Bullying is a common thing among adolescents. These days the overall idea of bullying is the same even though the medium has slightly changed. Now you are more prone to witnessing an act of bullying online than an actual face to face 3 O’CLOCK HIGH scenario from the past. Still it’s something that has plagued our society since it’s inception and as long as people are looked at as “weak” or “different” these stances will not change. In Adam Egypt Mortimer relentless supernatural thriller SOME KIND OF HATE a victim of bullying gets an unwanted ally who seems to have an unquenched lust for blood. A devastating take on an all too familiar tale SOME KIND OF HATE is surprisingly good.
In the film we find Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein) who has been sent to a reform camp after attacking a bully at his school. Thinking he is finally finished being picked on he runs across Willie (Maestro Harrell) and his band of misfits. He finds friends in Isaac (Spencer Breslin) and Kaitlin(Grace Phipps) but the constant bullying leads to him calling on an unlikely form of help. This is the kind of help no one wants and leads to a bloodbath of events that no one saw coming. SOME KIND OF HATE really grabs your attention as it quickly moves from after school special to all out assault supernatural slasher. Lincoln is an annoying character as you scream for him to fight back in the film which is exactly what sets you up for the inevitable. While it’s still unclear how he brings about the vengeful spirit when it arrives there is no going back and fans of a bloody good time are privy to something stellar. This film will be hard to watch if anyone in your life has committed suicide because that is a part of the storyline that really picks up as the film continues. Still it’s engaging and short enough to remind the viewer that adding a little something different to your normal revenge movie can work.
Overall I was pleased with SOME KIND OF HATE. At the start of the film I was worried that it would drag on to a point of boredom but that was quickly resolved. Watching someone get bullied may be one of the most used factors in a horror film but Mortimer does a good job of making SOME KIND OF HATE fresh. Believe me if you are a victim of bullying after seeing this film you may take back some of the hash words and intentions you felt towards your oppressors. Or you may just get a few more ideas on how to get rid of them!
SOME KIND OF HATE is directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer and stars Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell, Lexi Atkins, Sierra McCormick, Noah Segan, Brando Eaton with Spencer Breslin and Michael Polish. It will be released on iTunes, VOD and limited theaters on September 18th courtesy of RLJ Entertainment.