Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

A bunch of kids end up in Saturday detention at a private school that was built on an old Indian burial ground.  The kids are locked in the library by the guidance counselor and so begins our horror version of the Breakfast Club - the difference being that instead of the kids all bonding and finding out they really aren't all that different from each other, they are all jerks with no redeeming value. Oh. So I guess they do have something in common.

Matthew, who is not on the detention list, convinces the guidance counselor that he should serve his detention on Saturday rather than during the week.  This is some sort of grand F.U. from Matthew since he's been expelled.  I'm not really sure how that pays back the school, but whatever.

In flashbacks we see that he has been blamed for multiple accidents and tackling other students. In reality he was knocking them flat to keep them from harm as the accidents were purposeful tricks done by other students. Needless to say, the Principal (played by Judd Nelson) is not amused.

There are some funny scenes, including one where the Principal repeatedly chastises Matthew for picking on the retarded kid in the wheelchair while the kid keeps going, "I'm not retarded!"

It's fairly standard horror and sometimes seems a bit long. I guess it's supposed to be a satire, but it doesn't deliver on that front.

Watch for the scene with the crutch used as an instrument of death as the crutch ends up midget height. Is that intentional comedy, or just a bad prop? I have no idea, which is too bad since it's not good when you can't tell if something is supposed to be comedic or if it was hoped the change in size wouldn't be noticed.

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