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A High School Threesome and the Death of Classmates

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 29, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 29, 2009 |

We got a couple of indie teen movie trailers lined up for you below, and I actually dig them both. The first is for a selection from this year’s Sundance Film Festival — Adam Salky’s Dare, which is based on his own 2005 short. It has a certain Mysteries of Pittsburgh quality to it — it’s about a repressed teenage girl (Emmy Rossum) and a loner teenager who has never kissed anyone, who both break-out of their shells slash come-of-age, so to speak, when they fall for a bad boy played by Zach Gilford — (Matty Saracen, to “FNL” fans). It’s certainly got potential. And Gilford somehow makes that wooden acting style work for him. Don’t ask me how. Alan Cumming and Sandra Bernhardt add some adult legitimacy:

The other is for Afterschool, from writer/director Antonio Campos. It’s about a prep school kid who inadvertently captures the death of two students on camera. It’s creepy-as-hell looking, and Manahlo Dargis’ blurb actually has me sold: “Tidy, Nasty, and Neat.” If the movie vibe is as disturbingly delicious as the trailer vibe, I’ll be all over Afterschool.

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