BAD KIDS OF CRESTVIEW ACADEMY
• RELEASE DATE: In Theaters and On Demand Now
• WRITTEN BY: Barry Wernick, James R. Hallam
• DIRECTED BY: Ben Browder
• STARRING: Sammi Hanratty, Sean Astin, Drake Bell
-Reviewed by Daniel XIII
After Siouxsie’s (Hanratty) sister is murdered on campus, our plucky heroine gets her self purposefully interred in weekend detention (reserved for the richest students at Crestview Academy) to investigate the homicide further, as she believes these elitist d-bags know exactly what went down. This being a (semi) fright flick and all, our scrappy gang o’ goofs soon find them locked within the school where they begin to find themselves B.D, in the horror biz, as a mysterious assailant begins taking them out one by one. Who will survive, and what will be left of them…and is something supernatural afoot in among the stalk n’ slay?
First and foremost BAD KIDS OF CRESTVIEW ACADEMY (a sequel of sorts to 2012’s BAD KIDS GO TO HELL…although this film plays like a stand alone; hell, I had no idea the first film even existed before I performed an exhaustive 3.7 second IMDb search) is a fun lil’ fright flick. It doesn’t take itself overly seriously, and it’s filled to the brim with outrageous characters and absurd situations. The cast is really strong, with Sean Astin’s performance as a straight laced teacher in over his head surrounded by student body comprised of sociopaths and miscreants being a real stand out. Also adding to the enjoyment are some well done comic book style transition shots (fitting as this is based on a graphic novel), a lil’ groovy gore, and decent twists and turns.
If there is a negative to be found here; it’s that dread demon; lengthy run-time. I have no idea what possesses people to make horror movies that run over the “golden” 80 to 90 minutes, but they keep doing it, and ol’ BAD KIDS is no exception. At over an hour and forty minutes the action slows down here and there, and the overall pacing suffers for it a tad; but that being said, it is in no way a detriment to the over-all entertainment to be found here.
To put a fuckin’ bow on it; I really enjoyed BAD KIDS OF CRESTVIEW ACADEMY, and willing to wager you will to; it’s a serious load of fun and frights with some great slashy hijinks. Highly recommended!