Happy September dear horror friends!
For this week’s FFR I wanted to theme it up with a Back to School edition. Whether you’re done with school forever or you’re getting ready to go back, these selections reminisce the horrors of being in school.
Death Note (Netflix)
Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.
I’ve heard that this Americanized version is getting some shade but you know what. I still dug it!
I appreciate that Adam Wingard took a different approach to the story line while also adding a creative take on the death scenes. The death scenes alone sold me on the movie. I felt like I was watching something on par with Final Destination.
I know not everyone is going to be a fan of this interpretation but I still think it’s worth watching.
The Craft (Netflix)
.After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie, Rochelle and Nancy, like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.
I was attending an all-girls Catholic high school at the time The Craft came out so I found it to be very relatable. Ok so I couldn’t cast spells on people, change the color of my hair with a simple swoosh or fly but still girls in high school can be some evil ass witches.
If you have not seen The Craft before this is a great opportunity to check it out or if you have seen it, go ahead a watch it again!
MTV’s Scream (Netflix)
MTV teams with super-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein on a TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated by a cyberbullying incident that goes viral, a brutal murder in Lakewood stirs memories of a crime spree from the town’s past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just spawned a new executioner. At the center of the story is a group of teenagers — with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart — who, says the network, “become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.”
I decided to randomly watch MTV’s take on Scream just to see if it had any relation to the movie(s). First off, it does not and secondary I was pleasantly surprised how good the show is! It had more splatter than I expected AND the story had me hooked as well.
If you are on the fence with checking out Scream, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
Disturbing Behavior (Amazon Prime/Hulu)
Steve Clark is a newcomer in the town of Cradle Bay, and he quickly realizes that there’s something odd about his high school classmates. The clique known as the “Blue Ribbons” are the eerie embodiment of academic excellence and clean living. But, like the rest of the town, they’re a little too perfect. When Steve’s rebellious friend Gavin mysteriously joins their ranks, Steve searches for the truth with fellow misfit Rachel.
I have always been a fan of “body snatchers” type of movies and Disturbing Behavior is slightly aligned with that sub-genre.
Disturbing Behavior is another movie that came out while I was going through my high school angsty years so this has a special place in my heart.
Battle Royale (Shudder)
Forty-two 9th graders are sent to a deserted island. They are given a map, food, and various weapons. An explosive collar is fitted around their neck. If they break a rule, the collar explodes. Their mission: kill each other and be the last one standing. The last survivor is allowed to leave the island. If there is more than one survivor, the collars explode and kill them all.
Battle Royale always reminds me of the true nature of kids in school. Here these kids are FORCED to fight for their lives yet most of them are basing their decision on shady shit and personal butt hurt feelings.
I’m always shocked to meet someone who has not seen BR before so if you’re one of them, check it out!
*I don’t sponsor with Shudder but I do enjoy them so if you’re looking for a streaming horror specific option, try out Shudder! *
If there is something currently streaming that you think people should watch, let me know for a future recommendation!