Written and directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer (Jerk All-Stars), Some Kind Of Hate is one of the films curated by the FrightFest Presents team and is being released as one of the first phase of six films in time for Halloween.
Lincoln Taggert (Ronen Rubinstein – It Felt Like Love, Jamie Marks Is Dead) is a troubled young man. He is very much a loner, into heavy metal and quite different to his peers. Living with an abusive father, he also faces bullying at school. One day the bullies take it too far, Lincoln snaps and stabs one of them in the face with a fork.
Although they started it, he is blamed and the school decide to send him away to the Mind’s Eye Academy, a reform school for trouble makers, run by new age hippy Jack Iverson (Michael Polish – The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho) and his two helpers Krauss (Noah Segan – Looper) and Christine (Lexi Atkins – Ted 2, Zombeavers). The location is remote, way out in the desert and no communication with the outside world is permitted. Sounds like the ideal situation for a load of unruly teenagers and only three adults.
At first things seem to be better here, Lincoln finds a friend in his room mate Isaac (Spencer Breslin – The Happening, Stuck In Love) and he has even caught the eye of one of the female students, Kaitlin (Grace Phipps – Dark Summer, Tales Of Halloween).
As always though, the local bullies begin to circle, here in the form of Willie (Maestro Harrell – Ali, Suburgatory) and his gang of meatheads who seem intent on hurting Lincoln in an attempt to make him snap.
In his despair, he reaches out and accidentally awakens a fellow tormented soul, Moira (Sierra McCormick – A.N.T. Farm, Ramona and Beezus)), who is more than willing and very able to take revenge on everyone who has caused them harm.
Some Kind of Hate is an enjoyable watch. The contrast between the dark and emo personality of Lincoln against the bright yoga sessions and motivational speeches in the desert sunshine make his pain all the more raw and Ronen Rubinstein gives a very convincing performance.
It deals with a number of difficult subjects, self harming, suicide, bullying and culminates all of them in a veritable blood bath, featuring some really rather good special effects, with blood spurting everywhere in a most satisfying fashion. If you’re into horror then this one is definitely worth your while downloading.
“You have come here to destroy the impulses that got you here.”
Some Kind of Hate is available to download now on iTunes, Virgin Movies, Blinkbox, Google Play, Amazon, Xbox Video, Wuaki, Talk Talk and Volta.