My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen is MTV’s first original film, although My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen isn’t a total stretch. Since the My Super Sweet Sixteen series usually has teenagers turning psycho on their sweet sixteen, My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen just takes it one step further by having a killer psycho crash the party. Last night, My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen premiered in time for the Halloween rush, and will undoubtedly be replayed over and over by MTV until October 31, at least.
MTV uses My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen as a spoof of sweet sixteen birthday parties and horror films – two genres that go together easier than one might think. The spoiled birthday girl at this super sweet sixteen already has to deal with an unpopular outcast moving in on her ex-boyfriend – so the outcast’s father showing up to kill everyone is tame by comparison.
The responses to My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen were fairly positive from TV critics, or at least more positive than one might expect for something like this. The satirical clashing of genres seems to have been ideal for MTV, as they begin their latest branch of entertainment – scripted movies.
MTV Films produces a lot of movies for theaters, but My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen is the first movie made exclusively for the MTV channel. MTV’s original programming had been limited to reality shows that most often looked scripted, but now they are moving forward with several upcoming TV movie projects.
The number of channels that don’t have original movies and miniseries to their name is dwindling down. AMC has had big success with originals shows, movies and miniseries’s right off the bat, as has FX. MTV is aiming a little lower, with horror spoofs like My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen, but they have more to come.
In future months, MTV is releasing three more original films, a scripted comedy series, and a remake of the British show Skins. The reality show branch of MTV will soon have to compete with slightly more scripted programming on MTV – while actual music videos continue to fade into the background. Meanwhile, My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen will keep getting played back by MTV for the next week and beyond.
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