being streamed on Amazon Prime looked like a workprint with no color correction at all. The film goes in and out of being dark and light, the sound increases and decreases at random, the print also features cigarette burns and some weird copyright towards the beginning printed at the bottom of the screen. This was obviously not a finished product and I’m not sure if this matches up to the DVD release, but it’s one of the worse movie transfers I’ve ever seen released.

-The acting is about as bad as the film quality. It’s an amateur production all the way around.

-The story is unoriginal (just an expanded version of the hook man legend) and the film feels way out of place being made in the late 90’s. It plays out like a really bad 80’s slasher film trying to incorporate the twists of 90’s slashers.

-The kills are off screen for the most part.

Additional Notes:
-One of Anna Farris’ first leading roles who went on to star in the Scary Movie series.

Rating:
This arguably may be the worse movie I’ve ever sat down and watched all the way through. Had it not been for this blog, I would have turned it off after the opening scene. There is nothing redeeming about this film at all. It’s not even fun to see Anna Farris earlier in her career because she is so bad in the film.

I give this film a one out of ten and say avoid it all costs.

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