Looking for your next movie night watch? Then, School’s Out Forever may just be one to add to the top of your list.
A new teen comedy is set for digital release next month and it’s definitely one to get your teeth stuck into if you’re into all things action-packed and a little dark comedy.
The movie – based on the book School’s Out in the trilogy penned by Scott K. Andrews – has dropped a first look trailer ahead of its release and it seems rather apt, given current events.
It follows 15-year-old Lee Keegan (played by Oscar Kennedy) who is expelled from his private school only to find an apocalyptic event has wiped out most of the world’s population.
There’s talk of shutting borders and the country going into quarantine – sound all too familiar? – and Lee, whose father is dead and his mother is trapped overseas – is instructed to head back to school and wait it out there.
Lee is seen stocking up on supplies and bunkering on down in his dorms, but the students find themselves on their very own survival mission when the school comes under siege by the local parish council who have formed a militia.
The Inbetweeners’ Alex Macqueen stars as Mr Bates (Picture: Rebellion Developments)
The students are on a survival mission (Picture: Rebellion Developments)
There’s no denying that the events of the film are all a little too close to home given lockdown and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but there’s plenty of light relief thrown in there too, thanks to Alex Macqueen, who stars as Mr Bates – Lee’s teacher who doesn’t quite seem to be the calm in all the chaos, like you’d expect.
Fans will recognise Macqueen from The Inbetweeners, where he played Neil’s dad.
Other castmembers include Sebastian Croft (who played a young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones), Gordon Alexander, Liam Lau Fernandez and Freya Parks.
School’s Out Forever has been described as a cross-over between Shaun of the Dead, Lord of the Flies and St Trinian’s.
It was originally filmed in 2019, prior to Covid-19, and went into post-production in early 2020.
Although, it sounds like the movie has been a long time in the making, as director Oliver Milburn has revealed the script, which he penned, spent nearly a decade in development before the film was produced.
School’s Out Forever will be released on digital on February 15 and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 12.