Bad Kids Go to Hell

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: On a stormy Saturday afternoon, 6 students from Crestview Academy confront horrible fates as they serve their detentions. Is a fellow student to blame, or maybe Crestview's alleged ghosts are responsible for the terrible acts?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 18, 2012
    80
    A slickly produced and brazenly clever piece of work that could attract a cult by sheer dint of its ingenious nastiness and self-aware snark.
  2. Reviewed by: James Spillane
    Dec 4, 2012
    63
    The film's unlikely combination of didacticism and sexy teen slaughter signals a booming trend: the Occupy horror flick.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Dec 10, 2012
    40
    This bloody exercise in camp quickly wears out is welcome, although its copious doses of nudity and gore, as well as its undeniably catchy title, should help it stand out on video shelves.
  4. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    Dec 5, 2012
    20
    Bad Kids Go to Hell is the kind of movie its own pampered, careless, coked-up characters would make as a class project at the ass-end of senior year: boys running around with weapons, girls mugging sexy-sassy, narrative continuity be damned.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 20, 2012
    10
    Found the film to be much better than the comic it was based on. Since I only have so much space to review, Id defer to the VARIETY reviewFound the film to be much better than the comic it was based on. Since I only have so much space to review, Id defer to the VARIETY review which Joe Leydon hit pretty much on the nose: Fast, fun, and not too serious. It's dark, but not depressing. And the end is KILLER. And a GREAT soundtrack. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2013
    10
    Fun. It's a perfect Friday night rental. Best part was the acting. Judd Nelson is hilarious and the younger players seem to all be on theirFun. It's a perfect Friday night rental. Best part was the acting. Judd Nelson is hilarious and the younger players seem to all be on their way up. If you loved the comic, you'll love this Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2012
    10
    It's a very entertaining movie that me on the edge of my seat until the very unexpected ending (stay for credits). The acting was superb andIt's a very entertaining movie that me on the edge of my seat until the very unexpected ending (stay for credits). The acting was superb and not just from Judd Nelson and Ben Browder. The "Bad Kids" were cast exceptionally well. One of the most surprising talents was Jeffrey Schmidt, who played Dr. Day. His quirky character was hilarious, as were many of the unexpected music video style flashback scenes that had the whole theater laughing out loud. This is definitely one of those movies that you'll want to see with others. Instant cult classic! Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2012
    10
    Fast pace and entertaining! Clever writing and lots of whit! Most certainly a thinking persons movie! I like the ride all the way to theFast pace and entertaining! Clever writing and lots of whit! Most certainly a thinking persons movie! I like the ride all the way to the end! Great surprise and twists!!! Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2015
    8
    Everything about “Bad Kids Go To Hell” is almost perfect in it’s utilization of nostalgia it tries to capture, with all the tribute images andEverything about “Bad Kids Go To Hell” is almost perfect in it’s utilization of nostalgia it tries to capture, with all the tribute images and backdrops that so epically scream “John Hughes”. From the library, the character traits of the kids, (only more modern and less wholesome), who make up the cast, right down to the awesome Judd Nelson cameo as Head Master. The flaw (which is minor) is that it seemed to go hardcore in referencing the 80’s high school flick but sadly no real dialogue reverb from the movie, what - not one kid could have found a way to declare “I wanna be just like you. I figure all I need, is a lobotomy and some tights”. Okay, I know new decade , new social commentary. The film does have some very awesome quotable moments that I loved, my fave “I don’t worship the devil, I just promote him”. The cast where killer in their role and all had more than enough back story and depth of personality to bring the characters to life. I did want a bit more bravado, overt-expression from a couple of the characters. I thought they where more subdued than they should have been, but still the acting was stellar. Plus a hot cast can hardly ever go wrong.

    The movie’s “spooky” element was a nice premise to keep the plot stimulated, (remember I am not giving any details away here), which seemed to put the kid’s paranoia in overdrive, and the ending twist was cool. Although it almost came off as lame, thank god it was the ending, and not revealed earlier or the film would have failed, much like “Cry Wolf”. The effects and gore are there but not really allowed to be the focal point of the moment which is kind of a bummer but still it didn’t detract from the movie. “Bad Kids Go To Hell” is a fun, dark satire on High School life as well as basic social discourse that we all have to endure. Plus the subtext of how, based on generation gap and over extended lives, adults tend to view life and young people with a very distorted view outside of the reality that teens or young people in general experience (and vice versa). All in all this film is pretty excellent and a great addition for fans of 80’s throwbacks or contemporary American movies, although technically it isn’t a horror film it does have some pretty thrilling moments in true Draconian fashion. The real meat of the story lies with the way they reveal how each kid got sent into detention. The flashback is totally 90’s “here is how…” stylization. Plus for some reason I got an early Rodriquez vibe from the film.
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  6. Jul 26, 2013
    5
    Although the acting in this film was quite good; its writing was really lacking. Despite the fact that there were several amusing scenes as aAlthough the acting in this film was quite good; its writing was really lacking. Despite the fact that there were several amusing scenes as a "horror movie" it failed to be fully satisfying. Several characters that were detestable lived and the film had two twists. The first of which wasn't bad but the second twist (which occurred in the scene directly after the previous twist) was just plain silly. The film had potential but the writing (and fake looking roaches and rain) really held it back from being achieved. Expand

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