Synopsis: A group of teachers must defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours.
Director: Johannes Roberts
Writer: Johannes Roberts
Stars: David Schofield, Eliza Bennett and Ruth Gemmell
As far as Independent Horror goes, it is pretty much hit or miss in regards to what we get. While F is more of a Psychological Thriller then a full blown horror film, it does include elements of horror.
F starts off interestingly enough with a very intriguing plotline where a teacher basically is reprimanded for grading a paper properly. Instead of grading the paper the F that it deserved, he was told to not grade in that manner as it would hurt the students feelings. This scene is actually a testament to today’s society and where we are going by coddling our children.
F does a nice job of creating a realistic atmosphere and then slowly raising the suspense, but the level of suspense is not very high. The characters are rather disposable and there is not a single one to root for. Even the teacher who has been treated unjustly becomes a drunk and abuses his own daughter. Outside of Robert Anderson, played by David Schofield, we are giving a bunch of throwaway characters and very little rational for their actions. In some instances, not knowing too much is a plus, but in this case, the more you know, the better, or at least knowing a little but would be nice.
In terms of production values, this doesn’t fall into the B-movie category at all. It really does look good and makes good use of interesting camera angles to set the tone for the film.
On the down side, if you are looking for a gore fest, you had better look elsewhere. Most of the violence is done off screen.
F does borrow a lot of elements of recent UK Horror, but it does not take full advantage of what it could have been as a lot of other recent UK Horror movies have.
Overall, this movie is nothing to write home about, but is not a horrible movie by any stretch of the imagination. If you are looking for a movie to put on in the background while surfing the Web, you could do much worse than F.