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The Frightening (2002)

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.


David DeCoteau


Ryan Carrassi (adaptation), Matthew Jason Walsh

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Twining Matthew Twining ... Corey Peterson (as Matt Twining)
James E. Foley James E. Foley ... Mason (as James Foley)
Jack Carlisle ... Perry (as Jack Carlisle III)
Mark Ian Miller Mark Ian Miller ... Niles (as Mark Miller)
Greg Lyczkowski Greg Lyczkowski ... Tom
Derek Phipps Derek Phipps ... Greg
Tanya Dempsey ... Tanya
Robert Donavan ... Principal Rizcheck
Scott McCann Scott McCann ... Hooper (as Scott Clark)
Keary Ann Bixby Keary Ann Bixby ... Shanie
Kyle Lupo Kyle Lupo ... Wyatt (as Kyle Patrick)
Kara Schaaf ... Bridget
Dan Carlson Dan Carlson ... Kelso
Charity Rahmer Charity Rahmer ... Beth
Elizabeth Bruderman Elizabeth Bruderman ... Miss Birch


The eighteen years old Corey Peterson moves with his mother to a small town due a trauma in the past. On his first day at Hallows End High School, he is approached by the student also new arrival in town Mason that tells him about a death of a friend of him in the school and advises Corey to stay away from the wrestler Perry and his gang. When two other students vanish, Corey decides to talk to Principal Rizcheck, who does not give any attention to him. Together with Mason, they investigate the secret about the school and disclose the dark truth about Hallows End and the missing students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence/gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed at Hollywood High School in Hollywood, CA and Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles, CA. See more »


References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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I didn't hate it!
4 April 2002 | by BHorrorWriterSee all my reviews

David Decoteau does it once again. He makes a movie, full of beautiful, well sculpted men in their underwear, but for some reason, he refuses to make a film with an original idea or plot.

I had really been anticipating this film's release. The trailer looked interesting enough, and I thought maybe Decoteau had finally gotten it right. However, borrowing too much from other genre films, we are offered nothing new or original, even for a B-movie. The script really seems to want to go in a decent direction, but in true Matthew Jason Walsh fashion, the ending is rushed and makes no sense and does not tie in to the rest of the film. However, you can't blame him, (though I have before). He is only a writer for hire, and for this film had many restrictions placed on him by the Distrbutor's and Producer's of this film. Oh, well...

Newcomer, Matt Twining really did one of the best jobs in this film. His acting is pretty solid and was executed well. Tanya Dempsey wasn't in this enough to really critique her performance. Most of the other players were just there and did nothing for the film. Brinke Stevens was really upstaged by Twining in the scenes they were in together. Still, she is Brinke, and that is all we need to care about!

As for the ending, which is really what most will hate and rip apart. I really liked the back story of the school and the student being dead since 1925. Though it was vastly underdeveloped...I would like to see the orignal script or a more bigger one from Mr. Walsh. He really had an excellent idea that was turned into a Sixth Sense rip-off!

The editing of the film is by far its saving grace. Danny Draven does a superb job making this look like a psychodelic nightmare though the past and though another world, without really doing it! If that makes sense... Quick flash cuts really helped move the eerie pace the film really wanted to have...but really didn't for lack of story!

Overall I give this film a decent rating. It was worth watching, and for die-hard fans. Alot less homoerotic than previous films by Decoteau, but still enough male flesh to make those it is intended for, quiver with glee!

6 out of 10

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