On Valentine's Day thirteen years ago, couples at a remote lover's lane were brutally killed by an attacker using a hook as a weapon. A young man was arrested at the scene and sent to a secure mental hospital. But here in the present day, the patient escapes, hook-based murders start happening again, and the children of the original victims seem to be among the targets.
Also known as "I'm Still Waiting For You", the film is essentially an 80s-style slasher movie. It opens with a dramatic murder. The 16-year-olds are played by actors in their twenties. There's a jump scare featuring a cat. An annoying practical joker pretends to be attacked by a killer. Characters walk around in dark rooms with torches when they could simply switch on the lights. The killer is in several places at once. Cars have problems starting. Scared people stand in front of windows with their backs to the glass. And so on.
To be honest, there is nothing new here. Even the hook motif had already been done in similar slasher film 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' three years earlier. In fact, it was hard to remember this isn't a spoof, as one of the main characters is played by an actress who starred in the 'Scary Movie' films.
Having said all that, while it isn't a particularly original film, I still found it fun to watch. It sticks so closely to the 80s slasher template that there's something cosy and familiar about it. The production values are not bad at all. There isn't much gore on display, but what we see is done fairly well. It builds tension quite well in some scenes, and one or two of the kills are quite inventive. However, the ending - and the reveal of the killer - is so ridiculous and complicated, it's actually really funny. It even has a cliched 'surprise' in the final shot, that will probably make you groan or laugh, rather than gasp with horror.
If you're a fan of old-fashioned slasher movies, it's certainly worth checking this out. It's not a horror classic by any means, but it's entertaining if you don't take it too seriously. 3/5