Extracurricular – Canada, 2018: film reviews

‘After school is when the real fun begins’

Extracurricular is a 2018 Canadian slasher horror feature film directed by Ray Xue from a screenplay written by Matthew Abrams and Padgett Arango. The September17Studio production stars Keenan Tracey, Brittany Raymond, Spencer Macpherson, Brittany Teo, Stephen Bogaert, Emmanuel Kabongo and Luke Goss.

Plot:

Miriam, Derek, Ian, and Jenny are overachieving high school students doing everything by the book. Straight A’s, sports, yearbook, band, and – when coursework allows – planning and executing elaborate murders…

Reviews:

Extracurricular is a fittingly mean-spirited little movie that refuses to soften the edges of its youthful killers and instead doubles down on their particular brand of nihilism. They’re never portrayed as victims, but their predicament grows increasingly engaging as their latest kill goes sideways in brutal and bloody ways.” Film School Rejects

 

“The script is the real problem here at the entire narrative plays out in a super severe manner for all 89 minutes and by the end of it all, no one really cares what happens.  Sure the ensemble cast is relatively inexperienced but they all do their best and the tease of Luke Goss is exactly that because he’s barely in it.: David Voigt, In the Seats

 

” …this was a real treat for me. And most of that comes down to the incredible performances from the four leads. Each brings something entirely unique to the table, and you really end up empathizing with each of them, despite knowing they are unrepentant irredeemable serial killers.” Nightmarish Conjurings

 

Extracurricular is a film that is both for and about people who watch slasher films just to cheer for the killer […] the film builds up to a much darker and blood soaked ending that will probably leave a bad taste for anyone who isn’t already a complete sociopath.” Sean Kelly on Movies

” …has no narrative flow and looks like a series of decent action scenes connected by pointless dialogue; all of it leading to a conclusion that makes the concept of nonsense seem coherent. Without giving too much away, Extracurricular’s ending is a dangerous one in today’s political climate, and not in a provocative way.” Wylie Writes

Ray Xue directing the four leads in Extracurricular (2018)

Cast and characters:

Keenan Tracey … Derek Gordon
Brittany Raymond … Miriam Randall
Spencer Macpherson … Ian Gordon
Brittany Teo … Jenny Kyoko
Stephen Bogaert … Kirk Randall
Emmanuel Kabongo … Mike Vanden
Luke Goss … Alan Gordon
Joshua Joel Bailey … Mr. Vollman
Richard Clarkin … Dave Lauderback
Madeleine Claude … Gina
Suzanne Cyr … Katherine Lauderback
Trisha Larocque … Bodydouble
Shanel Maida … Layla
Jean Paul Najm … Ray
Rachel Noel-Gard … Forensic background

Image credits: UHM

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