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On his first day at Hallow End High School, Corey Peterson discovers that a rash of murders is occurring on campus. Soon, a battle emerges between jocks and geeks, and Corey must choose a side. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Matthew Twining ... Corey Peterson (as Matt Twining)

James E. Foley ... Mason (as James Foley)

Jack Carlisle ... Perry (as Jack Carlisle III)
Mark Ian Miller ... Niles (as Mark Miller)
Greg Lyczkowski ... Tom
Derek Phipps ... Greg

Tanya Dempsey ... Tanya

Robert Donavan ... Principal Rizcheck
Scott Clark ... Hooper
Keary Ann Bixby ... Shanie
Kyle Lupo ... Wyatt (as Kyle Patrick)

Kara Schaaf ... Bridget
Dan Carlson ... Kelso
Charity Rahmer ... Beth
Elizabeth Bruderman ... Miss Birch
Brinke Stevens ... Mrs. Peterson
Trevor Harris ... Paul
Patrick Brown ... Wrestling Opponent
Jennifer Capo ... Secretary
Jason Davis ... Referee
Dreau Robbins ... Male Student #1
Eduardo Antonio ... Shower Boy #1 / Student (as Edward Antonino)
Luke Hubbard ... Student
Jimmy Scherrer ... Shower Boy #3 / Student
David Brambila ... Student
Matthew Bresolin ... Student
Joe Bryan ... Student

Mark Cartier ... Student
Nicole De Lecce ... Student
Heather Detwiler ... Student (as Heather Killian Detwiler)

Nicole Dionne ... Student
Ruth Ehirim ... Student
Michael Hennen ... Student
Christopher Horsey ... Student
Collin J. Horsey ... Student
Philippe Kane ... Student
Jessica Kantor ... Student
Sarah Kindler ... Student
Sergey Kostikian ... Student
Kelly Kube ... Student
Sarah Lowe ... Student
Chris Lowery ... Student (as Christopher Lowery)
Chad Otto ... Student
Mark Reichman ... Student
Oscar Rene Ruvalcaba ... Student
Mary Taylor ... Student
Mike Usher ... Student
Darcey Vanderhoef ... Student / Photo Double
Oliver Vogt ... Student
Natalie Vossoogh ... Student
Hannah Votta ... Student
Jenna Nicole Wallet ... Student
Qais Zulmai ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Nabors ... Referee

Directed by
David DeCoteau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryan Carrassi  adaptation & additional dialogue
Matthew Jason Walsh 

