Study Hell

"Terrible"

Study Hell Review


Detention: the word all high school students fear. What could be worse than staying after school and losing out on time that could be spent playing Halo 3? In Study Hell, students lose much more than valuable video game time when they are sentenced to detention with Professor Don Keller.

After receiving complaints from the school principal about his classroom performance, Keller (Steve McDougall), a retired Army Captain turned high school teacher, is assigned to watch students during detention hall. Some of the students irritate Keller, however, and bring back brutal war memories. He eventually reaches his breaking point and transforms from mild mannered professor to psycho serial killer.

Study Hell, a no-budget slasher film from writer/director/producer Mark McNabb, offers goose eggs in the violence and gore department despite its slasher premise. More likely than not, the filmmakers simply couldn't afford bloody, choreographed slasher sequences.

Study Hell's flaws expand far beyond the lack of funding, though: The script recycles ideas from dozens of teen horror comedies, and the early scenes bear shocking resemblance to The Breakfast Club; the direction is frenzied and unorganized; and porno characters have more distinct personalities than those found in this movie. In short, there's little positive to be said about Study Hell.

Speaking of pornography, Study Hell would have had more luck hiring porn stars than actors Steve McDougall and the rest of the cast. There are countless aspiring actors -- with talent -- who live within driving distance to most casting calls. There's no excuse for hiring actors as bad as these. They seem as if they are being fed lines from off-camera, and even then, their delivery is flabbergasting. Where did they find these actors? At an open call in Muncie, Indiana?

Additionally, it's difficult for a horror movie to hide behind funding problems after films like The Blair Witch Project and the original Halloween managed to provoke major screams on a minuscule budget. Bottom line: It's one thing to make a low-budget slasher film, but it's another to find pocket change under the couch cushion and think you can make a movie with it. If you can't afford fake blood, then you shouldn't be making horror movies.

Aka Dark Fields.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 10th October 2007

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

IMDB: 3.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mark McNabb

Producer: Mark McNabb

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