Paradise Lost (1996)
This famous HBO documentary brought the West Memphis 3 case to public notice. It shows the railroading of 3 local weirdoes for murder. Southern hicks scream at the camera. This was utterly terrible, full of bizarre behaviour and satanic panic.
There is anguish and wrath. People seem predetermined to find them guilty. Damien Echol's blase attiude didn't help him. The jury paid no heed to the defence and people taunt them. There was malicious mischief,
“Shedded his blood.”
“Mail him the skirt.”
“I hate those three and the mothers that bore them.”
“Talk about me for years.”
Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)
A boy is sent to a very posh boarding school. He is a chav with useless friends. The school has cadets and golf clubs and large grounds. The look and cast and soundtrack were all designed to make this a hit, I don't think it was. There is wine delivery by drone and a student dropped off by force and rampant bullying. There is growing anxiety and a dead pupil. This was woeful, deliberately awful and people are obsessed with discipline, status and image. There is a continuing presnce of a dark history at the leading school. People are happy with their consciences.
Simon Pegg prances along with his fat friend Nick Frost and Michael Sheen of 'Prodigal Son'. There is no credibility or trust just bizarre various school houses. There is no seriousness just hostile bullies. Sheen is the headmaster. This does not fascinate or intrigue. There is hostile public opinion, frakkers and eco warriors. It is joked that Piers Morgan is a past pupil.
Wouldn't the huge frakking tower be more visible and stink out the school? This was catastrophic and people have antiquated notions. Was that Margot Robbie having a cameo as Pegg's love interest? People are annoyed, frustrated, mystified and scathing. Prefects are steadfast in opposition. There is moaning.
There is peer opinion and a disturbing obsession with social norms. This was not hugely important and decisions are made that are evasive and obfuscating. There are ominious noises. What is feathering? There is a school legend. There is no intensity and no higher purpose. This was not brilliantly funny or moving. There are class tensions and a Draco Malfoy looking baddie.
There is a sinkhole and people are callously disregarded. There is no laconic charm. This was the absolete worst. This was laddish and eclusionary. Something emerges and there is an earthquake and powercut. This was absolute nonsense and male gazey. A monster rampages. Teens wield weapons. Things get perilous and there are 'Shaun Of The Dead' homages. Authoritarian rule ends and there is no fulfilment or respect and poeple are adversely affected.
There are irresponsible actions and blood sprays. This was extremely anodyne. Asa Butterfield and Finn Cole feature in this terrible film. What became of the rest of the students and teachers?
“Welcome to hell.”
“Make our school great again.”
“Practically on the cricket pitch.”
“No go areas.”
“Bit of a weird name for a school.”
“Drove 6 hours there and back.”
“Sit around here doing bugger all.”
“Leaders of tomorrow.”
“Find yourself some trousers.”
“I rather think it's dead don't you.”
“Product of evil men.”
“You're so Northern.”
“Ain't no mundane chasm.”
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)
The original documentary attracted a lot of attention. The 1st film was all about pre-judgment and mob mentality. This is about a hick stepfather doing demented monologues. TPTB won't admit fault. The murders took place in 1993. There is talk of false confessions. The stepfather acts like a crazy man. Melissa, the mother of one of the murder victims has died mysteriously since 1996 and the crazy stepfather fake cries at her grave and later on sings Amazing Grace badly. TPTB refuse to admit error. This was good.
“Eat the skin off of his face.”
“Dead in hell.”
“His situation is hopeless.”
“Trouble follows him.”
“Not that great of a person.”