Lovers Lane (1999) – Film Review
Director: Jon Steven Ward
Cast: Matt Riedy, Erin J Dean, Riley Smith
By Roger Crow
Thirteen years ago, two separate couples were slaughtered in their cars by a hook-handed killer.
County Sheriff Tom Anderson has just about come to terms with the fact that it was his wife who died in another man’s car on that night. His daughter Mandy, who as a four-year-old saw her mother’s corpse carried away from the scene, has a different take on things.
It doesn’t help that her classmate, Michael, lost his dad to the same homicidal maniac in that night’s incident.
As another Valentine’s Day comes round, reports arrive that the man arrested as “The Hook” has just broken out of his asylum.
So that’s the plot, but is it any good? Well, imagine a version of Scream made by a crew who turn out those awful TV movies that populate Channel 5 most weekday afternoons. There’s no chance of seeing this offering in the afternoon on terrestrial TV. Maybe late night on one of those lesser channels.
The script is yawnsome, the acting humdrum, and the editing just okay. Scenes last slightly too long. And that final minute. Just ugh.
If you love good thrillers, then you won’t want to waste your time with this derivative load of old tosh. Just watch the original Halloween, Scream 2, or the Happy Death Day movies. And if you really must watch a hook-handed killer movie, then Candyman (1992) or the recent reboot are well worth a look.
Star-spotters will see Anna Faris in one of her first movies, but that’s about as interesting as this gets. Which isn’t saying much.
There are two versions of the movie on the new release, so you can decide which you dislike the most. Or not, hopefully.
• Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Two versions of the film: the widescreen 1.85:1 version and the full-frame 1.33:1 version
• Original lossless stereo audio on both versions
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with writer-producers Geof Miller and Rory Veal
• Screaming Teens: The Legacy of Lovers Lane featurette with Geof Miller and Rory Veal and actors Matt Riedy and Carter Roy
• Original trailers
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady
Lovers Lane is released on Blu-ray by Arrow, £24.99