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Hangman's Curse
Hangman's Curse
Actors: David Keith, Mel Harris, Leighton Meester, Douglas Smith, Jake Richardson
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2004     1hr 46min

Within the shadowed corridors of Rogers High School, something terrible has been unleashed. As fear escalates, a family of investigators goes undercover only to discover you cannot destroy what you cannot find. As students...  more »

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Actors: David Keith, Mel Harris, Leighton Meester, Douglas Smith, Jake Richardson
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Creators: Bobby Neutz, Frank Peretti, Jerry Rose, Joe Goodman, Kathy Mackel, Stan Foster
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/30/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Deeandra D. from MONTEVALLO, AL
Reviewed on 1/18/2012...
This movie is worth watching. I think it is a good teenage flick more so that adult. It has mystery in it and the ending isn't what you would expect. I watched this film when I was younger and I still enjoyed it when I recently watched it. This film is not for everyone though. It's worth tying out though.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brandon A. from WILKESBORO, NC
Reviewed on 5/22/2010...
Pretty freaky. I recommend it. One of the other comments say that do not see the movie having any relation on any subjects from the Bible, but they're wrong. You need to listen between the lines of what is going on which is trust in God who is the only one who can defeat all the powers of darkness and evil which this movie really has on it.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jasmine R. from HIAWASSEE, GA
Reviewed on 4/23/2010...
I'm glad I know it's not a Christian movie because I would have ordered it.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Laurie W. from HILLSBORO, OH
Reviewed on 10/27/2009...
Fiction. Fantasy. Not Christian so if you're buying it for this reason, forget it.
1/5. Not worth the credit.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

It's a start
Brian Reaves | Anniston, AL USA | 04/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"As a fan of Frank Peretti's novels, the idea of one finally becoming a movie thrilled me. While I found "Hangman's Curse" a good book, it wouldn't have been my choice for a first movie. Still, they manage to adapt it reasonably well. It's a little slow-paced in parts, and yes, some of the acting is a little off, but it has its redeeming points. It's a family film that should keep the interest of teens and kids (though the adults will probably find themselves going to the kitchen for popcorn quite often). The Christian message isn't overt. As a matter of fact, this couldn't really be considered a "Christian movie". Yes, one of the main characters prays during a crisis, but that's what most Christians do. There is no "Romans Road to Christ" laid out in the film, and it shouldn't offend anyone who's not a Christian. The special effects are good, especially for the budget they had to work with. All in all, this is a movie I'm glad I watched, but I doubt I watch it again any time soon. I look forward to another Frank Peretti film in the future, but I hope it's "The Oath" or "This Present Darkness", either of which would be incredible. Don't judge Frank's works by this movie. Read his books instead."
An Entertaining Compromise
Only-A-Child | 12/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Hangman's Curse" is an adaptation of a book by a "Christian" author (Frank Peretti), published by a "Christian" publisher, and promoted by "Christian" bookstores. But the religious aspects of the book are soft peddled in favor of elements intended to make it appeal to a wider audience interested in a traditional mild horror film. There is an obvious agenda but it does not overwhelm the story; mostly they wanted to present a positive message for Christian kids in an uncharacteristically "cool" package and to show that being Christian does not mean a kid has to be a total dork.

The agenda does have a dark side, a simplistic message that being different and asserting your individuality is a misguided response to facing life's challenges without the assist of inner spirituality. Some may view the film's ending message as anti-diversity, although it positively portrays interracial dating it ends with a conformist message. But this is inserted in such a clumsy and contrived way that few will feel any threat of manipulation.

The compromises they made to mainstream this film have offended both extremist "Christians" and hard core horror film fans, which is not exactly a surprise. Extremist "Christians" are upset because the "Christians" in the film seem to be just like "regular" (their word-not mine) people. There has also been some objection to the wardrobe of Leighton Meesier (the actress who poses as a student to investigate the situation) although it looked pretty wholesome to me; Meesier's actual sin is just being radiantly beautiful. If your own faith does not run toward elitist religious egoism you will find almost nothing objectionable. Hard-core horror fans will find this fairly tame although the premise is clever and there are some nice suspenseful moments.

The cast is mostly unexceptional and in many cases the physical casting is way off. The jocks are anything but physically imposing, the main bully would do better cast as a fat nerd and has no business in a speaking role. Crystal and Ian, the two main "goth" kids are supposed to be outcasts, but they are the most physically attractive students in the whole school.

The performance of Andrea Morris (Crystal) is the best thing about "Hangman's Curse". She is totally convincing in the film's most difficult role. It is a great acting for the camera performance and the director showcases this with frequent tight shots on her face. Meesier is also solid and Frank Peretti himself makes an amusing appearance as an eccentrically jolly scientist.

The direction and editing is very strong. The sequencing keeps things active and interesting. Apparently they deleted material that was needed to clarify the effects of the spider bites; that the victims did not die but rather went into comas until the anecdote was discovered and administered is unclear.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child."
It 's a great movie!
Rebekah Martin | MI,USA | 04/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've read both of Frank Peretti's books in this series and loved them. I was so excited when I heard from one of my friends that they were making a movie out of it. The movie follows the book very closly though there were a couple of changes to make the movie more interesting.
It wasn't extremely scary except for the part with the spiders(I hate spiders:)
Both me and my sister enjoyed this movie alot. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Frank Peretti was in the movie too, playing the part of Professor Algernon Wheeling.
I hope that they make the sequel,Nightmare Academy, into a movie next."