SOME KIND OF HATE
Some Kind of Hate reads as one of the variants on the teen underdog gains supernatural comeuppance fantasy that came out in the late 1970s/early 80s following the success of the original Carrie (1976). There were a number of copycat films made during this period all featuring downtrodden teenagers latching onto some kind of superpower or supernatural force to exact their comeuppance in the world. In particular, this reminds a good deal of Evilspeak (1981), which had Clint Howard as a bullied student in a military academy finding a Satanic tome that allowed him to exact nasty gore-filled deaths against his tormentors.
Adam Egypt Mortimer delivers quite a reasonable variant on the basics. The characters are all convincingly well drawn. Mortimer has a good cast including the rising name of the strikingly looking Grace Phipps and Spencer Breslin, a few years ago a kid performer, as well as supporting parts from known faces likes Noah Seegan as a counsellor, Andrew Bryniarski as Ronen Rubinsteins alcoholic biker father and Michael Polish who is underused as the head of the camp. Ronen Rubinstein makes for a strong loner lead indeed, he does so well at creating a screen presence that you have difficulty believing he is naturally someone so downtrodden.
Mortimer draws you into the film. The tone is slow and quiet but the bullying scenes have some impact when they come. The trail of deaths builds to a considerable bloodbath by the end of the show. There is nothing that the film does that is too different from what has gone before, it just does it well. One thing I did like was the fact that the film emphasises a responsibility for ones desire for revenge and first has the hero wishing people were killed and then trying to turn this back and stopping things when it actually starts to happen. This makes considerable contrast to the average vigilante and revenge film where those that have wronged the hero are marked as victims and their slaughter is seen as entirely justified.
Adam Egypt Mortimer next went onto produce the horror anthology Holidays (2016) and direct the New Years Day episode.