I live all the way in the US and it's only showing in the UK right now. I've searched high and low on the internet and sadly all I got were dead links. So I decided to wait until July. But since the US release was changed to unknown, shortly after, I have no way of watching it and countries can take at least a year to show the movie in other countries. Does anyone have any links? And I don't want to have to pay for anything or have to fill out a survey since they make you giver personal information.I live all the way in the US and it's only showing in the UK right now. <more>
I've searched high and low on the internet and sadly all I got were dead links. So I decided to wait until July. But since the US release was changed to unknown, shortly after, I have no way of watching it and countries can take at least a year to show the movie in other countries. Does anyone have any links? And I don't want to have to pay for anything or have to fill out a survey since they make you giver personal information.
Tormented in a nutshell. Typical rundown British school. Bored group of popular kids bully the fat kid- Darren Mullet. It all becomes too much and the kid kills himself. The group of bullies show no remorse.. until the day Mullet rises from the dead and kills them all off one by one in a very 'final-destinationesque' way. All except one. Head girl and his crush Justine. Who he frames, making it look like she killed everyone, simply because she never helped him out or liked him the way he liked her.So it sounds like your ideal British teen movie. But its not a typical teen <more>
'romcom'. There's no focus on the romantic boy loves girl plot. Instead that merely acts as the subplot as these teen pin-ups get knocked off one by one.Okay so start with Alex Pettyfer. The girls say yum. Throw in new "towering hunk" Tom Hopper and you're on to something. Then there's Dimitri Leonidas- who seemingly just transferred from Grange Hill. Take April Pearson and Larissa Wilson. Michelle and Jal- yeah. . . you're bound to make the connection to skins in that respect. But other than the fact that April Pearson is still shagging guys in cars, I don't really see the connection to 'Skins' so much. . . These kids actually go to school.This cast screams teenage audience at you. Cue the sex, violence and comedy. . . Cue tormented.After going backward and forward to the 'Film Classification' bods it finally got the 15 rating it was after- which I personally think is going to be key to its success. That way Pettyfer's harem of screaming girls get to see him minus the clothes.. and they really will be screaming as he gets chopped up into little pieces. . . small parts included . The harem can bring their boyfriends along who will put on brave faces through the gore and sit with their tongues out as Tasha and Sophie April Pearson and Georgia king run around in very little clothing too. Kerchinnng. Everyone's happy.So its definitely different. Does it work? Yes. But its a strange and awkward sensation. One moment your laughing your head off at the ridiculousness and pure comedy gold that is Geoff Bell the games teacher and at times also the head teacher who used to be in 'emmerdale' in a wheelchair way way back many centuries ago . . . seconds later your confronted with eye-balls hanging out of sockets. . . and wait a sec. . . you're still laughing and you're asking yourself why?! Perhaps the intention of Director Jon Wright?This awkwardness may be responsible for the odd negative review. Take Chris Tookey from the Mail- he'll be 60 next year. Perhaps he walked into the wrong movie on his way to collect his pension? My point is, who is he to be reviewing a movie aimed at teenagers. Of course he's going to detest it! Its fresh, it's experimental. Yes the teenagers have sex and yes they swear. I think due praise will come from us- the dreaded "youths of today".Tormented is British. Through and through. The idea of comedy horror is a bit American, but it's been grabbed by the horns and ridden pretty darn well by an English jockey.. The grim schools in Birmingham used for filming add to the intended atmosphere. Then there's the themes. Lets not try and pretend there is a profound moral to the movie. I mean it's all about Bullying. The key theme. I guess you could say it teaches kids not to bully? But c'Mon really? The film's a bit of fun. As a teen you can relate to the whole thing. The cliques, the school life, the loopy art teacher, the 'fowl language' and naturalistic/ad libbed feel to the script. It's all so. . . normal?, and then the contrast of the dead bully Calvin Dean really works.. And the music.. Soo Good. Bring on the soundtrack with the rumoured track from the film by Nasser James Floyd So what didn't I like? Not much. I think for something so pioneering, small scale and experimental it really works. The ending frustrated me slightly? I think I would have preferred to see Justine new comer Tuppence Middleton face down in a swimming pool too- just so it appeared as though Mullet had completed his intentions rather than framing her. It was clever and unpredictable- just slightly frustrating. The name "Tormented" doesn't do the movie justice either, however after a train journey home thinking about it I wasn't able to come up with a suitable alternative, so kudos to them on that one.So in summary. Well worth a watch. I know for a fact the younger generation will wait till it's out on DVD and then somehow get their hands on it too if they haven't donned their high heels and flirted their way into the cinema already. For them its an introduction into Horror.. hosted by their favourite young actors. New emerging talent- always a bonus. A stepping stone for them, and a stepping stone for British film. An emotional roller-coaster I could ride over and over again.Oh and sit through the credits.. worth it for the final clip. Epic.
