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prom­ises, leav­ing her boy in the hands of well-to-do room-mate Wil­loughby (Asa But­ter­field).

He ed­u­cates Don on Slaugh­ter­house’s peck­ing or­der with runts like them at the bot­tom and sixth-for­m­ers at the top, in­clud­ing god­dess-like Clem­sie Lawrence (Cor­field) and sadis­tic pre­fect Clegg (Tom Rhys Harries).

Don makes a bad first im­pres­sion and angers Clegg.

“The only con­nec­tion you’ll make around here is with my boot,” snarls the sixth-for­mer.

Don strug­gles to ac­cli­ma­tise un­der the reign of head­mas­ter Mr Chap­man aka The Bat (Sheen), who has forged an un­holy al­liance with a firm called Ter­rafrack to gen­er­ate funds for a dry ski slope and spa.

Drilling in nearby woods opens a sink­hole, which anti-frack­ing ac­tivist Woody (Frost) pre­dicts is “a por­tal that leads right down to Hell!”

Dis­fig­ured beasts which in­habit a labyrinthine cave net­work be­neath the school emerge from the sink­hole to evis­cer­ate ter­ri­fied pupils and staff, in­clud­ing lovesick tu­tor Mered­ith House­man (Pegg).

Slaugh­ter­house Rulez set­tles for gore over gig­gles and there is no short­age of sev­ered ap­pendages and en­trails on screen.

Cole and But­ter­field come close to mak­ing us care about their plucky pro­tag­o­nists, whose young lives have been touched by tragedy.

We share their doom-laden out­looks be­fore the end cred­its roll.

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Hermione Cor­field as Clem­sie, Finn Cole as Don, Si­mon Pegg as Mered­ith House­man, Kit Con­nor as Woot­ton, Max Raphael as Har­g­reaves and Asa But­ter­field as Wil­loughby From left: Nick Frost asWoody, Gary Gold­ing as a fel­low frack­ing pro­tester and Si­monPegg as Mered­ith House­man

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