Director: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Johannes Roberts
Cast: David Schofield, Eliza Bennett and Ruth Gemmell
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F is one of the most recent entries into the “hoodie” horror trend that has been going on over the past few years in the UK. It centers around a group of teachers and students that are trapped in a high school at night and picked off by kids in black hooded sweatshirts.
The film opens on a class room where the lead character, teacher Robert Anderson (played by David Schofield), gives an upper class student an F on an assignment. This student promptly gives Anderson a broken nose via headbutt in return. The school turns the situation around and all blame is placed on the teacher.
Flash forward to the near future and Anderson is the butt of many jokes around the school. He has no authority at all and the students take advantage of him. He has turned to the bottle and now seems to be quite the alcoholic. You learn that one of the students in his class is his daughter and they have a strained relationship to say the least. He gives her detention for reading a magazine in class and later that night is when the hoodie kids strike. At first, the attacks seem somewhat harmless and more vandalism than anything. Things get stepped up a notch and the kids start killing of the cast one by one in various bloody ways.
I have mixed feelings on this one. The subject matter is odd to me. The way the initial headbutt is handled by the school seems very reminiscent of the American public school system to me. Some sort of “no child left behind” program comes to mind. This part of the film was initially quite intriguing to me and actually held my attention quite well.
Some of the gore in the film is worth the watch. Nothing to break the bank over but modern practical effects are always something that get my attention. There are a few scenes in particular that are quite striking in my opinion. Gore fans will not be too disappointed.
The acting in the film is hit and miss. David Schofield does a decent job and is perfect for that part. He can almost carry the film himself. The security guard (played by Finlay Robertson) also did a good job and provided some comic relief to the film in his brief but memorable role. All of the rest of the cast gave bland performances.
The hoodie gang kids themselves came off as odd to me. The kids are almost like monkeys as they climb around on set pieces and hop around the frame as they murder. It really seems as if they are doing some sort of odd parkour display. Also, they all have totally black faces. So black in fact that I originally thought they had digitally removed the faces but later I saw that they wore black masks under the hoods. The combination of the black masks and the dark lighting of the film really made the faces black and added to the ambiguity of the characters.
Lastly, the ending is something everyone seems to discuss about this one. I will avoid spoilers so I will just say that it is left open ended and the viewer can form his own opinions about what happened at the end. I just looked on in amazement when the credits rolled. After having thought about it for the last two weeks my thoughts have changed. Now I don’t really think it is that big of a deal and is something different but at first I wanted a resolution…which there was none.
All in all I would say that this is a forgettable film. Recommended for a rental. The film has a short runtime (75 min) and I speculate that the ending was not intentional but rather because of budget constraints. If you like this small subgenre of horror/thriller you should check it out for sure.
I would give this one a 6/10