Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.
In the film, SOME KIND OF HATE, Lincoln is a teen who often finds himself bullied by his classmates. On one such occasion however, Lincoln decides to retaliate, as he stabs one of his tormentors. It was an act of revenge, but unfortunately, the school doesn't take to kindly to it. As a result, Lincoln is sent off to the "Mind's Eye Academy", a reform school for wayward youth. Once again, finding that he doesn't fit in with the crowd, Lincoln finds himself in the mix of a group of teens with a number of troubles. Things ranging from self mutilation, to drug use - drastically differing from Lincoln, as he is simply, just a quiet teen, who loves Death Metal. With this in mind however, Lincoln initially tries to walk the straight and narrow at Mind's Eye, and even catches the eye of the academy's most popular girl, Kaitlyn, who suddenly takes an interest in him. However, the quiet nature of Lincoln's new surroundings soon change, when a small group of teens led by Willie, look to test his limits. Soon the "testing" turns to full-fledged bullying, as it would seem that Lincoln is back to square one. After being beat down by Willie and his boys, Lincoln takes refuge in a nearby abandoned building. It is here, that, while a bloody mess, he curses them, and wishes they were dead. Things that he assumed that were being said only to himself. But little did he know that someone else heard those words of anger, and wishes to grant them on his behalf. That person is someone....or some-thing, rather who has risen from the dead. Her name is Moira Karp, a young teen who was once also at Mind's Eye. She was also bullied, much like Lincoln. However, where their stories are different, is that Moira did not survive her torment, in fact, the circumstances surrounding her death, are shrouded in mystery. Moira has come back to get revenge, willing to act on Lincoln's behalf, and she does just that. Because soon, teens, and adults alike begin to fall prey to Moira, The carnage and death is overwhelming for Lincoln. who didn't exactly ask for it. Lincoln thinks that asking her to stop, will put an end to it all, but unfortunately, he finds that Moira is hellbent on reeking havok. It only makes things worse, because soon, not only are Lincoln's tormentors the target of Moira's rage, so are both he, Kaitlyn, as well as his pal, Isaac.
The topic of bullying has been hot the last couple of years, and Director Adam Egypt Mortimer's film, SOME KIND OF HATE, is one of the latest films to tackle the subject, albeit with a little twist. While implementing an element of the supernatural, and a little bit of fantasy, it demonstrates what might happen, if say, the bullied, came back to get a little revenge. It is essentially a descriptive supernatural slasher, but that's not to say that it is void of any kind of message of value. In fact, I feel that it is a little precautionary, As if to say "Look at what bullying could lead to", but in a fantasized sense of course.
The set up for SOME KIND OF HATE is pretty familiar on both sides of the spectrum. One one side, the film portrays something that is very real, and that is the topic of bullying, whether at school, or anywhere. And then of course there is the plot element that is really familiar within the realm of Horror. And of course I am talking about the idea of someone coming back from the dead to exact revenge. SOME KIND OF HATE, meshes these two things together, both "real world", and Horror fantasy, to create a story that is somewhat powerful. As a piece about bullying, it shows the emotion that victims go through, and as a Horror film, it is also somewhat clever. As far as the Horror aspect goes, I love how Moira returns and gets her "revenge", and the way in which her back story is told. But, perhaps it is the way in which she inflicts punishment, that is the most creative and cleaver. In the film, Moira Karp, basically makes herself a human voodoo doll. The girl, whom was a known "cutter", instead of attacking her victims, attacks herself. You see, when she hurts herself, the victim then experiences the same pain, and thus bares the same wounds. It is really nicely executed, and as I said, very cleaver. And visually, it looks good as well.
As for the acting in SOME KIND OF HATE, i'd say it is pretty decent. Actor Ronen Rubinstein and Actress Grace Phipps lead the way as they portray "Lincoln" and "Kaitlyn", and they are good together. Over time, we really go to like them, as two troubled teens, who find comfort in eachother. When it comes to the Lincoln character, I am glad that the film opted to go a different route. Because not all bullying victims are loners, nerds or geeks. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here, Lincoln has long hair, wears black, and likes Death Metal music. I think Rubinstein pulls it off well. As Lincoln's love interest, Phipps again does well in yet another film. Ever since first seeing her in Paul Solet's film DARK SUMMER a few months back, I have really become a fan. Not only is she talented, she's really hot as well. That's right, I said it! And speaking of DARK SUMMER, also here, is Actor Maestro Harrell, who was also in that film. Here, Harrell is "Willie", Lincoln's main tormentor at Mind's Eye Academy. He does a good job of being disliked rather quickly, which is exactly what the film calls for. Elsewhere, everyone else is good as well. Sierra McCormick is mostly sympathetic as "Moira Karp", the victim who comes back from the dead. I will say that sometimes her dialogue delivery was a little cheesy, but for the most part, not a bad performance. In other roles are actor Spencer Breslin as Lincoln's new friend, Isaac, as well as Actor Noah Segan(who I like) as "Krauss", one of the counselors at Mind's Eye Academy. Other support comes from Lexi Atkins("Christine", a Counselor) and Andrew Bryniarski, who makes a brief appearance at the beginning, as Lincoln's abusive father.
Overall, SOME KIND OF HATE is a decent film that is enjoyable, and one that has a good message behind it. But while it was good, and I really liked it, admittedly, the film doesn't exactly make as big an impact as its title would imply.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
As I said, I both liked, and enjoyed SOME KIND OF HATE, as well as it's message. It is a film that is well executed. However in the end, I feel that it could have been better. But as is, in my opinion, it is a decent effort, well worth the watch.
This film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 3, 2015