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The Hall Monitor
The Hall Monitor
Actor: Dan Frome
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
UR     2003     1hr 30min

Studio: Wea-des Moines Video Release Date: 08/16/2005


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Actor: Dan Frome
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, School Days
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/16/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is awesome. Your dvd collection won't be complete without it. I think everyone will be able to relate to this film in one way or another. I give it 2 thumbs up! Now go ahead and buy it before it sells out!"
Guns, Fist Fights, T&A, in a High School Power Struggle
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Guns, Fist Fights, T&A, Cel Phones, and a bloody political struggle... in High School.Awesome.I had the chance to speak with the Filmmakers and the star at the Atlantic City Film Festival. They made a great impression and won a couple of awards there a few years ago. Set in Rocky Mountain High School, The Hall Monitor Tells the story of killer in spiked hair and spiked leather jewelry lurking the halls, systematically killing members of the School Football Team, the Ragin' Rocky Mountain Carrots. The only force within the school powerful enough to stop this killer is the High School "Hall Monitor" and his 357 Magnum... the same "most powerful handgun in the world" used by "Dirty" Harry Callahan.If this description makes you think of The Columbine Tragedy, it might be of interest to note that this film was actually written and shot a full year before the Columbine Tragedy 4 years ago.On The Surface, The Hall Monitor is a low budget black comedy set in high school. In reality, it's a low budget black comedy set in high school... with a slyly subversive sense of satire and social criticism. Presumably shelved for four years due to the Contraversy over The Columbine Tragedy, The Hall Monitor pokes fun high school violence in a way that forces us to question the ultimate causes of teenage violence in today's society. Ultimately though, Adolescent Violence is not what the Hall Monitor is intended to be about. This film is legitimately using High School as a microcosmic metaphor for the larger world of western culture on the whole. The Hall Monitor shows us a world in which teenage girls are treated like sex objects by the culture at large and unpopular kids kill popular kids out of vengeance and the most popular kid in school is ultimately the one who carries the biggest gun and kicks the most butt.But don't worry, there's plenty of sexual humor, nudity, pre-matrix era fight scenes and general silliness to keep you amused... if you don't care about any of that stuff.In one sense their world is seen by the filmmakers as sheer absurdity. It is obvious that their vision of this world is one of farce. A funny thing has happened in the years since the film was shot... Reality caught up with the Farce. Adolescent Teenage Culture is really not so far off from the film's absurdist sense of that world.What occurs when the film is viewed with this in mind is striking. Far from feeling out of date, the film takes on a far more biting and in some ways true feeling sense of Swiftian Satire.While The Hall Monitor may have been intended as an Absurdist look into Popular Culture set in a "Typical American High School," what it has become is a Sharp and Painfully Ironic Satire on the Absurd Nature of what is now Typical American Teenage High School Life.While this makes for a far less sensitive film, it may in fact make for a more relevant one.Seeing the film and meeting the folks behind it piqued my interest and since then, I've learned much about the film from its website... If you have any bit of an off beat sense of humor or if you've ever survived either High School or the Movie business, this sucker is not to be missed."
The Greatest Story Ever Told
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this award-winning movie at the Atlantic City Film Festival--and it changed my life. The Hall Monitor is the story of one faithful young dreamer, the true love he longs to hold close to his heart, and his brave struggle against a system that is determined to keep them apart. This movie has eveything--comedy, tears, romance, and a deep message about the all-too-human yearning for acceptance, justice, and peace among our fellow man. A must-see."
High School Hierarchy & Low Budget at it's Finest!
Louise1River | Washington, DC | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What did you hate MOST about high school? The relentless hierarchy of social status? The simultaneous pressures of going through biological changes AND trying to look like you AREN'T going through biological changes? How about the lack of competent role models and support resources? These feelings and more are brought to life in, "The Hall Monitor" except this time - there's justice in the hallways! This is a perfect movie for those of us who are still bitter about the torture of high school. My only gripe about this DVD is Troma's inappropriate marketing ploy "intro" - it has nothing to do with the film and well, it's just plain nauseating to anyone who isn't a white, heterosexual male. Might I add - the waiter in the cafeteria scene rules!"