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MTV shoots upcoming ‘My Super Psycho Sweet 16′ in Atlanta, debuting October 23

My Super Psycho Sweet 16

The distinctive Yaarab Shrine Temple on Ponce de Leon Ave. in Midtown was the sight of a series of grisly murders in August at the hands of a revenge-seeking, mask-wearing man.

At least that’s what MTV concocted for a film, cheekily titled “My Super Psycho Sweet 16,” set to air at 10 p.m. Friday.

The flick is a bit of an homage to MTV’s own reality show “My Super Sweet 16,” featuring over-the-top parties for pampered teens — with a bit more blood on the menu.

Atlanta resident and director Jacob Gentry worked on the film with University of Georgia alum and long-time friend Alex Motlagh. Gentry said he isn’t a fan of reality shows per se, figuring they are “the lowest form of entertainment you have. But then I saw the show they were trying to base this on. I had this realization it’s the perfect scenerio for a horror film. It flipped me around.”

Gentry, 32, said most horror flicks use metaphors and, given the rough financial times, “I thought what better way to talk about that through film than with spoiled rich people?”

Here’s a trailer:

Atlantan Jacob Gentry directed the film. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Atlantan Jacob Gentry directed the film. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

The modestly budgeted $1.5 million movie, which doesn’t include major stars, focuses on Skye, who at age 6 saw her dad hatchet up teens at his roller skating rink. He was sent to prison but disappeared after his prisoner van crashed and burned. The rink shut down.

Ten years later, snide, snooty Madison Penrose wants to have her “sweet 16” party at the rink, which is reopened just for her.

Skye flirts with Madison’s hot ex-boyfriend and decides to exorcise her own demons by crashing the party. That’s when the slashing, hacking and general mayhem begins.

In Gentry’s mind, “it’s a John Hughes film that gets interrupted by a John Carpenter film.” In other words, imagine a mash-up of “16 Candles” and classics such as “Halloween” and “Prom Night.”

“Super Psycho,” Gentry said, is clearly in the “slasher genre” where there are rules viewers expect will be followed. “It’s like playing the blues,” he said. “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.”

Producer Alex Motlagh on the set in August, 2009 CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Producer Alex Motlagh on the set in August, 2009 CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Alas, the film is packed with a few horror movie cliches:

- The teens who make fun of heroine Skye get their come-uppance. And even if you’re lecherous to the underaged bad girl, your future is cloudy.

- The murderer disappeared years ago, presumably dead. But is he dead? Really?

- People at this party don’t need to go to the bathroom – unless they’re major characters ready to get whacked.

- Trapped? Go up the stairs of course! That’s always the best escape route!

- Why shoot someone when smashing them to bits is so much more fun?

- And make sure the ending implies a possible sequel.

Given the nature of horror flicks, he paid homage to the past with scenes evoking “Carrie” and Brian de Palma, especially the use of slow motion and tension building near the end when one of the bad girls “reveals” the evil murderer to the rest of the party in a rather memorable fashion. (I won’t give that away.)

Another scene follows the concept of being so close to escape but just not making it. A gal is chased by the bad guy in a car and then goes up some stairs, reaching a fence but not quite making it. “Safety is slightly out of reach,” Gentry said. “That to me is scary.” He mentions the scene in “Scream” where Drew Barrymore’s throat has been cut and she can’t tell her parents 20 feet away she’s in trouble.

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. And Madison references flying a stylist in 3,000 miles from Los Angeles so you know it’s somewhere on the East Coast. “We wanted to make it every city,” he said, “not too region specific. We wanted it to connect with anyone.”

I also asked if the MTV audience, now used to reality TV, would go for something scripted. “If they want reality, they have it in spades,” he said. “So it’s just a chance to try their hand at something else. MTV is trying to keep things fresh.”

22 comments Add your comment

Art

October 21st, 2009
9:21 pm

I need a follow-up piece here: who are these guys and how did they get into directing movies for MTV while living in Atlanta?

My Uncle Joe Litsch worked on the set design for this movie. He had a heart attack right after they finished filming it, but is doing fine now

October 21st, 2009
9:28 pm

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Karla

October 22nd, 2009
6:08 am

This film also features a few ATL residents including Snellville’s own, Kathleen Batson!!

Balloonacy

October 23rd, 2009
7:59 am

it was really fun to work on…we did the balloons for a couple of scenes (you can see the arch in the above photo background) it was our first movie and it was cool to see all the behind the scenes stuff.

Am glad you Uncle is better- I met him the first day we were on set.

SARA-HLH

October 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

A lot of Atlanta Rollergirls will be watching tonight, a few of us were skating extras, and the venue (Yaarab Shrine Center Auditorium) is our regular bouting venue during our season.

dumbbb

October 24th, 2009
1:28 am

seriously the dumbest “horror” movie i’ve ever seen before, if your going to waste all this money maybe you should give it to someone who would put good use to it or give home and food to the people in atlanta who need it instead of making dumb movies like this one

one word…WASTE

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alejandra

October 24th, 2009
10:43 am

i was going to wachth it but i did not i left

Savannah Collins

October 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

i watched this movie twice because mtv had it back to back

miaa

October 25th, 2009
1:02 pm

poorly directed movie.
the effects were too fake, actors were overdramatic, unrealistic.

the ending didn’t really make sense to me, about how it tied in.
it felt like something was left out.

however, i think the movie was trying to be a parody or something, so that’s okay i guess…

gurlplease

October 25th, 2009
2:24 pm

there needs to be a sequel to finish up the gap in at the end of the movie. the end of the movie just leaves so many unanswered questions.

bballer14

October 25th, 2009
7:48 pm

Unlike most of the people who posted, i liked the movie. Im a big fan of horror movies and i really liked this one. I hope theres a sequel.

Jerica

October 26th, 2009
5:14 pm

I was wanting to know what was the songs are?

cheercaptain101

October 26th, 2009
5:32 pm

I LUVED THIS MOVIE AND COUKD WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND …………! IT IS TRULY AN AMAZING MOVIE!!

Madds

October 27th, 2009
1:42 am

i am in complete luv with this movie i saw it on 63 last friday and saturday night and was still shacking on sunday wanting my sweet sixteen to never be in a roller rink ahhhh i just got a shiver down my back from the last part in the movie pore pore Madison well i guess she kinda diserved it

maria

October 27th, 2009
12:05 pm

this is the coolest movie eva i love it…… : )

TAM TAM

October 27th, 2009
12:13 pm

PLEASE MAKE A SEQUAL

Wickedd.

October 27th, 2009
3:19 pm

Im
Watchin
It
now.
its
a
pretty
sweet
movie.
my
sisters
bout
to
pee
her
pants
Shes
freaked.
lmao..
Make
a
Sequal.!!!!

Liwillis Brown

October 29th, 2009
5:32 pm

i will like to have a party

nenaaa!

October 31st, 2009
10:57 pm

omqeeh . i need thee sonqq!! can sum1 qivee it too mee likee plzz .thee last 1 .
my email is kiski-la-fruty@hotmail.com

darci

November 11th, 2009
4:44 pm

I loved this movie…such a good premise for a slasher film (who wouldn’t want to see these spoiled brats get cut up?), and they did a good job of keeping it short, sweet and action-packed. Lots of gore, too for a TV movie!

Also, I really liked the soundtrack, lots of good tunes, especially “Put the Candle Back” by Electric Owls (that’s the song playing while Madison, Olivia and Chloe get ready for the party)

2kewl4ne1

February 20th, 2010
10:25 pm

What is the name of the song when Madison and he rposse is on her way to her party?