THE HANGMAN’S CURSE

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Summary:

In HANGMAN’S CURSE, some students are becoming deathly ill after screaming the name of a legendary ghost, and four courageous detectives must find out who or what is to blame. Though possibly too soft for horror aficionados and too occult for a few Christian families, the end of the movie disproves the occult elements and presents a Christian message.

Review:

AN’S CURSE

Quality: * * Acceptability: -1

WARNING CODES:

Language: None

Violence: VV

Sex: S

Nudity: None

RATING: PG-13

RELEASE: September 12, 2003

TIME:

STARRING: David Keith, Mel Harris, Leighton Meester, Douglas Smith, Bobby Brewer, Dainel Farber, Edwin Hodge, and Andrea Morris

DIRECTOR: Rafal Zielinski

PRODUCERS: Rick Cowan, Joe Goodman and Ralph Winter

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bobby Neutz and Jerry Rose

WRITERS: Kathy Mackel and Stan Foster

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY: Frank Peretti

DISTRIBUTOR: Namesake Entertainment

CONTENT: (CCC, VV, M) Christian worldview with strong moral elements as well as occult elements and themes; no foul language; lots of violence but not excessively portrayed, including two hangings – one where the boy is saved, a girl falling down air duct and breaking leg, spiders attacking and killing, people envisioning ghosts attacking them, a girl biting a boy, pushing, shoving, and hallway scuffles in high school, and man twisting coach’s arm; kissing; no nudity; no alcohol; drugs portrayed in a sting operation; and, portrayal of Goth students and bullying at school.

GENRE: Horror mystery

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Teenagers and up

REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr

Frank Peretti is a well-known and respected Christian writer. Many have been waiting for his books to be turned into movies, something that Frank has always wanted since he studied filmmaking in college. THE HANGMAN’S CURSE is a moderately well made translation of his book into a motion picture.

It opens with a high school nerd hanging himself in his high school. Ten years later four special detectives, the Springfield family – Nate, Sarah, Alicia, and Elijah, are brought into the high school to investigate rumors of ghosts harassing and perhaps killing students. Many of these students are on the football team.

Teenage Elijah and Alicia Springfield become part of the student body. What they find after an investigation is that there are no ghosts, but there is a weird Goth group that is into Satanic rites, and there is someone else manipulating all of this to exact revenge.

HANGMANS’ CURSE is more of a television movie than a feature film. It has a few spine tingling moments, but very few. It may be too soft for horror aficionados, and too occult for a few Christian families, although the end of the movie disproves the occult elements and presents a Christian message. Some of the acting and direction is commendable. Some of the actors, though, clearly show their lack of experience. Frank Peretti makes an enjoyable appearance as a goofy doctor, although toning him down a little bit would have helped.

THE HANGMAN’ CURSE is not a great movie, but the filmmakers deserve applause for their efforts.

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SUMMARY: In HANGMAN’S CURSE, some students are becoming deathly ill after screaming the name of a legendary ghost, and four courageous detectives must find out who or what is to blame. Though possibly too soft for horror aficionados and too occult for a few Christian families, the end of the movie disproves the occult elements and presents a Christian message.

Content:

(CCC, VV, M) Christian worldview with strong moral elements as well as occult elements and themes; no foul language; lots of violence but not excessively portrayed, including two hangings – one where the boy is saved, a girl falling down air duct and breaking leg, spiders attacking and killing, people envisioning ghosts attacking them, a girl biting a boy, pushing, shoving, and hallway scuffles in high school, and man twisting coach’s arm; kissing; no nudity; no alcohol; drugs portrayed in a sting operation; and, portrayal of Goth students and bullying at school.

GENRE: Horror mystery

CCC

VV

M

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