Duck! The Carbine High Massacre
William Hellfire, Todd Russell for Factory 2000
directed by William Hellfire, Joey Smack
starring William Hellfire, Joey Smack, Misty Mundae (= Erin Brown), Lilly Tiger, Chris Perez, Henry Krinkle, Michael Ovum, Ryan Trimmer, Kendall Ward, Marie Mazur, Mike Roser, Liz Bathory, Michael Lema, Pamela Anne, Stephen Harris, Jacqueline D'Angelo, Michelle Chard, Beef Hunkster, Michael Raso (= Michael Beckerman), Joe Ned, Larry Wellman, Rig, Pete Floris, Murial Martz, Rodney Sleurtols, Zachary Winston Snygg (= John Bacchus), Thomas Linden, Hernandez, Clancy Fitzsimmons, Lucille, Minty Hansen, John James, Martina Solej, Lora Lane, Nathan Lanman, Karl Pitt, John Link, Bobby Gonzo, Justine
written by William Hellfire, Joey Smack, Mick Leo, Todd Russell
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Derwin (William Hellfire) and Derick (Joey Smack) are the typical
outsiders at their school: They don't mix too well with the others, the
get beaten up by the schools jocks, and once they are beaten up,
they get sympathy from noone, not even the holier-than-thou bible
girl (Misty Mundae). But in their spare time they are interested in
explosives and weapons, and they try to get some from the internet, just
like they have been taught in school. And of course, their rooms are
plastered with Nazi-paraphernalia ...
One day, after Derwin has received an especially severe beating from
pretty much all of his classmates, he and Derick decide to retaliate, so
they buy themselves a bagful of weapons, go to school ... and gun down
pretty much everyone in their way. When the police finally arrives on the
scene, they have no idea how to handle the situation and even shoot an
innocent student just because he's a Goth and looks dangerous, while the
arriving media is here only for the excitement.
Ultimately, Derick and Derwin take each other's lives in the broom
cupboard, not because the police is closing in on them or anything, just
because they want to end their own lives ...
By and large, William Hellfire's/Factory 2000's films are cheap
and unreflected sexploitation flicks, more often than not with a horror
edge to it, so it comes as no small surprise that Duck ! The Carbine
high Massacre is actually a quite mature satire (!) on high school
shoot-outs like the Columbine Massacre. What makes this film
interesting is that it is not at all judgmental, and it tries to show
understanding for its psycho-protagonists instead of just show them as
pure evil, and puts part of the blame of their deeds on society, parents,
media - but still without being judgmental. At the same time, the
film refrains from making its protagonists into heroes and does not
turn their path into a righteous one, the film pretty much offers more
different angles to massacres like the Columbine Massacre than similar
films let alone traditional media do.
That all said, the film does have its weaknesses, it's rather horribly
lit, the massacre in the end lacks directorial finesse and Hellfire and
Smack are rather bad in their roles as the film's killers, Hellfire is way
too charming to be an outcast while Smack does not invest any emotion at
all into his role.
Still, despite its shortcomings, the film is worth a look or two ...