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Jamie Blanks’ follow-up to 1998’s under appreciated Urban Legend bears all the hallmarks of the post Scream template while also harkening back to the 80s holiday themed/revenge slashers. Marley Shelton makes a likable if somewhat too wholesome final girl, Denise Richards gets her bitch on and Katherine Heigl fills in as our first act kill. There’s a segment set at an art exhibition that one could almost go so far as to say is Argento-esque. The script is threadbare to the extreme and never wastes time on anything like character development. It is disappointing how run of the mill the whole thing is, especially considering the craftiness director Blanks employed in Urban Legend with the creative and inventive kills. That being said, the cherub masked killer breaking out the bow and arrows was a nice touch, there is a pretty gnarly power drill/hot tub set piece and the threatening valentines that the victims receive are priceless. A true guilty pleasure. C