Roger’s High school is in the grip of a dark and sinister force. Three Bullies lay near death and it’s whispered that they’re the casualties of Abel Frye, a ghost that’s haunted the school since he hanged himself there 10 years before. Scratched into the locker of each victim is the image of a hangman, a symbol which has become a calling card for terror. Suspicions run high as students begin to believe that the outcast “witches” are calling upon the spirit of Abel Frye to retaliate for their daily torment. Is it truly the supernatural, or could it be something even more terrifying? The clues are few and time is running out. The only hope is the Veritas Project, a highly trained investigative team working undercover to expose the truth. Lives hang in the balance as they scramble to unravel the mystery and protect the student body from their own hatred and fear.
This family film has it all: suspense, drama, comedy, a good plot and wonderful writing. I have always loved reading Frank Peretti’s novels and wondered why none have ever made it to the big screen. Well, now the wait is over. Produced by Kelly Neutz, Steven Buhal and Frank Peretti, “Hangman’s Curse” deals with life at Roger’s High school and all the problems that can and do occur. The school has its bullies that steal money from kids, jocks that think they’re tough, and “weirdos” who look and act different than anyone else, and the brainiacs that don’t seem to fit in anywhere. But there are bigger problems. Students are becoming seriously ill. The kids believe that the ghost of a student, Abel Fry, who hung himself in the school ten years prior, is responsible and is seeking revenge on some of the student population. I was captivated by the realistic imagery this film created within the high school setting as it related to the kids interaction with each other. Kids can be so cruel to one another in high school. “Hangman’s Curse” has a lesson for every school kid, teacher and parent in dealing with how we treat others.
Frank Peretti has an amusing part in the film as Professor Algernon Wheeling, a silly scientist that assists in the investigation at the school. The viewer can tell that Peretti is having a great time playing this role and he is fun to watch, bringing comic relief to a pretty intense film. I would love to see more of Peretti’s work brought to the big screen, but “Hangman’s Curse” is a very good start.