Boarding School

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When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid’s worst nightmare: A creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers. As events become increasingly horrific, Jacob must conquer his fears to find the strength to survive.

Horror films have begun a redefinition in recent years, a deeper representation of horrors of the world personified. Monsters have generated new fears in the silent haunting of A Quiet Place, while racism has found its own sadistic representation within a reinvigorated form of the body snatchers with last year’s Get Out. This year, re-innovation has found itself in Boarding School, a film by director Boaz Yakin that examines the ostracized differences perceived in others and in one’s own self.

Boarding School is not without its flaws, yet its meanings and representations dive deeper than the typical thrillers that have come before it. History is imbued between the lines of exposition and dialogue, discovering who we are and what will come to pass to become who we will be. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth Boarding School is able to achieve, as well as the entertainment it was able to maintain – placing itself within this new generation of horror.

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  1. Boarding School is a mild horror movie, but quite watchable and way above most of the crap that can be found in this genre, be it gore stuff, ghosts in wood cabins, zombies, camcorder-like pseudocumentaries in abandoned hospitals, etc. It looks like all young American white male directors use this genre as an excuse to badly and very predictably portray what they fantasize about.

    The very last minutes of the movie surprised me and really show how far the boy has gone in his coming of age.

    I added Luke Prael to my “Boys in Blood” collection:
    https://1drv.ms/f/s!Agt_st_bPoVag7ortq23jI_L0SuuXQ
    You can launch a slideshow once you click on a picture.
    And no, I don’t have a fetish of boys in blood, I just think it’s a fun theme.

  2. I’m sure this is a cute movie and fun to watch and I’d certainly watch it. ……. But, …
    “deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers.”
    … “boarding school?” That’s an indoor camp out (or in?). I’ve been to a real “hellish” boarding school and I can tell you, only 7 students is pretty good privacy — wait until you share a dorm with 35 others plus not only a dorm parent and family, but also an alternate dorm parent and family. And they way they treat that stupid bible and its writings, believe me, it can be way more hellish than what some movie script writer and director are able to concoct up. I won’t even get into what happens when it gets out to the population of over 450 that some type [ANY type] of sex happens between 2 (or more) boys. They can’t and won’t put that on film — they would be arrested for child abuse.

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