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  Tormented Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
5.17 /10
Tuppence Middleton, Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson
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Directed by: Jon Wright
Written by: Stephen Prentice

Released: 2009
Origin: UK
Length: 91

Tormented is a low-budget British version of an American high school slasher movie, a sort of flayed version of Skins. Itís pacily directed by Jon Wright, but Stephen Prenticeís script is cliched and unsophisticated, with characters too young to have seen Scream, and probably too dumb to understand it.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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About the only admirable aspect of this movie is its anti-bullying message, which may be why the censors have awarded it an unduly lenient 15 certificate.

Itís incredibly violent and gory. Characters are impaled and decapitated. Their eyes are gouged out, their hands and even more intimate appendages cut off.

As usual in this kind of slashfest, the characters deserve to perish, none more painfully than Alex Pettyferís school bully. Even the head girl heroine (adventurously named Tuppence Middleton, pictured) is not all that likeable.

The movie suffers from a lack of mystery about the killerís motivation. Itís obvious from the start that he wants to avenge himself on those who bullied him while he was alive. Nor is there suspense about his identity. Heís the zombie-like fat boy who committed suicide, Darren Mullet (Calvin Dean), who looks worryingly like James Corden.

I do hope Mr Cordenís alive and well, and not planning mortal retribution on those critics who slaughtered his performance in Lesbian Vampire Killers.

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