WATCH: Judd Nelson Sends Up The Breakfast Club in Bad Kids Go To Hell

Bad Kids Go To Hell - Judd NelsonSchool principal Judd Nelson sees his bratty charges as he wants to see them... in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. Because they're all cliches in the Breakfast Club genre-spoof Bad Kids Go to Hell, an indie film adaptation of Matthew Spradlin's comic book/graphic novel. Watch the trailer for the horror comedy, which debuts at Comic-Con, after the jump, and decide if this kind of fast-talking self-awareness still seems fresh in a post-Detention world.

That's the biggest obstacle facing Bad Kids Go To Hell, if you ask me: Joseph Kahn has already traversed this ground, and with an unapologetically hopped-up, take no prisoners visual style and razor wit, in spring's indie horror satire Detention. Like that film (which starred The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson), Bad Kids Go To Hell seems to take '80s teen movies like The Breakfast Club and spins its tropes around in various post-modern ways, dropping pop culture references galore. Unlike Detention, however, Bad Kids seems pedestrian in comparison - but then almost any iteration of a teen movie spoof would seem that way, juxtaposed with Kahn's ADD speed freak-out of a genre romp.

Behold, the Bad Kids synopsis:

Six private school high school kids find themselves stuck in detention on a frightfully dark and stormy Saturday afternoon. During their 8 hour incarceration, each of the six kids falls victim to a horrible "accident" until only one of them remains.

And as each of these spoiled rich kids bites the dust, the story takes on a series of humorous and frantic twists and turns.

Is one of the kids secretly evening the school's social playing field? Or have the ghosts of prestigious Crestview Academy finally come to punish the school's worst (and seemingly untouchable) brats?

One thing is for sure...Daddy's money can't save them now.

Bad Kids Go To Hell will have its North American premiere at Comic-Con this Friday, July 13th.


  • Dana says:

    Bad Kids Go to Hell is nothing like Detention. There's actually a whole level of symbolism behind it and it's written with an intelligence that clearly wasn't grasped here.

    A good start would have been to read the comic.

    You didn't do your homework, Movieline.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      This trailer is going to feel very familiar to a lot of people, was my point. It's an obstacle BKGTH will have to overcome.

      • Theres clearly more to Bad Kids Go To Hell than you think ( if you even bothered to read the comic book in the first place!)
        And to be Brutally Honest with you Joseph Khans "Detention" wasnt even that popular in the first place (and still isnt, lol), which isnt going to be a problem anyway for BKGtH because for one, it has already surpassed Detention and two..the film is on a MUCH bigger level anyway!I HIGHLY doubt BKGtH will have to overcome that kind of obstacle of being compared to Detention and other crap copied- like films, taking the theme from the Breakfast Club! LOL. i bet people cant even remember Detention and its not like its going to be that kind of a memorable film! HAHAHha

        All im trying to say is that this is a very different type of film and comparing it to the likes of Detention is an insult!
        I mean Dane Cook??? ehh just gonna leave it at that! At least the Director of Bad Kids was smart enough to have Judd Nelson in the movie xD ahaha bet Joseph was kicking his head in for that one eh?

        The thing with Bad Kids is that it has the whole package.
        The acid witt dialogue and clever, intriguing storyline, the Hot Characters, these "kids" are HATEable, character wise for the things they do and the fact that its set in a Private School is what makes BKGtH unique & different!

        Bad Kids is going to suceed with a breeze.
        Truth hurts doesnt it..
        And I rest my case at that..
        Anyone else's oppinion is Aborted. 🙂

        **oh and to do your research beforehand buddy, you know, just to save you some time from looking stupid in future articles.**

  • Bob Bueller says:

    Detention was incomprehensible garbage that couldn't even last more than a week at the theater it played at. NOt one second of it made a damn bit of sense, and I LOVE high school films. How are you allowed to write professionally?