The Horror Honeys: Don't Be a Dick. It's Not That Complicated!

Don't Be a Dick. It's Not That Complicated!

A Revenge Honey Top Five by Linnie

It doesn't matter when or where you lived: there have always been bullies. As long as impotent, mean-spirited people choose to take out their unfulfilling lives on others, there will always be bullies. Unfortunately, the Internet has given bullies a megaphone for their sadistic and cruel behavior, and the results have been devastating. While movies like Unfriended turn Internet bullying into a joke, Amy S. Weber's A Girl Like Her seeks to draw attention to the true horror behind the experience of being targeted by a bully.

However, horror movies that focus on the experience of being a young outcast have been part of the lexicon since very early on. Specifically, Stephen King, himself once a child on the periphery, often wrote about how it felt to be different and treated as such. My list for this week features what I consider to be the best horror films about bullying: each represents a very different genre, but they all should be required viewing for teenagers, as they culminate in the same message...

Just don't be a dick. Why is that so hard?

Carrie (1976)

Carrie is one of the first horror films that confronted bullying head-on, and it did so in such a way that you were never any less than fully prepared to see the bullies meet their inevitable doom. Carrie White was an innocent, beautiful young girl targeted by her classmates simply because her mother was the local religious nutjob. But what her tormentors didn't know was that Carrie had powers that made her a less-than-ideal victim. If only every bully believed their potential targets had the power to burn them alive at the prom...

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

Todd Solondz movies are notorious for confronting viewers with the horror of reality, but none of his films have ever meant more to me personally than Welcome to the Dollhouse. If you've ever been an awkward teenager, surrounded by a family that doesn't remotely understand you, and just utterly uncomfortable in your body, then you will identify with Heather Matarazzo's Dawn Wiener. Bullied, ignored, and beaten down, Dawn's struggle will both make you chuckle, and break your heart.

Mean Creek (2004)

Easily the most devastating film on this list, Jacob Aaron Estes's Mean Creek is a glimpse at the real world consequences of bullying, and what happens when violence is met with more violence. When young Sam informs his older brother Rocky that bully George has been targeting him at school, Rocky and his friends devise a plan to get back at George for his behavior. But when their plan goes horribly wrong, are the friends willing to accept the consequences of their actions? Mean Creek is the kind of movie that, even if you only view it once, you will never be able to shake it.

Let the Right One In (2008)

So few films have come out of nowhere and established an enduring legacy the way Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In did. The story of a bullied little boy and his ageless vampire friend made an immediate impression on audiences and became a festival/fan favorite. Of all the memorable scenes in the film, possibly the most unforgettable one features vampire Eli dispatching all of Oskar's bullies once and for all in a glorious blood-soaked massacre. Every 12-year-old should be handed a copy on their birthday to prevent future asshole-y-ness.

Wasted on the Young (2010)

The newest film on the list, Ben Lucas's Wasted on the Young examines was happens at the intersection of extreme privilege and extreme arrogance. When the popular crowd at an elite Australian private school targets a classmate simply for turning down their leader for sex, what follows is an eerily accurate portrayal bullying in the Internet age. The lesson? Trust no one.

Special mentions to Sleepaway Camp, Christine, and Slaughter High: Less serious but just as much about bullying, these three films are necessary additions to any list like this. However... they're just a little more fun.

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