Some Kind of Hate is a different kind of horror movie than I’ve seen in a while. It takes a supernatural revenge slasher and twists it just enough to be a unique and interesting story… with a lot of quasi-realistic blood and gore.
Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein) is a relatively normal teen who is constantly being bullied. One day he decides to fight back by punching the bully. But his moment of bravery is quickly tarnished as he gets the blame and is sent to the Mind’s Eye Academy, a type of reform school in the middle of nowhere (where the nearest cop is an hour away). Unfortunately for Lincoln, he seems to have a knack for attracting the attention of bullies wherever he goes.
In the category of “be careful what you wish for”, after a particularly bad experience with his new bullies influenced in part by his new love interest Kaitlin (Grace Phipps; Scream Queens, Vampire Diaries), Lincoln accidentally unleashes a vengeful psychopathic homicidal/suicidal spirit, Moira (played well by Sierra McCormick), who herself was bullied at that camp until she killed herself. Moira feels a kinship with Lincoln and sets about killing all the bullies that he wished were dead. This kinship doesn’t last long when Lincoln again starts to informally take the blame and tries to get Moira to stop.
What makes this movie unique is the manner in which Moira kills her victims. When she locks onto someone, any damage done to her (including self-inflicted wounds) is instantaneously inflicted onto the victim. So, someone could be minding their own business and suddenly have their wrists gushing blood because Moira just slashed her own wrists (bringing new meaning to the term “slasher flick”). Or, if someone tries to defend themselves against Moira, they ultimately just hurt themselves because the damage is reflected back at them. In one particularly fascinating scene, a person tries to defend themselves against the seemingly flesh-and-blood Moira by shooting her in the mouth.
It is an interesting concept. Bullying tends to lead their victims to want to hurt themselves to escape the emotional trauma. This movie takes that real-world tendency and creates a character that can make bullies feel the effects of their own actions. Granted, they don’t really feel the emotional trauma caused by bullying, but they certainly experience the self-harming that results from that trauma. Initially, the deaths by Moira are ruled as suicides, which is far too common among younger people who have been bullied.
This was a fairly respectable outing for first time writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer; it tries to touch on important social commentary while appealing to fans of blood and gore. It has a short runtime relative to the normal 90 minutes and it does get off to a slow start, setting the tone by briefly showing Lincoln’s home life, where he gets bullied by his own father (Andrew Bryniarski; Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Necessary Roughness), and pre-camp school life. Depending on your views and/or childhood, you may find the first half (with multiple instances of bullying) more disturbing than when the bullies “get what they deserve”.