Simon Says (film)
|Directed by||William Dear|
|Produced by||Ernie Lively|
|Written by||Bill Dear|
|Music by||Ludek Drizhal opening sequence: Vince Rule|
|Edited by||Chris Conlee|
|Distributed by||Barnholtz Entertainment
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Simon Says is a 2006 horror film, directed by William Dear (Angels in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons) and stars Crispin Glover and Margo Harshman. It was premiered at Fantastic Fest on 24 September 2006 and on DVD in the U.S. 26 June 2009.
Five teenagers — Kate (Margo Harshman), Zack (Greg Cipes), Vicky (Carrie Finklea), Riff (Artie Baxter), and Ashley (Kelly Vitz) — are on their way to pan for gold during Spring Break when they make a wrong turn and wind up at a grave site. They encounter two strange older men, who warn them to return home, saying there have been murders in the area. The teens insist, asking for directions, and are directed towards a large store and told that it is 'town'. Making their way into town, four of the teens head inside the store while Zack puts gas in their van. Inside, the four teens meet the brothers Simon (Crispin Glover), who flees from them, and Stanley.
Stanley is unhelpful, denying the teens requests to buy anything, before intimately caressing the Kate's hand. Zack abruptly walks in, asking if he can access the cooler, only to be told there is no beer inside. Spotting a family photo on the wall, Zack begins to talk about Billy the Kid, causing Stanley react strangely. Frustrated, Riff tosses some money on the counter and the group leave, Zack and Vicky urging Ashley on, referring to her as 'doll'.
Finally finding a campsite, the teens split-up: Ashley going for a jog, Vicky following Riff out to chop wood for the campfire, and Zack driving back to the store for propane, leaving Kate alone. Vicky seduces Riff, but they are interrupted by Ashley, causing them to head back to the campsite. Kate complains about being left alone, causing Vicky to instruct Riff to stay with her while she goes to find Ashley. Unknown to the pair, they are being observed as Riff begins kissing Kate, but they too are interrupted by Ashley running past.
The observer, dressed in a ghillie suit, follows Ashley as she continues her run, attacking and chasing her through the woods when he realises that she is not 'dream girl'. Having murdered Ashley, her attacker - revealed to be Simon - begins to cut up her body, calling her 'doll' and saying that he will make her into a present for 'dream girl'. His work is interrupted by the arrival of a small dog which steals Ashley's severed hand. Giving chase, Simon encounters a group playing paintball, who attempt to defend themselves, but are murdered as well.
Back at the store, Zach arrives to find it closed and empty. He lets himself in, searching the cooler for beer, but also discovers numerous bodies hanging from the ceiling. Shocked and thinking no one will believe him, he pulls several newspaper articles off the bodies and flees. Meanwhile, as Simon is hanging the small dog's owner near the road, he notices the van approaching. He swings the woman into the path of the oncoming vehicle, killing her. Uncertain of what has happened and swinging body now out of sight, Zack sees the dog's body on the road and assumes that is what he hit.
Now well after dark, Riff, Kate, and Vicky are surprised by Stanley pulling up in his truck, telling them that Simon is missing. When they say that Ashley is also missing, he suggests that the teen might be with his brother, and urges them to come with him to look for them. At this moment, a terrified Zach arrives and manages to convince Stanley to leave. He takes the others into a tent and shows them the newspaper articles, immediately afterward they heard a noise and come out to find the van's tyres have been punctured, stranding them.
The group gather their torches and phones and head into the forest to look for Ashley, eventually hearing music playing from somewhere in the woods. At the source of the music, they discover that Simon has made a 'doll' out of Ashley's head, hands, and feet. As they run into the forest, they are watched by Simon, who kills Riff with a contraption that flings pickaxes. Vicky stumbles upon the paintballer's campsite, only to be discovered by Stanley, who promises that he won't allow Simon to hurt her and promptly hangs her next to the owner of the dog.
Kate is stopped on the road by Stanley in his truck, who lies and tells her that the others are safe at his store and that he will give her a ride. She eventually decides to trust him as, unknown to both, Zack sneaks up and climbs into the truck bed. Instead of the store, Stanley takes Kate to an old campsite where two long-decayed bodies are sitting at the picnic table. He ties her to the table and offers her food that has long since gone bad, when Simon appears in his ghillie suit and demands to also be fed. Suspicious, Stanley asks Simon to sit at the table and put his hand out, chopping off several of his fingers with a cleaver and revealing that it is actually Zack in the suit.
Stanley then ties Zack to a tree with Barbed Wire, as he is being tortured Zack confesses his love to Kate calling her his 'Dream Girl', this angers Stanley he then makes Zack smoke a giant marijuana cigarette. The ashes from the cigarette causes the lower half of the ghillie suit to catch fire which begins spreading to the rest of Zack's body, Zack is burned alive, killing him. Turning back to Kate, Stanley announces that he is also Simon, having taken over his brother's identity after murdering their parents while the real Simon lay in a coma. Echoing Stanley's sentiment that Simon was the 'favourite', Kate seduces Stanley, distracting him while she grabs the cleaver. However, he deflects her attack, but accidentally frees her in the ensuing struggle, allowing her to disappear into the woods.
Returning to Zack's charred body, Kate promises to kill Stanley. Moments later, Stanley also approaches the body, vowing to kill her. Kate bursts from Zack's corpse where she was hiding, bringing the cleaver down on Stanley's head. He falls to the ground, but when she looks down at where his corpse should be, he is gone. A hand is seen reaching for her just before the film cuts to black.
The film ends with another group of youths arriving at the store looking for supplies and directions somewhere nearby they can camp. Stanley/Simon raps his knuckles against his skull, revealing a metal plate. The teens leave and Stanley/Simon goes inside, opening a trapdoor where Kate his being held captive with infant twins.
- Margo Harshman as Kate
- Crispin Glover as Simon/Stanley
- Greg Cipes as Zack
- Carrie Finklea as Vicky
- Kelly Vitz as Ashley
- Artie Baxter as Riff
- Blake Lively as Jenny
- Erica Hubbard as Sommer
- Lori Lively as Lani
- Bruce Glover as Sam
- Daniella Monet as Sarah
- Kelly Blatz as Will
- Robyn Lively as Leanne
- Ernie Lively as Pig
- Bart Johnson as Garth
- Chad Cunningham as Young Stanley
- Chris Cunningham as Young Simon
- Brad Johnson as Quinn
- Official website
- Simon Says at the Internet Movie Database
- Simon Says at AllMovie
- Simon Says Review on Variety.com