Killer Movie

Believe it or not, the slasher flick is one of the trickier movie genres to get right. You have to have just the right amount of blood, for instance; too much grosses people out, and not enough turns off the fans who want to see some gore on the big screen. But you also need to make sure the story that fits around the murdering hooks people in. If the people getting chopped up are just cardboard stereotypes, audiences lose interest quickly. Throw in a good old-fashioned whodunnit, and you've got the makings of a classic blood and guts movie.

Killer Movie, which debuted at Tribeca on Thursday, gets many of these elements right. But it also has glaring flaws that keep it from being a cut above (pun intended) its slice-and-dice brethren.