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Starring: Alexandra Morgan, Jo Ann Harris, Sam Groom
Going back to her home town after hearing the news that her sister had died from an accident, journalist Keegan (Jo Ann Harris) choose to stay a while and catch up with her old friends who hadn't seen her in years. She also sparks a relationship with the local sheriff Roger, who suspects the death is far from accidental. True enough, somebody in a balaclava begins to stalk and murder women around town, each killings apparently inspired by a certain game that involved old school movie monsters.
It's a pretty cheap and simple movie, Deadly Games mashed together elements of a thriller, melodrama and slasher horror, shifting tones from scene to scene that ended up with mixed results. At times you'll be laughing at the cheesy romantic approach as montages of lovey-dovey moments between Keegan and Roger play along a hammy-lined ballad, next thing you know you could be on the edge of your seat watching a killer stalk and murder a victim. It's a good way to keep us from expecting the usual fare of slasher trappings of methodical murders but it admittedly killed off some sense of dread up until the last third of the film, which by then took a generally grim turn as those cheeky dramatics are suddenly dropped off and in its place is something unsettling.
Hate it or love it, Deadly Games is a fondue pot of mismatched proportions. Some parts worked but the sum of it all is hardly memorable.
1 female crashes through a window, fell to her death
1 female drowned
1 female strangled
1 female buried alive
1 male shot
1 female murdered offcamera