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Review: Scott Jeffrey’s “Cupid”

It’s hard to find Valentine’s Day horror flicks now a days, and it’s even more difficult to find ones that are any good. Luckily, Cupid, the upcoming release from Proportion Productions, has you covered for the pinkest holiday of them all. Written and directed by Scott Jeffrey, Cupid finds a tormented high school student who also happens to be a practicing witch. After one final embarrassment, she summons Cupid to take revenge on the classmates who’ve wronged her. Only this mythological figure is darker than the story told because it was not yet finished. Now the students must figure out how to break the spell while fighting for their lives against an evil, winged, arrow shooting beast that should have stayed dead. Georgina Jane, Bao Tieu, Michael Owusu, Abi Casson Thompson, Ali Barouti and Sarah T. Cohen star in Cupid. Produced by Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca Matthews, this title is releasing on DVD and digital this February 11th courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.

What’s great about Cupid is that you get three stories in one movie while it manages to stay fluid and coherent. There’s an opening segment that really sets the tone for the rest of the picture, a sequence that finishes the backstory of the dastardly Cupid, and the rest of the film that’s the traditional narrative folks are used to. So, if you pay attention, Cupid is the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving; or is that supposed to be Christmas? Anyway… Setting Cupid in a high school was the perfect way of rolling out this flick because Valentine’s Day is taken much more seriously in that four year span than any other time in your life. It’s crucial and lonely and heartbreaking and happy, and just the right time for this winged crusader to drop in and start killing people. And, unless you take a course during college, high school is also the only place you get to learn about Greek mythology. It all fits together in a neat little puzzle.

Cupid features cinematography by Ben Collin and editing by Scott Jeffrey. As an independent production, I only have two complaints. One, there are a handful of scenes that deserved a second or third take. None of the actors in this film were bad, but certain scenes needed a redo due to an underwhelming performance or missed cue. Second, the Cupid isn’t always intimidating and terrifying depending on the lighting and the angle. He is the focus of the movie and the main reason anyone is going to pick up this flick, so he should have been polished more to make sure the promise of a killer Cupid is delivered 110%. Everything else is great, really. Cupid has a lot of inside drama and one scene with Cupid standing on a stage that was effective creepy. The whole thing was paced well and written well and the special effects were a notch or two above average. Cupid was put together nicely aside from my two complaints above.

Would I recommend Cupid as part of your Valentine’s Day viewing list? Hell yeah. Would I recommend Cupid to any scary movie fan who collects holiday horror films? Hell yeah. Would I recommend Cupid to independent cinema enthusiasts? Yup! Listen, it’s not the most exciting title coming out this year and it’s not the most gory, but I was thoroughly entertained and Scott Jeffrey came up with an idea and masterfully executed that vision, and that’s something that’s hard to do so accurately. Final Score: 7 out of 10.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)