Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phil's Horror Watch: SOME KIND OF HATE (2015) from RLJ Entertainment -June 28, 2016

SOME KIND OF HATE Blu-Ray (2015)
Starring: Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Lexi Atkins, Spencer Breslin, Brando Eaton, Maestro Harrell
Written by Brian DeLeeuw & Adam Egypt Mortimer
Cinematography by Benji Bakshi
Edited by Josh Ethier
Produced by
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer
Distributed by RLJ Entertainment

Once again the independent horror film world has provided us horror fans another cinematic nightmare with social commentary that today's youths can all too easily relate to. Today's film addresses an issue that has been plaguing our public school system for decades: bullying. This crisis has gotten so out of hand that teens have been committing suicide as a way to escape their hellish torment. Unfortunately, some of these teens have been lashing out against their peers as school shootings have now become the norm. It is in this unstable and uncertain climate that makes the film SOME KIND OF HATE that much more relevant to today's youth.

The film's official synopsis: Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln's life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching - a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.

Festival Movie Poster (2015)
The movie is also another fine example of transcending the horror genre to new heights. In this case, the slasher genre. Not since Freddy Kruger has there been a more terrifying supernatural entity that has caused more teen deaths than our main antagonist Moria, played by Sierra McCormick. While we are supposed to dispose the villain, Moria is more of a sympathetic character. She was bullied to the point of committing suicide and how do we not feel sorry for her. But her thirst for revenge only fuels her hatred and she comes to the aide via a cry for help from Lincoln, played by Ronen Rubinstein. Both McCormick and Rubinstein have great on-screen chemistry as they are the young and yang to each other. Add the beautiful and talented Grace Phipps as Lincoln's love interest Kaitlin (whose performance in the film was absolutely incredible!) and the film rises to the next level of believability and terror.

Writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer (along with co-writer Brian DeLeeuw) combines the look and feel of a classic slasher film while simultaneously addressing the issue of bullying, something that has been talked about a lot in the news as of late. The issue of bullying has gotten completely out of hand to where children today can no longer handle it and their only escape is to either lash out with violence or commit suicide. Mortimer does a tremendous job of combining this terrible issue with supernatural horror, much like his predecessor Wes Craven did with 1984's horror classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. His directing is a blend of hand held documentary and down and dirty grindhouse horror; meaning the camera doesn't flinch away from the gruesome gore and violence. Plus it didn't hurt that the film was shot with an authentic 1970's widescreen anamorphic lenses to give it that look and feel of a grindhouse flick.

Overall SOME KIND OF HATE is one of the best indie horror films of 2016!! If you are being bullied or you are bully, then you both should see this movie immediately! It will make you think twice about what you are doing! 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!

SOME KIND OF HATE is currently available on DVD at your local retailer or online at the Amazon website. It is also available on Video On Demand, digital download and Amazon Prime. To learn more about RLJ Entertainment, visit their website at www.rljentertainment.com.

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