Friday, May 24, 2013

Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

Number Rolled: 74
Movie Name/Year: Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 92 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Matthew Spradlin
Writer: Matthew Spradlin, Barry Wernick
Actors: Judd Nelson, Ben Browder, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Stewart, Jeffrey Schmidt, Chanel Ryan, Collin Cole, Eloise DeJoria, Ice Mrozek, Rodney Johnson

Have you ever seen The Breakfast Club? Eighties children, I know you have, and I’m fairly certain the rest of you have, too. In case I’m wrong I’ll tell you about it. It’s a movie about a group of kids from different cliques that get stuck in a Saturday detention and find common ground to become friends. It’s really very heartwarming and filled with hope. Take that movie, put in a vengeful ghost and you have Bad Kids Go to Hell.

It’s really very interesting to see what a single change in base plot can do to a movie. They took an amazing classic movie, added that one extra ingredient, and came up with a vastly mediocre horror/thriller that had a relatively decent ending. Although it was mediocre, I found that I really enjoyed watching it. I might even watch it again someday.

Mostly, I wasn’t impressed with the actors, but one of them did make a fan out of me. Cameron Deane Stewart, who played the main character (Matt Clark) was really good. I think part of the reason I found the movie had so much entertainment value, despite the many flaws, was because of his acting. He took a part that could have easily been portrayed just as cheesy as the film and made it actually seem believable. I was impressed. I don’t see anything else on Netflix that he’s been in, and a simple visit to IMDB revealed that there isn’t much anyway, but if I come across anything later on I’ll be quick to add it to my instant queue.

Even though I’ve labeled the movie as mediocre, I’d still recommend it to people. Provided they consider it more of a Breakfast Club parody than a serious attempt at horror.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

Addendum – This movie was based off a graphic novel (with the same name) by Matthew Spradlin. I have not yet read it, but I would believe this storyline could be more successful as a graphic novel than a movie.

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