STUDENT BODY MOVIE REVIEW
There is a checklist of tropes and cliches one can expect from a slasher movie. A group of horny teenagers getting drunk and high, save for that one special chaste and untouched innocent girl; the lack of cell reception, giving a contrivance why the police or help can’t be contacted; splitting up when it’s so clear everyone should stay together; over-the-top kills from a villain who has managed to remain elusive, often walking slowly through the background unseen by the soon-to-be-victims. There’s something comforting in the typical slasher, which is why the genre has remained a constant in all our cinematic lives. So, when Lewayne, Trevor, T.C., and Marcos sat down to watch Student Body, there were expectations, for better or worse, depending on how you feel about the well-trodden path of this genre. There’s nothing new here, but like all tales of thrills and chills, there’s always a chance at striking some new, unclaimed gold. Submitted for the approval of the Screener Squad, high school student Jane Shipley seeks to mend her splintering relationship with childhood best friend Merritt, and fit in with her rebellious peers at a very 1% private school. When Jane’s math teacher oversteps his bounds, an apathetic high school administrator forces Jane and Merritt to take matters into their own hands, driving their relationship into further turmoil and inciting deadly consequences. Jane and her friends are soon running for their lives from a mask wearing, sledgehammer wielding maniac killer. Eventually, that slasher trope list is being checked off one by one. Of course, it just takes a while to get to that point, much to the chagrin of a few of the fellas.
DIRECTED BY: Lee Ann Kurr
STARRING: Christian Camargo, Montse Hernandez, Cheyenne Haynes, Anthony Keyvan, Harley Quinn Smith, Austin Zajur, Ty Trumbo, Suehyla El-Attar Young, Maurice Hall
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)
Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.
Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.
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