Stupid Teenagers Must Die!

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Stupid Teenagers Must Die!
Stupid Teenagers Must Die Final Poster.jpg
Stupid Teenagers Must Die! movie poster
Directed by Jeff C. Smith
Produced by Curtis Andersen
Sara Parrell
Wayne Watson
Written by Curtis Andersen
Jeff C. Smith
Starring Jovan Meredith
Ashley Schneider
Devin Marble
Lindsay Gareth
Renee Dorian
Cory Assink
Jonathan Brett
Will Deutsch
Jamie Carson
Christina DeRosa
Music by Randy Catiller
Chris Dingman
John Draisey
Cinematography Jeff C. Smith
Edited by Jeff C. Smith
Production
company
Wiggy VonSchtick,
Off Set Pictures
Distributed by Vanguard Cinema,
Singa Home Entertainment
Release date
  • October 14, 2006 (2006-10-14) (Movie Nation Festival)
  • September 25, 2007 (2007-09-25) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Stupid Teenagers Must Die! (early title Blood & Guts) is a 2006 spoof film directed by Jeff C. Smith and written by Smith and Curtis Andersen.[1][2] During production and initial festival screenings, the film was titled Blood & Guts, but before sending it to distributors, the change to the current title was made to better reflect the humor intended by the filmmakers, as they thought the original title implied more carnage than the film supplied.[3]

Background[edit]

In an early interview with Unbound, director Jeff C. Smith revealed that he and co-producers Sara Parrell and Curtis Andersen, as well as actor Jovan Meredith all at one time worked together in the Entertainment division at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Smith shared that it was during their employment at the park, and when the group had collaborated on an earlier project, he learned that Jovan had skills he wished to include in a future project... the one which became Stupid Teenagers Must Die.[4] Even before the film had entered post-production, the crew had optimistically scheduled its premiere as Blood & Guts at Cinespace in Hollywood, California for July 13, 2006. However, the film was not ready and director Smith was compelled to screen the incomplete rough-cut he did have, as a "test screening". The audience panned the project. Taking the lesson of premature release to heart, Smith spent the next several months finishing the film's editing in preparation for its subsequent screenings.[4]

Plot[edit]

Set in the 1980s, the movie is a tongue-in-cheek homage to classic 80's horror films such as Night of the Demons, the Friday the 13th and Halloween films and Sleepaway Camp.[3]

A group of teens has decided to meet in a haunted house to hold a seance. The characters are stereotype spoofs of other 80's film characters: the cool hero guy (Jovan Meredith), the naive girlfriend (Ashley Schneider / Aurora Sta. Maria), the goth girl (Renee Dorian), the tough guy (Devin Marble), the ditzy blonde girl (Lindsay Gareth), the shy geek in love with the blonde (Matt Blashaw), two big nerds (Cory Assink & Jonathan Brett), and a pair of lipstick lesbians (Jamie Carson & Christina DeRosa). Expected before it even begins, and just as in 80's horror style, strange things begin to occur... outrageously corny deaths, gratuitous nudity, obvious pitfalls and traps, inane dialogue, and the teens themselves being one-by-one stabbed and sliced... with the cool hero working to save the day before every stupid teenager is dead.

Partial cast[edit]

Actor Role
Jovan Meredith Kane
Ashley Schneider Julie
Devin Marble Alfie
Lindsay Gareth Tiffany
Renee Dorian Madeline
Cory Assink Geek One
Jonathan Brett Geek Two
Will Deutsch Ryan
Jamie Carson Sissy
Christina DeRosa Jamie
Matt Blashaw Michael
Aurora Sta. Maria Soup

Full cast listing available at Piczo.[5]

Reception[edit]

Intended by the director to appeal to "movie geeks",[3] the film has received mixed response from genre reviewers. Dorkgasm Senior Staff Writer Kenneth Holm felt that with it being a low-budget film, he began his viewing with lowered expectations but opined that he should have lowered them even more. After panning it in his review, he concluded that he would recommend it only as an "exercise for other budding filmmakers to see what missteps to avoid when making their first movie."[6] Conversely, the reviewer for Dead Lantern found the film to be worth watching and great fun, remarking that he enjoyed the "back story" of why the house was haunted in the first place and feels that it would be a great prequel, and concludes by recommending it as a "comedy that will make even the most jaded horror elitists smile,"[7] and Fatally Yours called it a "film that knows how to have a good time!" in a review that acclaimed the film as "one of the most fun and enjoyable low-budget films I’ve seen in quite some time";[8] however, a reviewer for The Movies Made Me Do It, decided that even with touting itself as a low-budget spoof, the filmmakers lost track of the fact that they were making a spoof, resulting in them trying too hard at the wrong goals and taking the film too seriously, when it could have remained funny throughout, leading to them "basically creating a slasher film from the eighties minus the things that made those movies so appealing in the first place: massive body counts, T&A, and a neat villain for the heroes to contend with", concluding that "It's never even remotely scary", and "it's simply not funny either save for a couple of one-liners."[9] The film had a major write-up in the October 2007 issue of Fangoria Magazine.[10]

Release[edit]

The completed film was first screened October 14, 2006 at the Movie Nation Festival and then shown at many additional festivals.[4][11] Most notable among the screenings was the Backseat Film Festival where the film won Best Film Title and actress Lindsay Gareth won the prestigious "Best Breasts" award.[4][12] It was offered for release on DVD in the US by Vanguard International Cinema[1][13] and internationally by Singa Home Entertainment on September 25, 2007. Three weeks prior to the DVD release, director Smith shared that the distributor allowed them a maximum of 125 minutes on the DVD, so he had chosen to include a 30-minute "making of" documentary titled Movies Are Bullshit! The Making Of Stupid Teenagers Must Die!, with commentary by director Jeff C. Smith and actor Jovan Meredit, an audience reaction track from the premiere, and an interview with cast member Will Deutsch.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Luke Y. (January 23, 2008). "January 23, 2008". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Stupid Teenagers Must Die! (2006)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview with director Jeff C. Smith". Killer Reviews. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Jeff C. Smith". director interview. Unbound. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Blood & Guts (2006)". complete cast listing. Piczo. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  6. ^ Holm, Kenneth. "Review: Stupid Teenagers Must Die". Dorkgasm Senior Staff Writer. Dorkgasm. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Movie Review: Stupid Teenagers Must Die!". staff review. Dead Lantern. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Review of Stupid Teenagers Must Die!". film review. Fatally Yours. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Stupid Teenagers Must Die! (2006)". review. The Movies Made Me Do It. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  10. ^ "Stupid Teenagers Must Die!". scan of Fangoria writeup provided by director. Fangoria Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  11. ^ "festival screening of Stupid Teenagers Must Die". Santa Fe Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  12. ^ "5th annual Backseat Film Festival". Backseat Film Festival. pp. awards. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  13. ^ "Stupid Teenagers Must Die!". film review and production details. DVD Resurrection. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 

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