I loved the first 73 minuets of Tormented. The last 13 minuets let the film down as Alex Pettyfer died. A lot of people are saying Tormented is like Skins, but i watch every episode, and i can say the only similarity is the cast. All of the cast performs, like older actors with much more experience that what they have. The message about bulling is very clear. You don't have to think much about what is happening in the film, to understand the plot or message, this makes it appeal for the targeted audience - teenagers. But the the film itself was not good, i diddn't find it a comedy or <more>
horror. It's like what a bunch of teenagers would put it together in a class project against bulling, When i watched Tormented in the cinema, i did laugh but only at the sarcastic remarks others said about the script. However I've made my mom promise she will pre-order it on DVD the day you can pre-order it. Then the i will have the DVD the day it comes out on DVD. I will watch it every night, and if i don't one night i wont be able to sleep. I give Tormented 9 out of ten, but if it didn't have Alex in i would give it a 4 and that's only for the message. Well if Alex wasn't in it i wouldn't even be writing this review.
I am currently watching Tormented as part of my AS Media Studies work, and I have to say I was looking forward to watching this Original British Horror Movie, based around a school kid called Darren Mullet, who commits suicide as he was so badly 'Tormented' by your typical school bully and his gang. The film has many good aspects about it, the non-linear structure of Justine being escorted out of school at the start of the film corresponds to the structure of the film, which happens at the end when she is framed for murders. The tension which builds up towards murders of the cast is <more>
impressive which then ends in bloody scenes which are classical. However, some of the bad points of the film are that, well it is very stereotypical? A school kid was bullied, and commits suicide, then comes back to haunt and kill the pupils is very basic; a more advanced storyline could have been used to make the film interesting and a "must watch." Overall, for a low budget horror attempt, it is very good, the way that young people are included in such classic attempts at a horror sequence are amazing. The film is funny with sarcastic lines from many characters, and not to forget the horror and guts, I give this film an 9 out of 10.
A brilliant mix of horror and comedy....so much better than you would think. (by lbabe29)
When I sat down to watch "Tormented" i thought i was in for a film so bad and low budget i would laugh for 5 minutes before swiftly turning it off. Imagine my surprise when i became absorbed in a surprisingly funny, stylish and well-acted horror.plot: The film begins at the funeral of Darren Mullet Calvin Dean , a bullied boy who hanged himself. Also attending the funeral is head girl and "good girl" Justine Tuppence Middleton . Alpha male and total asshole Bradley Alex Pettyfer his bitch of a girlfriend Tasha April Pearson and the charming and sweet Alexis Dimitri <more>
Leonidas . Also included are Tasha's slutty, bitchy friends Sophie Georgia King , Khalillah Larissa Wilson and the gangs dumb "henchman" Marcus Tom Hopper . As Alexis takes a shine to the pretty Justine the group begins receiving texts from the not-so-dead Darren Mullet who is hell bent on taking brutal revenge on his "tormentors".Story/relationshipsWhilst the plot sounds like your everyday slasher full of attractive bitches getting just what they deserve its actually a bit more than that. Its a great blend of humour and horror with some of the deaths being wonderfully funny and others downright horrible. It's that mix of horror/comedy, the fact "Tormented" knows when to not take its self seriously that really makes it work. Another refreshing aspect is actually character development. In so many of these teen horrors the lead girl and/or boy are so morally perfect. Here our lead girl can be a bit of a bitch, she ditches her friends, she has sex with the popular boy. And there are clear hints that our lead boy Alexis is far from the perfect boyfriend he seems. These character issues actually make our leads more real, they feel like two real teenagers and we learn to care for them. In fact the relationship between Alexis and Justine is a real high point in the film, feeling real and providing the film with some great drama and a very beautifully shot romantic sex scene . Their relationship is actually one of the most believable I've seen in a horror.Script: The script is clearly aimed at teenagers and whilst at times i felt the writers were trying to be too "hip" for example an indie boy adding Blud and "you get me" to his sentences just felt out of place . Some of the best/funniest dialog comes from Tasha who is really one of the biggest bitches I've seen on screen. The scenes between Alexis and Justine are also very well scripted and very touching.Acting: Pettyfer makes a great bully, proving he is more than just looks even if his crying needs a lot more work. Pearson was OK in skins and she is again only OK here.... well she is wonderful at being a bitch but when it comes to her scenes of terror she fails at really going for it. The actors who really impress are Dimitri Leonidas as Alexis and Tuppence Middleton as Justine. Leonidas is perfect through out, adding more charm and likability to Alexis whilst also excelling in scenes of terror or strong emotion. Middleton in her first acting role is wonderful and really makes a strong impression, like Leonidas she hits all the emotions perfectly. In Addition both these actors have great chemistry with each other. Olly Alexander deserves a mention for his sensitive proytal of geeky, terrified Jason. Im not saying this is award winning acting but there is enough promise and honest talent to make these characters feel real. Negatives: The actual ghost Mullet is anything but scary, maybe this was done on purpose but if it was meant to be scary is was not. Everyone is a bit stereotyped the goths, geeks, sluts etc but in a film that is meant to be a little tongue and cheek this is not a real problem. This is a film very much aimed at teenagers/young adults which may be a negative for some. postives: well acted, well filmed, good/realistic characters, perfect soundtrack. Through provoking scenes dealing with bulling and a clever if a litttle cliché ending.
