The Hatred is a 2017 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Michael G. Kehoe (based on his 2015 short, Hush) and produced by Malek Akkad (Halloween franchise). It stars Sarah Davenport, Andrew Divoff and Darby Walker.
Five young women travel to their college professor’s new country home for a weekend getaway, only to discover that the house has a malevolent past…
The Hatred is released on Blu-ray and DVD by Lionsgate on September 12, 2017.
The Hatred begins well. Andrew Divoff (far removed from his cheesy Wishmaster roles) is chillingly arrogant as Samuel, a Nazi benefactor. Brief but moving scenes of repression, despair and guilt suggest this will be a decent study of angst in general.
Alas, The Hatred soon deposits us back in the reality of horror movie expediency as five attractive young female students (yes, all attractive, so we may as well be in Sorority House Massacre, except they don’t wear skimpy lingerie) show up at the house of evil. Beyond the usual bimbo banter, these young ladies have a surprisingly serious interest in Nazi history. They look up the old amulet found at the start of the film and discover it was originally linked to the “Templar Knights” (amidst a massive amount of information about horrific history that you can casually find on Google, apparently). Meanwhile, the longest “thunder and lightning” storm ever rages on. And on.
Judging by its opening backstory scenes, The Hatred has definite promise. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver on this for most of its running time beyond some ‘climactic’ slamming of doors and fascist messages delivering via a bath plughole (no, really). At the film’s unexciting conclusion, Regan (yes, Regan) helps innocent little girl Irene escape via a “doggy door”. It’s that easy to escape from evil, apparently. The film peters out eventually and we are left to wonder why former Halloween producer Malek Akkad was involved in such an inauspicious outing.
Adrian J Smith, Horrorpedia
“From the solo heroine talking out loud so even a dim audience can follow along to the cliché of watching Night of the Living Dead on TV, everything else on offer slices into rote rough. The upside to The Hatred’s gear getting stuck in a single position down the home stretch is at least a manageable speed is maintained. The downside is that the straightforward speed races right past every opportunity for originality that might add an energetic edge.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“Things are pretty resolutely predictable once the actual scare-a-thon gets its rather belated start, and there are some admittedly nice jump scares that accrue in a couple of moments, but virtually everything about this film is chaotically presented and therefore too almost random seeming to ever generate sustained anxiety.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
“The movie actually starts off promising enough and I much more would have preferred if the entire movie was a period piece, rather than just its first 15 minutes or so. As soon as the movie starts to take place in modern times I started to loose interest in it as well. It became a far too formulaic movie, with uninteresting characters and all of the usual settings and events.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138
Online video review by The Bleeding Critic
Sarah Davenport (Dusk), Andrew Divoff (Demons; Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation; The Wishmaster films), Darby Walker, Gabrielle Bourne, Bayley Corman, Alisha Wainwright, David Naughton (Waking Nightmare; Sharknado 5; An American Werewolf in London), Amanda Wyss (The Id; The Graves; A Nightmare on Elm Street), Shae Smolik, Musetta Vander, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Nina Siemaszko, Andrew Matarazzo, Oksana Chester, Mandy Newton.
The film’s working titles were Alice and Alice: The Hatred.