Lauren is coming out of a rough relationship when she meets Brandon at a party. The two hit it off really well and they soon find themselves falling closer and closer to each other. When the relationship is going great and the three lovely words have been uttered, Lauren finds out that Brandon is not the guy he seemed to be.
Discussing a little bit of everything film related with Erica Summers, we suddenly came to talk about her movie when she was jokingly calling it "lifetimish". I can now sort of see what she meant by that, but I definitely think it's a bit harsh as well. It might not have been a movie that was perfectly fitted for me, but it has a few worth while things going for it.
In many ways it plays like a teen romance movie - Lauren has come out of a destructive relationship with a guy with a drug-problem. When her friend brings her along to a party she ends up meeting Brandon. Brandon is a nice guy who also appears to be a perfect match for Lauren. This meeting is just the start of a relationship that grows though-out the movie. It sticks to its romantic plot for quite some time, and does it so sincerely, but eventually we start seeing some dark things within Brandon that are coming up to the surface.
I think it makes great use of its romance plot by actually sticking to it entirely for the majority of the movie. Had I not known I was watching something labeled as horror or thriller, I would think the big intrigue at the end would be along the lines of "you are only dating me because of a bet!?". You know, one of the typical teen romance plots! This is truly what makes "Loverboy" what it is, and it will also be the divider. I am quite surprised how well it tackled the romance. It's strong of it to stick with it so wholeheartedly, not letting anything slip in between, but it just doesn't happen to be my cup of tea. If you cut off the ending then the movie is really just a sweet, innocent love story. And there is something very interesting in that too, mixing the genres this way.
Overall "Loverboy" is surprisingly well made. The budget is minimal, but Erica Summers has made great use of every dollar. Compare it to most indie horror movies and this looks better, sounds better and is better acted. No matter how far off the plot was to my interests, I can't deny that I cared about Lauren because Amber Watson's acting is just spot on and most of the time very natural. Most of the cast holds up, but she really shines in several scenes, and manages to be charming too.
"Loverboy" might be a bit tame for me, the romance is really on par with teen romances and the horror/thriller aspect only shows itself in small bursts, most of them towards the end. I do respect that Erica Summers played the movie this way, and it keeps it seperated from many other movies, but it just isn't for me. There is nothing wrong with the production itself (except for maybe the music - but again, teen romance-y flick!), I am quite surprised that Erica Summers put this together with her budget and didn't just manage to get a movie that looks pretty good, but her actors behave on camera too! So yeah, there you have it. I am definitely more excited to watch Erica's "Mister White" after this, knowing it's more horror.