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Most Likely to Die is a 2015 slasher film directed by Anthony DiBlasi and written by Laura Brennan.

It focuses on a group of high school friends getting together for a party on the day before their 10-year high school reunion, only for the old friends to get knocked off one by one by The Graduate, a mysterious killer who wears a mask and a graduation gown, and kills his old classmates based on the things they were "most likely" to do, as seen in their high school yearbook.

Clearly, The Graduate is someone they know, but is it the bullied kid (the titular "Most Likely to Die" in the yearbook) they got expelled via a cruel prank, is it the mysteriously absent hockey bad boy and party host who just got cut by his NHL team, is it the creepy housekeeper, or is it someone else?


Tropes "most likely" to be included in this movie:

  • The Alcoholic: Freddie. After his boyfriend dies in a car crash caused by his drinking, Freddie kicks the booze habit he had been known for since his high school days. He starts drinking again, however, when more than half of the gang has been murdered and The Graduate's identity has been revealed.
  • Asshole Victim: Averted. Based on their past actions, Ray comes about as a Jerk Jock and the biggest a-hole in the group of friends, having led the bullying against John Doe since the first grade, being known for his bad temper, and having coerced DJ into planting the gun in John's locker so that his hockey scholarship isn't jeopardized. As an adult, he seems to be a surly sort, though a lot of this is due to the fact he was cut by the New York Rangers. Yet he's one of the few survivors of DJ/The Graduate's killing spree, as DJ had deliberately kept Ray alive and tied up in the trunk of his car, hoping to frame him for the murders. However, his actions cause his girlfriend and most of his friends death.
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  • Black Guy Dies First: Playing With. Although The Graduate kills creepy housekeeper Tarkin early on in the film, Lamont is technically the first male member of the old gang of friends who gets killed, right after DJ reveals himself as The Graduate.
  • Camp Gay: Freddie. And why not, as he's played by gossip columnist Perez Hilton.
  • Fanservice: Brad's "girlfriend" Bella, who gets perved on by Tarkin while she changes into her swimsuit. Also the first victim Ashley, who was preparing a striptease for Ray at the time she was lured to her death.
    • Ray's shirtless scene right at the end
  • Final Girl: Gaby is literally the final girl, as The Graduate has killed all the other women toward the end of the film, while only one of the men in the group of friends has been killed.
  • Foreshadowing: The Graduate's M.O. – killing his high school classmates based on their yearbook captions, e.g. first victim Ashley, aka "Most Likely to Have Her Name in Lights," who's found dead with her name in Christmas lights. As The Graduate turns out to be class clown/prankster DJ, his caption of "Most Likely to Have The Last Laugh" is eerily prophetic, though he obviously doesn't get to kill all of his targets.
  • Freudian Excuse: Although it does not excuse the fact that he murdered most of his closest high school friends, DJ explains that his actions are revenge for the fact that the bullied kid John Dougherty had a rough life as an adult, and ultimately killed himself after DJ came clean about the series of pranks that got him expelled from high school. He also notes that he never wanted to be involved in the final prank, as he hid the gun in John's locker on Ray's request, so that Ray doesn't get into even more trouble and lose his hockey scholarship.
  • Improbable Weapon User: While The Graduate also uses a common hand razor, his graduate cap is actually lined with razorblades, which he uses several times to kill, once even by throwing it like Oddjob.
  • Large Ham: Perez Hilton's character Freddie, with his histrionic screams and panicked behavior.
  • Last-Name Basis: Most of the friends, ex-girlfriend Gaby included, call Brad by his last name, Campbell.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Jade, as further evidenced by her being "Most Likely to Break Hearts." It's implied that she turned down several boys in high school due to her sexual orientation, and as an adult, she stayed home to be in a relationship with the gang's old English teacher, a woman named Elaine.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In classic slasher-style fare, The Graduate should not be able to get around as fast as he does or change out of his costume that quickly, which is seemingly done only to preserve his identity up to the last twist.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: John Dougherty, who was always referred to as "John Doe." As the gang recalls, nobody ever called him by his real name.
  • Really Gets Around: Mentioned that Ashley was unfaithful to Ray and seeing other men on the side, though Ray didn't seem to mind.
  • Slashed Throat: The Graduate's prefered method of execution using razor blades. As with most movies, his victims die almost instantly rather than spend several agonizing hours choking on their own blood.
  • The End... Or Is It?: After Gaby kills DJ and Ray pumps a few more bullets in him to make sure he's dead, a spirit appears next to DJ's body, picks up his mask, and puts it on his face. Although not mentioned, the spirit is thought to be the ghost of John Doe/Dougherty, presumably ready to continue DJ's unfinished business.

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