Tormented Review FOR COMPETITION-ALEXMCNEILL (by DeathsDesign)
"Tormented" is a darkly funny, gory, fun and proudly British horror movie which, in some ways a first for the prolific genre, boldly focuses on the grange hill/skins/twitter audience and introduces the now relevant cyber-bullying craze which is extremely apparent in secondary schools across the UK. Without getting ahead of it's self to much, "Tormented", unlike many other glossed up Hollywood horror's, knows what it is and what it sets out to do. By glancing at the audience around you whilst watching Tormented, you fully take in an array of laughs, screams, and <more>
cringing the film obviously sets out to enforce. It isn't a breakthrough for the genre, and neither dose it want it to be-but crucially-this fun rom com issues a bloody good time .with the odd decapitation along the way. With a simplified storyline which is nevertheless clique, it really lets you enjoy the film so much more and cheer when the bullies get what's coming to them. These guys deserve it. Your not meant to moan when blood splats from that overly large wound-your meant to cringe and chuckle-immerse yourself in this bitter sweet issuement of revenge. And bitter sweet it is-as a fantastic showcase of what make-up and FX can do when it meets a cast of outrageously gorgeous teens in the most gruesome way imaginable plays out. There's loads to like here; the hilarious emo's staring apathetically in admiration over the tragic death of Mullet-competing over who lives the most ignored life the film club geeks who await the participation of the perfect head girl Justine, whilst adoring the difference between commentary on the Atonement DVD and without it and the outrageously ignorant staff who darkly overlook the blood shed and bullying around them one teacher tries to-this made me laugh out loud-explain to a cotton candy sweet teacher that the dead girl lifelessly floating in the schools pool is simply "swimming"! . But more seriously although, as I said-not to seriously , the theme of bullying plays a pivotal role in the film which is Tormented-as the apparition of the fact that bullying effects all becomes apparent. The bullies slowly cripple, so wound up and ignorant to the pain they've caused to many, and the nerds are stereotypically seen to live with the absurd characteristics of staff and classmates who daily torment and snigger. To me, the most interesting aspect of Tormented is that of Justine..the supposedly perfect prefect. With a clever twist favourite part of the film , the prefect every once once adored stares in disbelief as she is flung into the backseat of a police car-in realisation that she although she tragically did not , issued the brutal massacre the audience overviews throughout.. I must point out here the films fabulous soundtrack-with the ghostly closing rhythm of Desert Sessions-Dead in Love playing out over this gleeful climax . "Tormented", however, isn't without it's faults. With an at times slightly corny script which sheers far from realism and what one would expect to see and hear at an ordinary British secondary being a school boy of the age of 15 going on 16, let me tell you that Fairviews students differentiate heavily from me and my group of buddies at my school! , and at times seems atentivly American. This is a bit of a shame, as the film really could of stood out a lot more had the script undertaken a much more British-school life manor rather then Final Destination high school attitude. The characters have their witty moments of dialogue, but to be brutally honest and we were asked for honesty! I found myself cringing sometimes at the wink-wink-nudge nudge attitude in moments of vague and only rarely , awkwardly delivered bits of dialogue. And some moments stood as just embarrassing I found myself asking why a very much indie boy with a trendy haircut and skinny jeans issued the lines "What Blad?!" at a DJ after he offends his present girlfriend I'm sorry but I had to suddenly block my ears! . But apart from this which is entirely due to the script-the cast obviously appeared slightly awkward delivering lines heavily out of their character and the place they stood in.. , the cast deliver solid and realistic performances throughout especially Dimitri Leonidas and Tuppence Middleton-who I found myself standing next to by outrageous luck the day after at the Shakespere Globe Theatre-I almost fainted after receiving a very nice handshake and convo-thanks so much guys by the way! . I overall throughoutly enjoyed Tormented and it's darkly funny British take on the horror genre, and even after a second viewing just got back , it never failed to entertain and me make cringe with the guiltily offerings of blood flying from left to right! Funny, scary and serious when it wants to be; "Tormented" isn't just a slasher for the Skins generation-it's a slasher for the proudly TEENAGE generation!!8.9/10! Don't think however that I didn't notice the two film club geeks carrying LOVEFILM.COM DVD's cheeky product placement for you there haha!
