It’s no art flick, but it’s pretty scary fun

Bad Kids

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - D rat­ing: R for lan­guage, sex­u­al­ity, vi­o­lence, drug use. run time: 1 hour, 31 min­utes. the­aters: Galaxy High­land, Cin­ergy Cinemas Cop­peras Cove, Pre­miere Cinemas in Bryan and Tem­ple.

hun­gry mama. Add an ar­ro­gant jock, an even more ar­ro­gant brainiac, a goth chick with a se­cret, an ir­ri­tat­ing nerd and an in­vet­er­ate trou­ble­maker, and you have the mak­ings of a fun af­ter­noon.

“Bad Kids Go to Hell” is based on the comic book by Dal­l­a­sites Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick. Spradlin, a grad­u­ate of High­land Park High School, di­rects the movie adap­ta­tion. Wernick, who shares screen­writ­ing cred­its with Spradlin, grad­u­ated from St. Mark’s, a pri­vate school in Dal­las.

The movie, which was filmed pri­mar­ily at Spi­der­wood Stu­dios in Austin, also features sev­eral Texas ac­tors.

Ali Faulkner, the Dal­las ac­tress who played Bianca in “Tw­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn,” stars as the cheer­leader who stalks the li­brary with a nail­gun.

Amanda Alch, an­other Dal­las ac­tress, plays the brainy girl who de­cides to do a strip­tease in the mid­dle of class. Mark Donat of “De­grassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion,” is the nerd, while Roger Ed­wards plays the jock.

Eloise DeJo­ria of Austin, who plays the cheer­leader’s mother, has one of the adult roles, along with Judd Nel­son, star of “The Break­fast Club,” is the bearded head­mas­ter of the pri­vate school.

Faulkner has some of the fun­ni­est mo­ments. But the goth chick (Augie Duke) and the trou­ble­maker (Cameron Deane Ste­wart) steal the movie.

Duke plays the moody Veron­ica with the req­ui­site sar­casm, hold­ing a seance dur­ing de­ten­tion in the hopes of dis­cov­er­ing whether the li­brary is really haunted.

Ste­wart plays Matt, the mys­te­ri­ous kid who keeps try­ing to do the right thing but ends up with a bloody ax in his hand.

This isn’t ex­actly high art, but hor­ror movies tap into our se­cret fears and de­sires, and “Bad Kids Go to Hell” does so quite well.

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