My Super Psycho Sweet 16

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My Super Psycho Sweet 16
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Promotional poster
Distributed by POPfilms
Directed by Jacob Gentry
Produced by Alexander Motlagh
Maggie Malina (executive producer)
Chris White
Written by Jed Elinoff
Scott Alan Thomas
Starring Lauren McKnight
Julianna Guill
Chris Zylka
Matt Angel
Alex Van
Music by Ben Lovett
Cinematography Thomas C. Bingham
Editing by Matt Blundell
Budget $1.5 million[citation needed]
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23)
Running time 84 minutes

My Super Psycho Sweet 16 is an American teen horror slasher film, based on the MTV show, My Super Sweet 16. Directed by Jacob Gentry, the film follows two girls: an outcast named Skye Rotter (Lauren McKnight), and Madison Penrose (Julianna Guill), a girl who has been spoiled throughout her life. Madison convinces her parents to re-open the Roller-Dome (that Rotter's father once owned) for her sweet sixteenth birthday party. The Roller-Dome had been closed because a series of brutal murders took place. Ten years later, the killer comes back to wreak havoc during her party.

Plot[edit]

A spoiled teen, Madison Penrose's (Julianna Guill) sweet sixteen is coming up. She wants to have her birthday party at the Roller-Dome, a once popular roller-rink with a violent history to match. Madison, her father (Rick Reitz), and the party planner (Chad McKnight) walk in. Madison sees that the Dome is filled with items that had been put in storage. She and her father walk out, leaving the party planner by himself, who hears a strange noise and asks if there's anybody there. The scene later switches to 1999; Charlie Rotter (Alex Van) is the owner of a popular teen hang-out called the Roller-Dome, the location of many birthday parties. Charlie is the so-called "Lord of the Rink." As he does his usual job, an ungrateful teenage boy named Craig (Damien Haas) is having his birthday party there. He slaps the cake out of Rotter's hands and hits his mask off, humiliating him in front of everyone, including his daughter, Skye (Lauren Eichner).

Later that night, Craig and his girlfriend, Karen, break into the Roller-Dome. While skating, Craig's girlfriend skates off into the darkness. Craig slowly skates to where he saw her last. The lights start to turn off as he sees the "Lord of the Rink" after killing his girlfriend. Panicked, Craig attempts to run away, but trips on a pool stick. Rotter catches up to him and impales Craig through the mouth with the other half of the pool stick. Skye witnesses the murders and calls the police. Shortly after, the police arrive and Rotter runs off. They find him in the basement, where he says, "I gave them what they deserved." The police arrest him immediately, and upon arresting him, several officers discover that four more bodies have been dismembered and stuffed into an oil bin. News reports spread all over the town, informing everyone about the murders. Rotter appears to have died in a crash involving the police cruiser.

Ten years later, Skye Rotter (Lauren McKnight) is an outcast, tortured by her classmates because of what happened a decade ago. One day she grabs the attention of Madison's ex-boyfriend, the popular Brigg (Chris Zylka), whose friend Kevin teases Skye by calling her a "freak." Brigg laughs at Skye's clever comebacks, which accuse Kevin (Joey Nappo) of being gay. The two have a "moment" as Madison's friend Olivia (Maia Osman) watches. Olivia warns Madison of this, while she and Skye's best friend Derek (Matt Angel) try to figure out whether or not to make a big deal out of the two talking. Skye later finds out after swimming that her gym locker has been trashed by Madison, Olivia, and Chloe (Susan Griffith). Madison's "supposed" friend Lily (Leandra Teranzzano) shows up and tells Skye they trashed her locker. She admits that she actually dislikes Madison and the reason why Madison is attacking Skye is because she talked to Brigg. She tells Skye that she should hook up with Brigg to get revenge at Madison's sweet sixteen party, which she states will be the "party of the year."

Skye, in nothing but a towel and a one-piece bathing suit, tries to leave the building. Unfortunately she runs into Madison, Olivia, and Chloe. Madison accuses her of scamming on her boyfriend and warns her to stay away. She also tells her that she's a nobody, and that if she died, the yearbook wouldn't have wasted an inch of space on her. Madison, Olivia, and Chloe leave to go shopping. Madison's dad tells her that there's been a change of plans, and that he flew in a designer from L.A.. Excited, the girls drive off. Skye then begins walking home in her swimsuit and towel. Brigg drives by her, slows down, and offers her a ride home. While driving, Brigg asks Skye to hang out Saturday night.

