Directed by David DeCoteau
Expectations: Hopeful. I like most of this series.
On the general scale:
On the B-movie scale:
After the high quality of The Brotherhood IV, I came into The Brotherhood V: Alumni with hope for another great Brotherhood film. There were four years between entries… maybe that time was spent looking for a story worthy of the renowned Brotherhood name! My hopes quickly fell when I saw the locker-lined hallway of a high school, though. In this moment, director David DeCoteau certainly inspired horror within me, but not the horror intended! 🙂 The Brotherhood V: Alumni is more like The Brotherhood III, although thankfully it’s more entertaining than that bottom-of-the-barrel film. That isn’t apparent in the film’s intro, though, where a nerdy teenager on prom night is stalked through the impossibly blue, locker-lined halls by perhaps the least urgent stalking killer in film history. The nerd is tracked into the girls’ locker room, where he undresses, showers, and is ultimately murdered. The sound of a heartbeat plays the entire time, like a meditation mantra pulling you down into a state of sweet oblivion. This all plays about as slowly as is humanly possible, taking up the first 15 minutes of the movie.
It is here that we meet the brotherhood of this film, a completely down-to-earth group without a shred of the supernatural to be found. They bond over their shared promise to never speak of what happened on prom night in the girls’ locker room, not from any altruistic ideal, but because their prank on the nerd kid went wrong and someone stole the video tape that recorded it for posterity. One year later, the friends all receive a blue envelope containing an invitation to a school reunion, or to a one-year prom reunion or something. I don’t remember exactly, and it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that they have been called back to the school, and whoever called them there is terrorizing them with the threat of releasing the tape.
Despite the horrifically slow opening, the main section of The Brotherhood V: Alumni is enjoyable and relatively well-paced. The climax returns to the slowness, but by this point the film had built up enough credit to keep me hooked, plus the climax is where the film’s story really blossoms (as much as it can). The Brotherhood V: Alumni is also a nicely shot film, even within the confines of its relatively boring story, set in a boring location (which is possibly the same school that The Brotherhood III was shot in). The Brotherhood III gave me so much time with the school’s lockers that I could recognize them anywhere. 😀 Anyway, The Brotherhood V: Alumni is not great, but I think DeCoteau fans will find things to enjoy about it, as I did.
Next time I get around to a Full Moon movie, I’ll be checking in with another David DeCoteau film: 2000’s Voodoo Academy! See ya then!