Drama / Horror / Thriller
Drama / Horror / Thriller
Two schoolboy delinquents learn a lesson that they will never forget when a teacher at the end of his tether decides to abduct them.
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June 11, 2018 at 05:41 AM
Lots of blood and a few screams too
When the students frustrate the teacher too much, what will the teacher do? Perhaps those students need a lesson - a real lesson that they will never forget in their lifetime.
The teacher makes sure that the students pay full attention this time, no matter what it takes. He has all the tools for the job - nails, hammers, pliers, knives, duct tape and a brand new nail gun. And so follows a night of horror, torture and screams. But he will not stop until they learn the lesson by heart.
If you have loved Panic Room (2002), Shuttle (2009) and Saw (2004), then you will enjoy this movie too.
Stale And Boring
The premise for this really caught my interest, a teacher getting revenge on some disrespectful little brats? Sign me up. Unfortunately while watching this it became very clear that this was not going to be an ultra gory torture/revenge flick, instead it played out more like an indie drama that just happened to have a horror premise.
It starts off alright enough, the two boys are unlikable but I figured that was OK since the premise of the movie is about them being kidnapped/tortured. The big problem here though is that once the boys do get captured almost the entire rest of the movie is one big monologue delivered by the teacher character. This wouldn't be so bad if it was interesting dialogue, but it really isn't, he basically just goes through a bunch of things that the boys were supposed to learn in his class. This all leads up to a very underwhelming finale.
Once everything was all said and done I didn't really feel anything, the movie never had me attached or interested in any of the characters. There are a few scenes that I could tell were suppose to be artsy/deep but they just felt forced. Overall I just wasn't into this, there isn't enough drama to make this a good indie drama and there definitely isn't enough horror to make this a good horror movie. There really isn't much to see here and you would probably be better off skipping it.
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The best Midnite Movie in Park City of 2016 was in fact at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Ruth Platt's brutally intelligent torture-porn flick THE LESSON (UK) had gaggles of audience members literally falling onto the floor as they scampered for the exit doors. Evoking both Michael Haneke's FUNNY GAMES and Lucky McKee's THE WOMAN (2011), Platt's debut feature follows two decidedly delinquent high schoolers that are finally forced to confront their own apathetic and sociapath(et)ic tendencies.
First time actor Evan Bendall gives such a guttural and empathetic performance that I started comparing him to Linda Blair in William Friendkin's THE EXORCiST (1973) and Marilyn Burns in Tobe Hooper's THE Texas CHAiNSAW MASSACRE (1974). The unshakable vision of this gruesome yet stunningly intellectual morality tale should pique the interest of even the most jaded and arrogant horror fans.
Writer-director Ruth Platt is as much of an educator in genre storytelling as the torturer is in her film. Bring your notebook and pencil to take down as many "lessons" as possible, ranging from the themes in Charles Dickens to the archetypal character names in William Golding. Because this master class in literature, cinema, and philosophy is more than just a test, it is here to inspire your life.
Taken from my round up of Sundance 2016 at www.48hill.org