Most Likely To Die review: Formulaic, dull and unimaginative.
Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Cast: Heather Morris, Jake Busey, Perez Hilton
Running Time: 90 minutes
Synopsis: A group of ex-high-school students reconnect just before their ten year reunion only to find themselves picked off one by one by someone, or something with a score to settle.
When your biggest cast members are actors from tween show Glee (Morris), the son of a faded Eighties star (Busey) and a celebrity blogger (Hilton), you know you’re in trouble. Couple that with an uninspired and undercooked narrative and it’s a wonder Most Likely To Die ever made it out of post-production.
The film starts off with a scantily clad female walking around a house channelling Denise Richard‘s Valentine character as she essentially wanders around shouting ‘here killer, killer’. Sadly none of the other character’s are much smarter. The group all arrive at their meet up destination and find that their host is nowhere to be seen. Rather than worrying about his whereabouts they proceed to make themselves at home. Even when confronted with some blown up posters one of which has a red X on, they don’t get riled up at all. Only once they discover their first body do they think that maybe something is amiss.
The ‘Most Likely’ posters might not make much sense in the film, they do however act as a handy here’s whose still alive for the audience. This device is needed greatly as, other than the girl from Glee and Perez Hilton, it’s hard to tell who anybody else is.
Most Likely To Die does nothing to further the slasher genre, instead it further exacerbates the clichés we’ve all come to know and dislike. Even the killer’s guise feels dated, and given the plot revolves around a school reunion, a graduation gown and papier-mâché mask isn’t really thinking outside of the box.
Had Most Likely To Die been released around the same time as Scream then maybe, just maybe, it wouldn’t have been too bad. Coming almost twenty years, (yes folks we’re old) after Wes Craven‘s game changer, Most Likely To Die is formulaic, dull and unimaginative.
Most Likely To Die review, Kat Hughes, August 2015.
Most Likely To Die screens as part of the Frightfest programme on Sunday 30th August.