My Super Psycho Sweet 16
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|My Super Psycho Sweet 16|
|Directed by||Jacob Gentry|
|Music by||Ben Lovett|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Cinematography||Thomas C. Bingham|
|Running time||84 minutes|
|Production company||Pop Films|
|Distributor||Paramount Home Entertainment|
|Followed by||My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2|
My Super Psycho Sweet 16 is a 2009 American made-for-TV slasher film, based on the MTV show, My Super Sweet 16. The film follows two girls: outcast Skye Rotter (Lauren McKnight), and the spoiled Madison Penrose (Julianna Guill) who hosts her sweet sixteen at an abandoned roller skating rink, where a masked killer begins murdering the party patrons.
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Madison Penrose is preparing for her Sweet 16. She wants to have her party at the Roller Dome, a once-popular roller skating rink with a violent history. A flashback reveals that Charlie Rotter, who was the owner and entertainer of the Roller Dome, had dismembered and stuffed 6 teens into oil bins before finally being turned into the police by his 6 year old daughter Skye. While being transported to prison, the van crashes and Charlie is believed to have died.
Ten years later, Skye is now an outcast and picked on by her classmates because of her father's crimes. One morning she has a flirtatious moment with Madison's ex-boyfriend, Brigg. This is seen by Olivia, one of Madison's best friends. Olivia immediately rushes to tell Madison and finds her with their other best friend, Chloe. After learning what’s happened between Sky and Brigg, Madison decides that Skye needs to be punished. Later that same day after swim class, Skye arrives at her gym locker to see that it's covered with paint and her clothes are cut up. Madison's friend Lilly arrives and tells Skye who destroyed her stuff, then admits that she actually dislikes Madison and encourages Skye to try and get revenge. Skye refuses and tries to leave but is stopped by Madison, who picks on her. Afterward, Skye is walking home and Brigg sees her while driving by. He reverses back to offer a ride, which Skye reluctantly accepts. During the drive, Brigg asks Skye to hang out Saturday night and she accepts. The next morning at school Madison hands out invitations to her Sweet 16 and invites Brigg, which interferes with his plans with Skye. While hanging out after school, Skye's best friend Derek says he wants to sneak into Madison's party and she should join him. Skye initially refuses since it's where her father committed his crimes, then Brigg then arrives. He explains to Skye why he's going to the party and says he will make it up to her. Not believing him, she tries to say that they aren't going to work out but Brigg kisses her and says that he really does want to spend more time together, just on a different day. When he leaves Skye decides that she's going to crash Madison's party.
Skye texts Lilly for help and she leaves a backdoor unlocked for Skye and Derek to sneak in. Skye’s father is revealed to be alive and he spends a majority of the party stalking and killing Madison’s friends. When Madison's father starts giving a birthday speech, Olivia goes to use the bathroom and finds one of the dead bodies in the stall next to her. She tries to run out to the crowd but Charlie appears and decapitates her. Frightened, everyone leaves except for Madison and Skye. Madison blames Skye for everything and starts getting physical with her when Charlie appears, locking the front exit. They try to run out the back but their path is blocked by the gutted party planner, Charlie then surprise attacks Madison but they’re able to get away and reunite with Brigg. Charlie reappears and chases the three of them to the edge of a balcony. Derek uses the DJ booth to flash spotlights in Charlie's face, distracting him long enough for Skye and Madison to escape. Brigg tries to fight with Charlie but is quickly thrown off the balcony. Believing he is dead, the rest try to run to the exit but are unsuccessful. Charlie catches up to them and knocks out Madison, then starts strangling Derek. Skye begs her father to spare him so Charlie tosses him outside then re-locks the doors.
Madison wakes up in the basement with Skye, both their hands tied to a table. Charlie then unties Skye, gives her a knife and tells her to kill Madison. Skye initially pretends to comply but decides to stab Charlie instead, then uses a cabinet to pin him to the ground. Skye rushes to free Madison but struggles with the ropes. Losing patience, Madison begins insulting Skye and continues to blame her for the deaths at the party. Once untied, Madison shoves Skye to the ground so she can get to the exit first but Charlie reaches out and grabs Madison's leg. While she's struggling with Charlie, Skye rushes to the exit and hesitates to leave but looks back to see Madison shouting another insult at her. So when Madison frees herself, Skye decides to close the gate and lock her inside with Charlie. Skye goes back upstairs and sees police enter the building, telling them where her father is before leaving. She runs into Derek outside, but ignores him and steals Madison's new car. When the police arrive in the basement, Charlie's gone and Madison's dead.
A few days later, Brigg wakes up late one night in the hospital. Skye arrives and brutally stabs him to death. Brigg frantically awakens and realizes he was having a nightmare. He asks the nurse where Skye is but she tells him no one has seen her. The nurse leaves the room and Brigg turns over on his side, seeing Skye visited him at some point and left a drawing of hers on the table next to him.
- Julianna Guill as Madison Penrose
- Lauren McKnight as Skye Rotter
- Lauren Eichner as Young Skye
- Chris Zylka as Brigg
- Matt Angel as Derek
- Alex Van as Charlie Rotter
- Maia Osman as Olivia
- Susan Griffith as Chloe
- Joey Nappo as Kevin
- Leandra Terrazzano as Lilly
- Ric Reitz as Mr. Penrose
- Kathleen Batson as Mrs. Penrose
- Shannon Eubanks as Aunt Sarah
- Chad McKnight as Party Planner
- Damien Haas as Craig
- Brytni Lavender as Karen
Director Jacob Gentry worked on the film with his long-time friend Alex Motlagh. Gentry was not a fan of reality shows, figuring they are “the lowest form of entertainment you have." However, once he started watching My Super Sweet 16, the reality series the producers had wanted to base the movie on, he had a realization that it is the perfect scenario for a horror film. Gentry went on to say he was aware that the film "is clearly in the “slasher genre” where there are rules viewers expect will be followed." He adds, "It’s like playing the blues, you want to give it your spin but you don’t want to interrupt the formula too much. You still have to play the blues. In this case, we don’t want to reinvent the wheel.”
Filming took place in Atlanta, where Gentry and Motlagh grew up. The film never mentions Atlanta, but does show the city's skyline at the very end. Gentry told Radio and TV Talk, "There are things shown that makes it clear it's Atlanta if you know Atlanta." One of the characters, 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. Gentry added, "We [also] wanted to make it every city, not too region specific. We wanted it to connect with anyone." 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. All of the minor actors lived in Atlanta, making casting much easier. Thousands of actresses auditioned for the role of Madison Penrose, according to casting directors, but Julianna Guill seemed "perfect for the role."
The songs below were all featured in the film:
|The All-American Rejects||"The Wind Blows"|
|The DNC||"The Way You Like It"|
|The Actions||"The Real Thing"|
|Boom Bip||"Red Room"|
|Cotty||"Put Cha In Ya Place"|
|Nonstop Music||"Military Parade"|
|The Coast||"All Farewells"|
|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"|
|Electric Valentine||"Beat Drop"|
|The Lab||"Bionic Hand"|
|Awesome New Republic||"Florida"|
|Thrice||"Wood & Wire"|
|Miike Snow||"Plastic Jungle"|
|Something About Vampires and Sluts||"Burning Bridges"|
|Fight Like Apes||"Lend Me Your Face"|
|Charlie White||"We Love To Shop (Teen Dance/Bim Bop Remix)"|
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. 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."
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.
My Super Psycho Sweet 16 was released on DVD on October 18, 2010, 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.
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- MTV’S ORIGINAL MOVIE "My Super Psycho Sweet 16" delivers NETWORK’S strongest rating in the time period in over a year and a half
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