The creators of "Bad Kids Go to Hell" have been working to break the current mold in Hollywood. As someone who has followed the horror movie industry for many years, I have seen movies come out from time to time that set a new mark because they do things differently. This is one of those movies.
I met Matt Spradlin and Barry (Bazza) Werwick last year while covering the Detroit Fanfare comic book convention. I had the opportunity to sit down with them for an interview about the "Bad Kids Go to Hell" comic book series, and their plans to create a movie based on the property. You can read that original interview here. You will note while reading that interview that these guys were going on about planning a movie differently than normal.
I have found myself following this project and have been impressed. Matt and Bazza traveled around to every comic book convention that they could to drum up interest in the project. This grassroots work not only caused interest from comic book fans, it also began to spark interest in many of the upcoming names in Hollywood. Unlike the average filmmakers having to try to land upcoming stars, the upcoming stars were banging on their door trying to get in. This grassroots project also brought in investors that were interested in a movie that went against the grain and "Bad Kids Go to Hell" began to become a reality.
The comic book series and movie have a simple premise. A handful of bad kids are sentenced to detention at their preppy high school. A crazed murderer knocks them off one by one. "Bad Kids Go to Hell" is best described as "The Breakfast Club" meets "Ten Little Indians." Instead of remaking a movie that everyone has seen, like the current trend in Hollywood, a movie is being made that mergers two movie types and asks a "What if" question.
As for those up-and-coming Hollywood actors that were knocking on the door, the cast includes Ben Browder, Amanda Alch, Marc Donato, Augie Duke, Roger Edwards, Ali Faulkner, Cameron Deane Steward, Chanel Ryan, and Eloise DeJoria. To tie in the classic movies that helped inspire this movie in the first place, Judd Nelson, one of the original stars of "The Breakfast Club," will have a role.
Usually, when Hollywood makes a property into a movie, the original creators do not have any input in the creative process. That is another mold that Spradlin and Wernick are trying to break. They wrote the screenplay, and are working as the director and producer respectively. Brad Keller was also brought on to co-produce.
Another interesting twist in the production of "Bad Kids Go to Hell" has come in the form of communication. As of this writing, the movie is being shot down in Texas at Spiderwood Studios. Usually, and information during filming that fans want has to be leaked by someone on the crew. Instead, Matt and Bazza have been in constant contact with fans through their Facebook page and have been posting pictures from the movie.
Personally, I have been pushing for this movie to be successful. This push is not just due to the fact that I have gotten to know the creators. This push is due to the fact that I want a movie to break the current mode in Hollywood horror. I know that if the mold is broken for horror movies, it will help to open doors for new ideas and projects in all genres. We need something new, and we need it now.
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