Plot: A couple moves to a rural town to settle down and leave the rat race of urban life behind, moving into their new home on Halloween, of all times. The two have barely unpacked anything and the husband just wants to carve a pumpkin before his shift starts, while his wife seems a little on edge. Meanwhile, a pair of troubled twin sisters have landed in hot water again in the principal’s office and this time, he insists they remove their beloved masks. This enrages the girls, who beat the principal to death and leave to begin a night of Halloween inspired violence. The two go door to door to trick or treat, but when the door opens, instead of getting candy, they want to give blades or even worse. As the girls close in on our happy couple’s home, can anyone put an end to this massacre before it is too late?
Entertainment Value: The premise of Bad Apples is a fun one, as twin sisters embark on a Halloween night spree of home invasion and murder, while the town’s newest residents seem to be the final stop on the killing tour. I have to admit, I got a lot of Tragedy Girls vibes from the marketing on this one, with the psychopath teen girls in colorful masks and all. But the movies diverge after those few common threads, with Bad Apples as more of a straight ahead slasher movie, bathed in darkness and clearly inspired by John Carpenter’s Halloween. And when I say bathed in darkness, I mean just that, as the visuals here are quite dark. This leads to some overly dark moments, but for the most part, the visual design approach works. The narrative is fine, but doesn’t offer much we haven’t seen before, though sometimes a derivative, but fun slasher movie is all we need. The pace is brisk when we follow the girls, as they carve up a line of victims, but slows when we visit the young couple. I think if the focus were on the killer teens the entire movie, this could have been much more interesting, as the couple is rather dull and drags down the movie. But if you’re in the mood for an indie slasher with some cute killers, Bad Apples is worth a look.
No nakedness. This one has a little more bloodshed than I expected, but suffers from a lot of “the camera averts at the last second” and that’s a shame. But we do have a pregnant woman knifed in the stomach in a splashy scene, as well as some assorted other wounds and attacks. As I said, most of the violence happens off screen and we just see the end result, not the kinetic bloodletting. A man is disemboweled in one scene and used as a human candle holder, but sadly we just the aftermath and while that is cool, we want to see the carnage unfold as well. The dialogue is passable, but aside from some cutesy lines from the killers, not much is memorable. I hated the conversations between the couple, as it seemed so forced and unnatural. No real craziness in this one, the masked, cute and creepy killers are neat, but not that wild.
Overall Insanity: 0/10