Slipping Into Darkness (1988)

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Three spoiled college girls are held responsible for a handicapped boys death.


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3 April 2004 | one4now4
Not a bad movie, but far from excellent
To me, this movie looks like the type of flick that came out of an instance where someone saw "River's Edge" and loved it so much that it inspired them to try to make a similar movie. That said, this movie isn't as bad as it could be while it isn't as good as it should be. In it, three teen girls (two snobby, spoiled ones and one humane, shy one) end up getting the blame placed on them for the death of a mentally retarded guy. The police aren't about to do a whole lot, and the dead guy's brother is so distraught and angry that, without any true hard proof, he gets some ex-biker buddies together to go along with him to a museum during a school field trip, where they persuade the chicks to come with them to an old factory. There's a pretty aggressive interrogation, but nothing really happens at all. As they're about to let the girls go, they start splitting up and having one-on-one situations. One of those situations isn't so friendly, though, and the most warped biker out of the bunch ends up choking one of the girls to death in a graveyard. Then, everybody left goes on the run as the killer's sanity continues to unravel up until a surprisingly gory scene that I feel compelled to believe was ripped-off in that 2001 "Joy Ride" movie. Then you've got your betrayals and things to this nature as people turn on each other in order to either find out the truth about the retarded kid's death, or to keep it hidden. I found this movie mildly entertaining, but some parts (including the ending and the title song that they play throughout the film) were just damn irritating. This really is the kind of movie where the insane killer seems more human than everyone else (even more than that aforementioned nice, shy girl), and that doesn't seem altogether intentional here. Now, let me make it clear that I've seen movies much worse than this because, as I said, it's not terrible. At the same time, I find it the easiest to rate with stars the movies that are just of fair quality, no more, no less. I could easily rate this with three stars at the generous most.

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Slippin' Into Darkness
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Courtesy of L.A. International Records, Inc.
Produced by Jerry Goldstein
Music consultant Jerry Goldstein
Written by Thomas Allen, Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar (as Lee Oscar) and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Published by Far Out Music, Inc./TMC Music Inc.

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