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