H8RZ: A dark, engaging mystery-thriller

A spoiler-free review of the 2015 film 'H8RZ'

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H8RZ (2015)

Directed byDerrick Borte
Written byDerrick BorteDaniel Forte
StarringIsrael BroussardEliza BennettSophie CurtisJeremy SistoAbigail SpencerCary Elwes

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While browsing the new arrivals on Amazon Prime, I ran across H8RZ, which was indeed categorized as a horror film which peeked my interest. H8RZ has a small yet impressive cast and is originally marketed as a film about bullying. There are quite a few twists in the film, so I will try my best to keep my review still descriptive yet vague as possible.

H8RZ begins with a disturbing scene of a group of teens holed up in what looks like a Science classroom at night. Two boys talk to each other and one tries to save the other before an explosion.

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The boy that made it out of the explosion is Alex, who lives in a foster home and is pretty invisible to his classmates other than being deemed a loser. Laura is called to investigate the incident and interview Alex in hopes of the school not being held liable to what happened.

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As Alex’s story unravels we are met with a tale of deceit, lies, cheating, stealing and more that was all part of some unknown master-plan by some one they think they know from the school.

As the pieces to the puzzle are slowly pieced together, I was able to figure out the twist pretty early on, because to me, it was hidden in plain view. However, I still found the film to be an engaging and entertaining watch. The ending had a nice karma-like spin to it as well, that really makes you root for the main character.

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The acting from the leads was above mediocre and Eliza Bennett played her role to a t. The story was still well-written despite a few obvious flaws and lingering questions. I think this movie will do well for a target audience of teens to young adults. 

Overall, I’d give H8RS a 3/5 and found it to be a satisfying mystery-thriller.

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