I wasn't joking about calling this one a modern classic in the opener above. While 'modern' may be a little outdated at this point, it wasn't when I was in elementary school. It's got a good amount of nods to the "Big Three" of the genre that I really enjoyed with all of those so fresh in my memory, even if some being a little more heavy-handed than others. With a pretty ridiculously stacked cast, some good pacing from one of the masters of the horror genre and an entertaining climax, it's easy to see how this became such a quick hit and why there was such a demand for a follow-up.
This has to be one of the first uses of the cell phone in a horror movie like this. And it's done surprisingly well given how the technology has aged since.
I remembered the major cast and how they were either already pretty huge or would go on to be pretty huge, but I legit forgot about some of the roles. Henry Winkler as the high school principal is probably my favorite.There are a few shots of the killer stalking the girls through town and it feels like it's meant to be an homage to Michael Myers, but it's done in a way that just makes it feel goofy and almost like a parody. Seeing him run through the bushes was a truly unintended hilarious moment for me.All of the meta scary movie stuff feels like it should get played out by the end, but it does a good job of adding to the plot even if there are maybe just a few too many movie-obsessed roles.
I remembered all of the "twists" at the end, so I remembered who the killers were and I really wish I didn't. It was fun knowing those details while watching earlier scenes, but I know I would've appreciated it more if I didn't remember.