Reviewed by: Gabe Rodriguez
|Featuring:||Joshua Jackson, Craig T Nelson, Paul Walker, Hill Harper, Steve Harris|
|Producer:||Christopher Ball, Neil Moritz, John Pogue|
I must say that when a friend proposed that we go see the new teen “horror” flick, “The Skulls”, I was rather taken aback. I didn’t want to see yet another teen slasher movie filled with gore and violence. But, reader’s pay attention, “The Skulls” was not only a serious guilty pleasure, it’s not a horror movie at all. It’s a fun and gripping thriller on the level of “The Firm”.
Joshua Jackson stars as Luke, a college senior who is drafted to become a member of a strange and ominous secret society called “The Skulls” simply because he is a champion rower. But after he joins, and gets many cushy benefits of membership, a strange and mysterious plot twist causes Luke to accidentally spill the secrets of “The Skulls,” and now they want him and his girlfriend Chloe (played very well by the charming Leslie Bibb) dead.
While this film is extremely campy and not very well scripted, it is without doubt a fun time. The thrills come without the gore that’s so widely seen in teen horror films. Offensive material is surprisingly sparse. There are a few intense chase scenes, as well as about 10 s-words and a brief steamy make-out scene. But there’s no gore, no nudity, no real sex, and a low level of profanity, all of which makes “The Skulls” a good choice for your teen who’s dying to see a “scary movie”. A total blast.