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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMelanie Martinez
Josh McKie
Produced byTyler Zelinsky
Kimberly Stuckwisch
Alissa Torvinen
Gergely Varga
Written byMelanie Martinez
  • Melanie Martinez
  • Emma Harvey
  • Zión Moreno
  • Megan Gage
  • Zinnett Hendrix
  • Jesy McKinney
  • Marsalis Wilson
  • Maggie Budzyna
Music byMelanie Martinez
Michael Keenan
CinematographyJosh McKie
Edited byMelanie Martinez
Release date
  • September 5, 2019 (2019-09-05) (in select theaters)
  • September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million

K-12 is a 2019 American musical horror fantasy film, written and directed by Melanie Martinez.


A brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend make a bewitching pair as they embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12.


  • Melanie Martinez as Cry Baby
  • Emma Harvey as Angelita
  • Zión Moreno
  • Megan Gage
  • Zinnett Hendrix
  • Jesy McKinney
  • Marsalis Wilson
  • Maggie Budzyna as Kelly
  • Kendy Cruz
  • Vilmos Heim as Brandon
  • Ngo Quoc Huy
  • Genesis Ilada
  • Samantha Lepre
  • Kate O'Donnell
  • Quei Tann
  • Natalia Toth as Lucy
  • Anne Wittman as Miss Daphne
  • Scott Young as Mr. Cornwell



After finishing her album K-12, Martinez began writing the script for the film in summer 2017 and finished it in February 2018, but had to cut it down so she could hand in the final version.


On May 14, 2018, Martinez confirmed that she will be designing the costumes for the film. On September 9, 2018, she confirmed that she would be exploring some of the places in Europe for the film.


Filming began in October 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, and ended in December 2018.


On January 2, 2019, Martinez began editing the film. On May 15, 2019, a first teaser was released. On May 22, 2019, a second teaser was released. On May 29, 2019, a third teaser was released revealing the release date. On June 17, 2019, during the MTV Movie Awards, a TV spot was released. On July 23, 2019, the official trailer was released.


The film is set to be released on September 6, 2019, and will be in select theaters on September 5, 2019.

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