Better than any Lifetime Channel after-school special.

It’s September! You know what that means: the end of summer is approaching, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are coming soon to a café near you, and of course, school is starting up.  For those of you who are starting a new academic year, we’d like to wish you a good start and give you some advice: study a little bit every night so you’re not cramming for an exam the night before; try your best to adhere to a consistent sleep schedule; get involved with extra-curricular activities; and of course, the Golden Rule: treat others the way you’d want to be treated.  Meaning, don’t be a bully.  If empathy and basic human decency aren’t really your strong points, the following films should persuade you against being an asshole to your classmates:

The Craft (1996)

When Nancy transfers to a new school, she immediately falls in with a group of three social outcasts.  The four young women bond over their dysfunctional lives, the fact that they’re bullied by the “cool kids”…and their aptitude for witchcraft.  Stars Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Fairuza Balk.

Tamara (2005)

Tamara is an unpopular high school gal who dabbles in the occult (as we all do at one point or another).  After her tormentors accidentally kill her during a particularly cruel prank, Tamara magically (Literally. She uses magic.) comes back to life.  This time around, she’s hot, seductive, and hellbent for revenge.

Carrie (1976, 2013)

It’s probably illegal to write a “Top Revenge Movie” article and not include this movie.  Carrie White spends her days being bullied by the popular kids at school and spends her nights being abused by her religious fanatic mother.  After having her first menstrual period, she discovers that she possesses telekinetic powers.  Things start to look up a little when she’s invited to the prom, but of course happiness can never last forever.  A particularly vicious pair of bullies humiliate her in front of her entire class and no one stands up for her.  But it’s Carrie who has the final laugh in this classic Stephen King story.  The original, starring Sissy Space and Piper Laurie) is fantastic, and for once, the remake was just as solid.  The 2013 version of this movie (starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore) is updated and includes the relatively new phenomenon of cyberbullying.

Ps: If you haven’t read the book, I highly suggest that you do. Like, right now.

The Final (2010)

A band of misfits trap their tormentors during a party and torture them in gruesome ways.  That’s pretty much all there is to this movie.  It serves as a brutal and visceral reminder not to mess with the “weird” kids– they’re often the most creative.

Unfriended (2014)

Told entirely through a Skype lens, this modern revenge flick is about a girl who commits suicide due to cyberbullying, and then seeks revenge by haunting the people who perpetuated it.  For more information and analysis, check out the review that one of our writers posted here.


Mean Girls

Some genius on the internet edited some scenes from the iconic film Mean Girls to make it look like a horror trailer.  So fetch.