The next day, Madison hands out invitations to her Sweet Sixteen. Having invited Brigg, it interferes with his plans with Skye, who is unsure of crashing Madison's party regarding what her father did. Brigg goes to Skye's house and explains to her that he has to go because him and Madison have history, and that he'd make it up to Skye. Skye tells him that they both know that this isn't going to work because he's popular and she's not. Brigg kisses Skye and lets her know that he wants to spend more time with her after Madison's party, and promises that they will go out. While Brigg leaves, Derek walks out on to Skye's porch asking if it was him. Skye then replies, "You still wanna crash that party?"

Lily leaves a secret opening for Skye and Derek behind the roller rink so they can sneak in. The two sneak in without a hitch and things then seem fine at the party until the party planner is killed by Charlie Rotter, who survived the crash. Skye finds Brigg and they skate together. Derek and Lily are chatting and she asks him to go get some fruit punch to mix with her vodka so they can party. Derek walks off to go get the punch but Kevin sees Derek and locks him in the basement. After warning Madison of Derek and Skye's appearance, Kevin takes Rotter's "Lord of the Rink" costume and decides to play a trick on Skye by standing up in the mezzanine of the Roller-Dome. Skye spots Kevin, thinks that it's actually her father, then runs to him. Kevin laughs and mocks her as a stunned Skye runs downstairs out of the mezzanine. Kevin is then choked and bludgeoned to death by Rotter, who then finds his mask on the floor, and puts it on.

Derek, still locked in the basement, is let out by Lily, who is drunk and ends up making out with him. Chloe has a plan of hiding in the bathroom stall with a fire extinguisher and waiting for Skye to walk in so she can assault her with it. Olivia proceeds to dump one of her drinks on Skye's lap so that she will have to wash up in the bathroom that Chloe is hiding in. Brigg, trying to find Skye, ends up in the VIP room and is ambushed by Madison, who throws herself at him and kisses him. Skye walks in on them and leaves the room upset. Brigg then tells Madison that he doesn't want her and leaves. Meanwhile, Chloe is waiting for Skye, and hears what she thinks is Skye walking in. She comes out, spraying Skye with the extinguisher. Instead it turns out to be Rotter, who beats Chloe to death with the fire extinguisher.

Lily decides to key Madison's car for a birthday present. While she is keying the words "Happy Sweet 16" into the hood, the car revs up and starts chasing after her. She is rammed into a brick wall but escapes. Lily runs up to a stairwell, and tries to escape to the street ahead by trying to climb over a gate. Rotter catches up to her and kills Lily by slitting her throat with a sword. Skye runs off to her dad's old office and calls Derek, letting him know she wants to leave. Brigg then finds her and tries to explain what happened, while Skye tells him, "This is the freak show and you're a part of it." She leaves.

While Madison's birthday cake is being brought out, Olivia goes to the bathroom to find Chloe, thinking that she's hooking up somewhere, then enters the stall next to where Chloe was murdered. She looks down and discovers blood on the floor, then looks under the divider and finds Chloe dead. She tries to warn everyone else, but Rotter decapitates her, and her headless body skates and collides with Madison's birthday cake. Frightened, everyone leaves, except for Madison and Skye. Madison accuses Skye of ruining her party due to her relation to Rotter. While running, they find that the party planner has been gutted by Rotter. Brigg runs back in for Skye, and they run up to the mezzanine with Rotter in pursuit. Derek flashes the spotlight in Rotter's face, temporarily blinding and distracting him while Skye and Madison escape. As the girls reach the dance floor below, Brigg is thrown from the mezzanine above. As Skye, Derek, and Madison are running out, Rotter grabs Madison and slams her head into a party table, knocking her out. Rotter catches up to Skye and Derek at the door and strangles Derek. Skye begs her father to spare him, and Rotter does so by throwing him out the door, then locks Madison, Skye, and himself inside.

Madison wakes up in the basement with Skye, their hands both tied to a table. Skye tells Madison that she is a "bully". Rotter unties Skye and tells her to kill Madison. Skye refuses and stabs Rotter in his leg with the knife given to her to kill Madison, then tries to untie Madison. Madison insults her while they're trying to get out. Once untied, Madison selfishly knocks over Skye in order to get to the door, but she trips over Rotter. Learning Madison's evil heart, Skye locks Madison in with Rotter, telling her, "Have a super birthday, Madison," and leaves. As Rotter is getting up, Madison insults Skye as she is going up the steps. Madison's throat is slit by Rotter and is placed in the a chair with a party hat on her head and a very small cake with a lit candle in front of her. Skye leaves the building and meets Derek outside, who is excited to see Skye okay. Skye leaves town in Madison's new car as police arrive at the scene. A few days later, Brigg has a bad dream that he wakes up in the hospital, injured. Skye tells him he's been out for days, and that she came back for him. Then she stabs him to death while crying to her father. He frantically awakes from the nightmare in the hospital, wanting to see Skye, but the nurse tells him that no one has seen her. Saddened, he turns over on his side, only to see a picture that Skye drew on the table next to him, revealing that she was in the room while he was unconscious.

