- Ax 2013
Cavan Ash, Tracy Brimm, Arvind Ethan David, Kate Myers, Francois Ivernel (executive), Cameron McCracken (executive), Joe Oppenheimer (executive), Lee Thomas (executive) for Slingshot Productions, Forward Films, BBC, Screen West Midlands, Pathé
directed by Jon Wright
starring Tuppence Middleton, Dimitri Leonidas, Calvin Dean, Alex Pettyfer, Olly Alexander, April Pearson, Georgia King, Mary Nighy, James Floyd, Sophie Wu, Hugh Mitchell, Larissa Wilson, Ruby Bentall, Tom Hopper, Peter Amory, Geoff Bell, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Sandra Dickinson, Kenneth Collard, Andrea Newland, Peter Le Breuilly, Jon Carver, Louise Mardenborough, Christopher Shepherd
written by Stephen Prentice, music by Paul Hartnoll, special effects by ReelEye Company, visual effects by Stranger
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Darren Mullet (Calvin Dean) has died, killed himself - but that doesn't
too much bother his fellow students at his high school because he was the
typical unpopular kid, fat, ugly and a tad slow. For Justine (Tuppence
Middleton), head girl of the school, his burial actually comes as a bit of
a blessing, because as an indirect result of that, she meets her boyfriend
Alex (Dimitri Leonidas) and is accepted in the highest circle of students,
a bunch of good looking but spoilt and shallow brats. Thing is, these rich
kids actually bullied Darren until he committed suicide, first and
foremost attractive but ruthless Bradley (Alex Pettyfer) and Justine's own
boyfriend Alex actually - something Justine only gradually finds out, just
like she only now finds out that dead Darren, whom she failed to even
notice, was hopelessly in love with her and wrote her a suicide note.
while this all might be a tad worrying for Justine, even more worrying is
the fact that Darren's ghost won't rest until his death is avenged, so now one
after the other, he brutally kills those who tormented him ... and in the
end rhe ather ingeniously puts the blame on Justine, who he thinks has
betrayed her by starting a relationship with Alex ...
slasher formula mixed with elements of the cult black comedy Heathers
(itself a bit of a slasher, actually), and told as a ghost story - now
that's not a terribly original blend, and to tell the truth, Tormented
also isn't a terribly good film ... but then again, it's not too bad
either: Sure, it's a tad formulaic and never even remotely as subversive
as Heathers, but then again, it doesn't take itself too seriously,
features a few spots of genuine humour, and even dares to include a
plottwist or two that come rather unexpectedly. That all amounts to no
masterpiece, but ok entertainment at least.