Produced by
Michael Catalano .... executive producer
Michael C. Cuddy .... line producer
David DeCoteau .... producer
David Silberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jared DePasquale 
Cinematography by
Mike King (director of photography) (as Michael W. King)
Film Editing by
Danny Draven 
Casting by
Perry Bullington 
Robert MacDonald 
Production Design by
Mark A. Thomson 
Set Decoration by
Maureen McGuire 
Costume Design by
Edward Reno Hibbs 
Makeup Department
Christopher Bergschneider .... special makeup effects creator
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special makeup effects creator
Aleeza Solowitz .... assistant hair stylist
Aleeza Solowitz .... assistant makeup artist
Mihai Stanescu .... key hair stylist
Mihai Stanescu .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Michael C. Cuddy .... unit production manager
Gaetano Lupica .... production supervisor
Oralia Ortiz .... production supervisor
Mickey Ramirez .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Paul Collum .... second second assistant director
Stephenson Crossley .... second assistant director
Paul Silver .... first assistant director
Art Department
Zaben Alcantara .... carpenter
Marco Demendoza .... scenic painter
Lucine Demonte .... carpenter
A. Ercolono .... lead man
Cristian Eriez .... lead man
Jorge Gaeta .... carpenter
Christine Hard .... set dresser
Luis Jaimez .... carpenter
Hector Lamonico .... lead man
Delphina Losada .... set dresser
Mariano Lusanandana .... painter
Paul Morse .... art department
Paul Morse .... swing
Michael Provart .... leadman
Michael Provart .... property master
Stephanie Ramirez .... set dresser
Kevin Richey .... art department
Kevin Richey .... swing
Steve 'O' Watson .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Fisher .... boom operator
Maui Holcomb .... sound designer
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Brussell .... best boy grip (as Jeremy L. Brussell)
Peter DePhilippis .... loader
Kyle Drevlo .... gaffer
John E. Grondorf .... second assistant camera (as John E. Grondorf II)
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Randy Hodges .... best boy electric
Timothy Horsley .... best boy electric (as Timothy L. Horsley)
Timothy Horsley .... electrician (as Timothy L. Horsley)
Kristopher Hritz .... electrician
Jared Oswald .... second assistant camera
Baldemar Rosario .... generator operator
Bry Thomas Sanders .... electrician (as Bry Sanders)
Joe Solari .... first assistant camera
Rick Tucker .... key grip
Tracy Tucker .... grip
Ludovico Zanios .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Salome Enriquez .... set costumer
Victoria Gies .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosa Gutierrez .... set costumer
Julia Pena .... set costumer
Kevin Richey .... wardrobe assistant
Music Department
Jared DePasquale .... conductor
Jared DePasquale .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Dolores Banfield .... transportation captain
Rosa De Guzman .... driver
Ericka De Hernandez .... driver
Estanislao Garcia .... driver
Fernando Garcia .... driver
Eloy Hidalgo .... driver
Oscar La Mia .... driver
Almaz B. Lampa .... driver
Margarita Larrea .... driver
Soila Lopez .... driver
Jose Nasella .... driver
Refugio Negron .... driver
Felipe Nosala .... transportation coordinator
Lisa Ramirez .... driver
Consuelo Riesgo .... driver
Rosellar Rosas .... driver
Joseph Sellars .... driver: grip truck
Pedro Stefani .... driver
Celina Zarate .... driver
Fernando Zarzula .... driver
Other crew
Lillian Barkley .... intern to director
Jason Paul Collum .... production coordinator
Jason Paul Collum .... set publicist
Randy Cornfield .... location representative
Juan Carlos Godina .... studio coordinator
Matt J. James .... set production assistant
Richard Kaye .... location representative
Alba Lantry .... studio manager
Chad McKnight .... set production assistant
Lisa McNeil .... script supervisor
M.C. Mireles .... assistant script supervisor
Frank Muniz .... location representative
Jess Place .... set production assistant (as Jess I. Place)
Carlos Porras .... production secretary
Everett Rodd .... caterer
Guadalupe L. Rosas .... translator
Trish Sandoval .... location representative
Michael SanFilipo .... caterer
Cheryl Tabbi .... location representative
Palita Tejada .... production coordinator
Darcey Vanderhoef .... photo double
Dawn Zika .... location manager

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Rated R for violence/gore
85 min
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Filmed at Hollywood High School in Hollywood, CA and Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles, CA.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Decent flick, 28 May 2002
Author: TobyS from Atlanta

DeCoteau, as usual, has cast a cute guy as the lead for his latest horror movie, The Frightening, and as usual, he has him in his boxer briefs within the first 10 minutes. Oh, it's good to know what you're getting into.

However, the last thing I expected from DeCoteau was a higher caliber film that ended up being pretty entertaining. Yes, the movie rips from everything from The Sixth Sense to Donnie Darko, but if you're going to rip off other films, you might as well pick good ones to take ideas from.

Corey (Matt Twining) has just moved to a new town with his mother to start a new life after a tragic accident left a teammate of Corey's dead. Enrolled into "Halloween High", he begins to notice that things aren't quite right. Be it that all the "social outcasts" start disappearing, or that the school itself has a dark past. He starts to question reality and the motives of all the students and faculty.

The Frightening isn't a bad movie. It moves along pretty good, was entertaining enough to keep my attention, and as with any DeCoteau film, is loaded with cute, buff boys to watch. However, unlike The Brotherhood (good film) or The Brotherhood 2: Young Warlocks (we won't go there), the homoerotic overtones are very much downplayed in The Frightening. Only once did it venture into traditional territory with a scene involving a group of young guys standing around in their boxers. DeCoteau also seems to have spent more time on this film. The majority of the actors are pretty good (especially Matt Twining), and the dialogue flows more smoothly than any of his past films.

The ending is a total rip-off, but in the defense of the filmmakers, I didn't see it coming, and thought it was pretty cool. On the downside, the murders were pretty cheesy. I'm glad that I'm not the only IMDBer to notice that no matter where you're stabbed or slashed, you will always bleed out of your mouth (with some pretty fake looking blood to boot). Although, I did like the one guy who had his face eaten off with acid.

I liked The Frightening. It wasn't a masterpiece, but compared to some of his other films, it's as close to being one as DeCoteau has gotten to so far.

My grade: B

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