Tormented (1 star)


(15) 91min

Director Jon Wright wants his secondary school comedy horror to be the favourite pupil of Professor Shaun of the Dead and Ms Heathers, but his failure to study film history or show a basic grasp of storytelling ensures that Tormented makes popular E4 drama Skins look like the work of Godard. It falls into the same trap as recent ‘girls in uniform’ comedies St Trinian’s and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging of expounding all the clichés found in 80s John Hughes teen movies and 1986’s Slaughter High at the expense of essential elements such as originality and character development.

Misleadingly, the first sounds of the school bell offer false hope, as popular student Tascha (April Pearson) is escorted, blood on her face, down the school steps, in a slow-mo that could almost be Gus Van Sant’s Columbine massacre meditation, Elephant. From there it just becomes elephant dung. We flash back and are force fed stereotypes of bullies, jocks, It girls and Emo. The pupils are getting mysteriously killed off after the recent death of the school fat kid, now reaping slasher revenge. F-grade.

Selected release from Fri 22 May.


  • 1 star
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jon Wright
  • Written by: Stephen Prentice
  • Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Sophie Wu, April Pearson, Calvin Dean, Dimitri Leonidas, Tom Hopper, Georgia King, Tuppence Middleton

Poorly pitched secondary school comedy horror in which pupils getting mysteriously killed off after the recent death of the school fat kid. F-grade.


1. Jamescairns15 May 2009, 12:28am Report

Kaleem Aftab - What a rubbish review!

Sounds like you haven't studied the film in much detail as you have basic details wrong. Did you actually see it, or did you just read the notes? (and if you did just read the notes, then you should be able to spell character names correctly and get the cast correct!).

"as popular student Tascha (April Pearson) is escorted..."

For a start the way you spell Tasha is wrong! Secondly the character being escorted from the school at the start of the movie is Justine and is played by the actress Tuppence Middleton.

I can't stand people who review films and get basic details wrong. It's unprofessional and not good enough.

You clearly didn't get the film and maybe you shouldn't of bothered in the first place.

James Cairns

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