Monday, May 26, 2014
Wish I may, Wish This film Might: Spliced (2002)
Starring: Ron Silver, Liane Balaban, Drew Lachey
Funny how a film you obsessively watch during a phase from your boyhood can sometimes turn into something less worthy of your obsession by the time you re-watch it with a more experienced understanding.
Take Spliced for example, a low brow "slasher" movie about Mary, your average horror fanatic with a severe sleepwalking issue that always ending up her screaming wide awake on the streets, in the middle of the night. Her dad thinks the cause of all this is her unhealthy loyalty to the subgenre but Mary, of course, thinks this is just a load of bullcrap and went out one night to see a box-office slasher called The Wisher against her pa's wishes. (see what I did there? hehe) Unfortunately, tragedy strikes when pops swerves into a car crash on his way to get her off the theater.
Six weeks after the incident, a guilt stricken Mary begins to see the same ghoulish character from the last horror movie she saw and it is somehow making some of her wishes come true in a grisly fashion. (Want a day off from school? Arson! Want a friend to shut up? Tongue cut off!) It's not too long before Mary gets really suspicious and starts dwelling into the film one last time, hoping to find some answers before the death toll gets any higher.
I like the idea of wish related slashers ever since I lay eyes on the first Wishmaster movie back when VHS was still popular but making one work with such a meager budget can and will always be challenging. Spliced certainly got a great plot but the execution was less than exciting as more satirical stabs where done through cheesy dialogue than actual murders, putting up a kill count so low it's criminal. (Harm Count's pretty high, though. Perhaps it deserve a few points for that?)
Nothing really inspiring from this. Give it a shot when you want to waste some cable TV time.
1 male killed in car crash
1 female slashed across with glass shards