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Ghost Canyon

'Study Hell'
(Michael Henry, Lindsay Dell, et al / DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / MTI Home Ent.)

Overview: A high school teacher reaches the end of his patience with his profession and turns into a lethal murderer in STUDY HELL. The teacher is a former army man who draws on all his experience as a trained killer, and only the kids who have been kept in detention have any hope of stopping his bloody murder spree.

DVD Verdict: Just as kids are headed back to the halls of education, director Mark McNabb (a producer and editor on last year’s Dark Fields) brings us the tale of detention gone extremely wrong! Starring Steve McDougall as a former soldier who got somewhat left-of-center in combat, he takes a position as a high-school teacher. The trouble is, when he’s put in charge of detention for a group of troubled students, he snaps and reverts to his killing ways!

And oh boy, does he revert! he result is an awful lot of classroom carnage and hallway bloodshed. Included in the solid cast are Lindsay Dell, Brian Austin Jr., Shaylyn Doyle, Michael Henry and Ryan Fisher. But it's Steve McDougall as the touched former soldier who runs the show here - quite literally - and while he's on screen you just can never takes your eyes away from him. He fills the screen, his eyes acting when his features don't need to.

But I guess the only real question of the day that has to be answered is: Has anyone learned how to take him down? And the answer is ... well, you'll just have to find out now, won't you! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.