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Boarding School (2018)

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A young boy becomes fascinated with the persona of his dead grandmother and is sent to an isolated boarding school for misfits run by a mysterious headmaster and his wife.

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Boaz Yakin

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Boaz Yakin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Prael ... Jacob Felsen
Samantha Mathis ... Isabel
David Aaron Baker ... Davis
Michael Wikes Michael Wikes ... Rabbi
Barbara Kingsley ... Tsipi Landau
Robert John Burke ... Mr. Holcomb
Owen Zamsky Owen Zamsky ... Rupert Holcomb (as Owen Zane Zamsky)
Charlotte Ubben ... Mrs. Holcomb
Sterling Jerins ... Christine Holcomb
Matthew Miniero ... Zachary
Will Patton ... Dr. Sherman
Chris LaPanta ... Claude
Tammy Blanchard ... Mrs. Sherman
Nadia Alexander ... Phil
Stephen Bogardus ... Phil's Father
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A young boy becomes fascinated with the persona of his dead grandmother and is sent to an isolated boarding school for misfits run by a mysterious headmaster and his wife.

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Jacob is having a bad day at school.

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, some sexual material, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,438
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Boaz Yakin and Will Patton previously worked together on Remember the Titans. See more »

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A surprisingly thoughtful, well-executed thrill movie
1 September 2018 | by nehpetstephenSee all my reviews

This film makes the most of a modest budget. I watched it well aware that it had received fairly horrible reviews from most film critics, expecting to turn it off after a few minutes. I was surprised to find a film with such an air of specificity to its details. There are actual layers to what goes on in this film, and actual depth to the character development and performances. Although the plot does indulge in the heightened excesses of its horror genre (at times it seemed to be keyed in at the level of a fairy tale, a point which is nodded to in the screenplay), the majority of this film maintains an admirable level of meaningful, lived-in realism, tackling everything from generational trauma to parental disappointment to bullying to gender identity and more in a nuanced and intriguing way.

I guess what I'm saying is that so many low budget horror movies are full of hackneyed tropes, pitiful jump scares, predictable twists, and dialogue that was clearly typed by a screenwriter onto a page and then read aloud by an actor. This movie, however, is refreshingly vibrant in addition to being highly entertaining. The camerawork is likewise skillful, and although I wouldn't say this movie is actually scary--not by a long shot--it is quite suspenseful.

Plus, I gotta give extra credit to any movie with the audacity to execute its action climax with its boy star wearing the costume that Luke Prael does here.


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