Thursday, November 19, 2009

Summer School (2006)


Fear 2/5
Gore 4/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 2/5

Every now and then, a horror film completely comes out of left field and punches me in the face with a fistful of awesome. I like to gamble every now and then with my Verizon Fios On Demand horror movie selections, only watching the trailer and not relying on any reviews beforehand to sway my purchasing decision. Nine times out of ten I get screwed but every now and then, I find a true gem. Like yesterday's entry, Summer School is an incredible little indie horror film, simple in set-up and execution. By film's end, you are left asking yourself 'Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?'

Meet Charlie. He's a horror film fanatic and blogger. Instead of enjoying his time off during summer vacation, he's self-imposedly put himself in school, trying to get ahead of his studies so that senior year is a breeze. Along with his burn out buddies (who are there by court order due to some recent vandalizing activities), a girl he has an eye for, the teacher, and an officer which is patrolling the halls making sure the vandals stay put, a horror movie version of Groundhog's Day unfolds.

Charlie doesn't let his love of horror films and reviewing them get in the way of his school studies. So something has to give and he instead sacrifices his sleep. During class, he passes out and wakes up to find himself in various horror movie-like scenarios: he's targeted as a sacrifice by a satanic cult, strange creatures roam the halls and come after him, a nazi soldier along with his machine gun toting sidekick mow down the school and promptly target him, vampires try to get a meal from his neck, and hillbillies chase him after he tries to escape the confines of the school. In each scenario, he unsuccessfully fends off his attackers and his life ends in grisly fashions. Afterwards, he wakes up at his desk and then proceeds to the next. After going through the aforementioned situations, the conclusion finds him facing his last and just when he thinks that he's escaped, comes an ending that neither he nor you (the viewer) expects.

Such a simple and effective film, I was so incredibly awed after watching it and I felt ashamed that I hadn't heard about it before. The film was shot in such a way that gave it a B-movie and drive-in cinema feel but overall, it has a soul and spirit thats totally unique. And look at that movie poster. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I think that horror movie poster art is a lost form. But whoever designed this definitely nailed it.

The trailer does not do the film justice nor can you totally tell what the film is about. I think it was intentionally cut that way because to reveal any of the particulars around Charlie's adventures, would spoil the surprise of the film. And surprise me it did. I promptly emailed the production company behind this and got in touch with one of the directors. I hope to interview them soon. Yes, I was THAT impressed by this film. See this indie horror adventure, ASAP. And spread the word to friends and fellow bloggers alike!

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7 comments:

Antonio D'Astoli said...

Ehy, what a coincidence. I saw the same movie two days ago :D! Like you, it left me an overall good impression, even if some parts of it could be too simple or childish. This is exactly how an indie horror should be. I Liked very much the ending. Recommended without any doubt. 7/10
Bravo to the riewer for having discovered this little gem ;)

Chris Hallock said...

This sounds great! Thanks for posting!

William Malmborg said...

Wow, this sounds really good. I think I will check it out. Thanks for the post.

Jay Amabile said...

i've had this on my netflix queue for a while but I haven't streamed it yet. for some reason they list it as 2006. I'm glad to hear that it's good...can't wait to watch it now!

Horror Queen said...

This movie looks cool! I must watch this asap... I posted a new film also- at my site your welcomed to watch it in it's entirety. ~Horror Queen

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Pax Romano said...

and Netflix has it as an instant view! Boo YA!

Can't wait to watch.

Complaint Dept said...

I love Summer School! Mark Harmon is awesome in it.