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I'm a big Jennifer Tilly fan and think she's a comedic genius. As always, she delivers with her quick wit and a purring feline voice. When Miss T. arrives, she brings loads of enjoyment, but she's not the star - she's in about 30 minutes of the film. Her character is completely off her rocker (and a rip on Mary Kay Letourneau, the teacher that married her student she had sex with when he was 12 years old).
Attractive actors all around. It's laced with teen issues and dialogue and a crazy authoritative figure. I would have liked to have seen some romance (there was none). The kids are likeable and out to have some harmless fun, but it wouldn't be a scream fest if they all made it back to the dance without meeting an untimely death.
I liked the backstory on `The Caretaker' and how everything comes full circle. He's kind of a serial killer with a big heart. Too big of a heart actually.
And who knew saline implants light up? I learned something new from this film (and my husband hit rewind three times). That and what a fruit picker is. It's a metal device used to pick the fruit in trees that you can't reach. Only this guy's is whacked out and used to murder loitering teens.
It made for a fun, eat popcorn and yell at the screen kind of night.
The movie has a simple plot, bland cinematography, a fairly predictable ending, and an unusual lack of gore. Despite being a slasher movie, most of the kill scenes are fairly tame and uneventful. There's also a noticeable lack of blood in a movie that's based on a psychopathic killer preying on teens.
What makes The Caretaker watchable is really the cast. All of the actresses in the film are beautiful, from curvy Lola Davidson (the only actress with a nude scene) to sexy Jennifer Freeman from "My Wife and Kids." What interested me most was that the film starred the smoking hot Jennifer Tilly. It's impossible to believe that she's now in her 50's, as Tilly looks incredible in this film. Expect an amazingly sexy Tilly in a seductive outfit, which is honestly the most redeeming aspect of the film.
If you're a fan of Judd Nelson, you might as well pass on this film. Nelson unfortunately has only about three minutes of screen time in the movie. I can't help but think it's a little deceptive that he doesn't get top billing in the movie credits, but his name appears on the DVD cover.
Overall, The Caretaker is at best an average horror flick. It's not especially scary, and it's very mild as far as slasher films are concerned. Unless you're big on eye candy, give this one a rent before you decide to buy the DVD.
Minutes FF'ed thru: none
Overall rating: 3.5
"Derrik, look, boob-o-lanterns."
Instead of going to the Halloween dance, Topher, Snail, and Ricky take the ladies (Ella, Chloe, and Sonya) to an abandoned house where The Caretaker once lived. They tell the story of an obsessively jealous man, who locked up his wife, and after she birthed their child, he killed her. An innocent plan to scare the girls goes awry, when they find their limo driver dead, stumble upon another dead dude in the house, and then they start getting plinked off one by one.
Miss Perry (Jennifer Tilly), a teacher from the school, shows up and further confirms the truth of the story, but has her own agenda and tries to seduce Topher, who gets whacked before she can finish.
One by one, they meet the wrath of The Caretaker's weapon, a metal fruit picker. The only one left standing is Ella, the new girl in town, who's picked up by her father (Judd Nelson), but what becomes of The Caretaker?
Hot chicks, a little nudity, a maniac killer, and Jennifer Tilly and her cleavage, need I say more? Although the kills were pretty lame, and the murder weapon even lamer (but original), this was a decent movie. It's one that appeals to a wide audience, zoning in on the teen horror fan (although it has an R-rating), as the blood and gore are fairly tame, the storyline is relatable (teen stereotypes and antics), and it's packed with good looking young actors. But, me being the analytical movie watcher I am, I didn't quite understand The Caretaker's motivation to kill, was he just a psychopath who couldn't control his obsession, or simply just the bad grapefruit of the bunch?Read more ›
Jennifer Tilly is probably the best thing about this movie, other than the Caretaker himself. She is at her campy best here, playing a sex bomb teacher who tries to seduce one of her hunky students. Also, there is some humor. The character of Topher farts not once, but twice in the films duration. He even burps in one scene!
See The Caretaker if you enjoyed the Prom Night remake or Sorority Row, because it sort of reminded me of both of those in tone. Don't see it if all you want is gore.
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This is very much a B movie. Very bad acting. Couldn't even finish the movie it was so annoying.Published 10 months ago by Danielle
OK for a horror flick. If you like Jennifer Tilly, you'll like this.Published 11 months ago by modelcarman
Not the best but ok. Im a big Jonathan Breck fan so that helped me to get through it.Published 13 months ago by lynda rowe
This movie wasn't even what I would call a B-horror movie. The acting was terrible and the script predictable, this is a miss in my opinion.Published on March 2, 2013 by Derrick
I think my rental fee covered the budget for this movie.
The story was bad and film looked like a home movie.
Terrible acting too. Read more
I have no clue what this movie was about. It had no beginning, no middle, and the only end it had was when I cut this crap off. This was absolutely garbage. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by maggie
OK NOT GOOD BUT I COULD SEE IT AGAIN IF I WAS UP AROUND 3 OR 4AM WITH NOTHING ELSE TO DOPublished on September 6, 2012 by PERCY
This wasn't a great movie but much better than alot of these low budget horror movies.It kept my attention and I liked that it took place on Halloween. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Moonbaby345
I'm a huge horror fan. I picked this up b/c it was fairly cheap to rent and was hoping for something good since it starred Judd Nelson. It wasn't good. It was truly terrible. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Ester