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Add this to the list of films that I somehow never saw until years after they were relevant. Long after the 80's slasher films had burned out any credibility for the horror genre, this film (directed by Wes Craven, naturally) revitalized the genre, and its opening piece set a new bar for realistic gore... thus, sadly, making this film indirectly responsible for the Saw series. Sigh. Anyway, the film itself is actually pretty good until it reaches the end, at which point the killer's identity is revealed and it becomes painfully dumb. Notable for having a soundtrack that is at least two notches better than the film itself; it sounds like the soundtrack to the most awesome post-apocalyptic zombie film ever, but somehow transplanted into a merely passable (and very non-post-apocalyptic) slasher film. Score: 3 stars out of 4, but one of those stars is due to the cultural context.