Fun if not frightening British horror that shines with Skins energy (by Stampsfightclub)
A group of bullying teenagers are targeted individually by a student who committed suicide.Before pointing out that reviewers and critics have established this as "Skins with killings", it is worth mentioning that the E4 programme is a drama, containing controversial yet equally fun and poignant entertainment for teenagers and adults. It in 2007 was a refreshing establishment to represent the English nation with teenager's wrong doings and the stereotyped lives of the 16 to 17 year olds, and with its issues on drugs, sex and school it was to be taken seriously. This picture, is <more>
not.Also noting that British horror has fallen into some what convention recently, do not expect to be scared witless. Last year's Donkey Punch for example was a slasher that brewed with high octane teenager zest that was highly predictable but undoubtedly thrilling. But likewise it wasn't especially scary, and neither is this owing to the fact of the build up and perhaps repetitious plot. Someone has come back from the dead to get his revenge. We have seen that with Sorority Row amongst others already this year. However this film is fantastic.When watching a horror you expect to be thrilled and scared and be glued to your seat or hiding behind your sofa. This is a glued to your seat styled slasher that brims excellent verbal disgust, spicy protagonists and quite gruesome death sequences.Scream was perhaps the first original slasher that proved everyone wrong with its many red herrings and ups and downs. This 2009 picture has some very effective montages of thrilling entertainment from an in car sex show to blunt and extravagant vandalism. And whilst the majority is predictable it is simple entertainment built for quick enjoyment and representation of the digital age with the mobile phone texts.Alex Pettyfer thrives on the tough lead bully, a sharp and distasteful protagonist with attitude for anyone who gives one. He brims with bad genes and is the quarter stone for the stereotypical English bully. As before whilst this film isn't to be taken seriously as Skins, it is worth noting that this has an underlining theme of bullying and the wrong nature of degrading others. The essence of karma is present likewise which adds tension and an extra spice which is occasionally lost in inevitability, but is likable.Jon Wright's style here adds your spice and zest with some digital camera shots to give that extra sense of real life and whilst the placement of Mullet in the shock sequences is dreadful, he gets the majority on target for the narrative to work.So, a Skins episode with bloods and gore? In a sense but this doesn't have the heartfelt intention and controversy of the TV programme but unlike the Bafta winning smash, this is to be taken sitting down with enjoyment and dark drama on the heart.
Typically British and fun, despite the film being similar to the American "scary movies" which add an element of dark comedy to haunting and murders of teens. The film is something which displays a universal element of bullying, by the popular kids in a regular public school. The film was interactive with the audience who appeared to laugh and scream as well as the occasional tear at the appropriate moments. I must admit i am not a person who enjoys a horror movie and one of the key factors that led me to going to see Tormented was the cast, in particular one Alex Pettyfer, but i <more>
can say how surprised, in a good way, as to how much i enjoyed the film. I was expecting a gruesome blood fest which was totally over exaggerated with people who looked out of place in a school scene. However there was plenty of blood and gore yet there was a clear story which being a teen myself at school could relate to, with teaching staff still being involved yet not understanding, the ongoings in teenage life after school hours. Although the deaths were unrealistic they were useful for a good laugh to ease the scare factor of the film,no nightmares for me : . This is a film that most teens will enjoy, a good break from the stressful revision in my opinion. Tormented far from disappointed in fact it exceeded my expectations and i even walked out of the screen with a smile on my face, does this make me sick?? who knows!! all i know is that this is a must see film!! You will regret it if you don't and you can quote me on that one. Tormented has been compared to programmes such as skins and waterloo road, however as a big fan of both of these programmes i don't see this as a negative comparison taking positive aspects from each. The barbaric life of teens with drink and sex from skins as well as the disruptive school life from waterloo road. Many people claim the school in the film is unrealistic however the unawareness of the teachers to the extremes of school bullying is one which is often a common feature in a number of schools nationwide. Another positive aspect of the film is the twist when Justine, who is innocent in the bullying and the murders is punished for everything but the clever twist is how the film begins where it ends and Darren Mullet is there watching, as is the rest of the school, as the schools "Princess Diana" is taken away in the back of a police car. Tormented is definitely a film which is targeted at teens rather than adult viewers, although some may enjoy it, there is the aspect of the film which relates to the misunderstood generation which are the "youths of today", which may offer a solution into why Tormented has received a mixed bunch of reviews. The rating of 15 is one which is accurate for the film i am 16 and at some points found myself covering my eyes also the swearing and the sex may have been a bit in your face for a couple of the younger viewers. It must be said that the best areas of the film where the quick witted script with several one liners, the very fitting soundtrack and the ability to relate to the characters of the film. On a final note id rate the film 8/10 and advise all teenagers to go and see it!! Ill finish with my favourite line "Darren won't be doing games today because. he. is. dead"