Cast[edit]

  • Julianna Guill as Madison Penrose
  • Lauren McKnight as Skye Rotter
  • Chris Zylka as Brigg
  • Matt Angel as Derek
  • Alex Van as Charlie
  • Maia Osman as Olivia
  • Susan Griffith as Chloe
  • Joey Nappo as Kevin
  • Leandra Teranzzano as Lilly
  • Rick Reitz as Mr. Penrose
  • Chad McKnight as Party Planner
  • Lauren Eichner as Young Skye Rotter
  • Damien Haas as Craig

Production[edit]

The movie was shot in Atlanta, with Motlagh being Atlanta residents. The film never mentions Atlanta but shows the skyline at the very end. "There are things shown that makes it clear it's Atlanta if you know Atlanta", Gentry said. The high school scenes were mostly filmed at Henry W. Grady high school, including the library, locker room and gym. Shots were also filmed at Sprayberry High School. Madison also makes reference to flying a stylist in 3,000 miles from Los Angeles, making it evident that the film is set somewhere on the East Coast. "We wanted to make it every city", said Gentry, "not too region specific. We wanted it to connect with anyone."[1]

All of the minor characters live in Atlanta where the film was shot making casting much easier. Thousands of girls auditioned for the role of Madison Penrose, according to casting directors, but Julianna Guill seemed 'Perfect for the role.'

Soundtrack[edit]

No official soundtrack has been announced for release yet, but the songs below were all featured in the film:

Artist Title
The All-American Rejects "The Wind Blows"
Denali "Relief"
Thrice "In Exile"
AFI "Miss Murder"
The DNC "The Way You Like It"
The Actions "The Real Thing"
Limp Bizkit "Nookie"
Boom Bip "Red Room"
The Coast "Circles"
Cotty "Put Cha In Ya Place"
Nonstop Music "Military Parade"
The Coast "All Farewells"
Arizona "Diventa Blue"
The Coast "Evening's "Heights"
War Stories "Because I Love You"
Electric Owls "Put, the Candle, Back!"
Adrift Da Belle "DUN-EZ (Keep Workin' Baby)"
Awesome New Republic "Glowing Light"
Naira "Fly Hustle, Fresh, Grind"
The Honor Roll "Birthday"
War Stories "TV"
Electric Valentine "Beat Drop"
The Lab "Bionic Hand"
Awesome New Republic "Florida"
Naira "Countdown"
Thrice "Wood & Wire"
Miike Snow "Plastic Jungle"
Something About Vampires and Sluts "Burning Bridges"
Fight Like Apes "Lend Me Your Face"
Chumbawamba "Tubthumping"
Charlie White "We Love To Shop (Teen Dance/Bim Bop Remix)"

Critical Reception[edit]

The film was generally well received by audiences. It delivered the network's strongest rating in the time period in over a year and a half. Among female teens, the film ranked #1 in its time period versus all ad supported TV competition and #2 overall across all television competition behind only Disney.[2] Scott Foy of Dread Central rated it 2.5 stars and wrote, "Too much of My Super Psycho Sweet 16 is just a regurgitating of teen movie clichés with the emphasis more on the romantic triangle and teen bullying side of the plot than the masked psychopath randomly hacking and slashing party patrons."[3]

Unrated Version[edit]

Airings on MTV are slightly edited; iTunes and DVD releases are uncut, featuring a bit more gore. Edited scenes include Craig's death, showing the pool stick impaling him; the party-planner's corpse in the chase scene is shown longer; and Brigg's dream in the end is longer.

Home release[edit]

My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen was released on DVD on October 18 to coincide with the premiere of the sequel a week later on October 22. It is the unrated version and contains no special features. It is available to buy on Amazon.com and to download on the iTunes Store. Due to several complaints about the DVD just being a burnt copy of the movie, Paramount Home Entertainment announced a Blu-ray Combo Pack edition, but no official release date has been announced.

Sequels[edit]

On 25 May 2010, MTV confirmed a My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2 to be directed by Jacob Gentry. Filming began in early July. It was aired by MTV on October 22, 2010.[4] The 30-second teaser trailer premiered online on September 10, 2010 and the full-length official trailer debuted alongside the poster on September 23, 2010. The movie takes place directly where the first ones leaves off. Lauren McKnight, Chris Zylka, Alex Van and Matt Angel are the only recurring characters, with Julianna Guill reprising her role as Madison Penrose for a cameo.

MTV officially confirmed on October 27 that the third installment will be released in Spring 2012. Jillian Rose Reed joined the cast.

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