Alex Wilson writes for Bleeding Cool.
Matthew Spradlin is one of the creative minds behind the hit indie comic Bad Kids Go to Hell as well as the director of its upcoming film adaptation. I spoke recently to Spradlin about his comic and the film, along with the process that went in to changing the comic into a full-length feature.
Spradlin told me that the script for the film was originally written in 2006 but due to the writers strike no studios were taking pitches for films. He decided to instead make a comic book around the film script as a way to promote the movie, get a fanbase behind the project, and create a rough viual design for the final film.
“Our initial thought was that this (the comic book) will give us a better look at what this thing is about,” said Spradlin.
The comic book allowed Spradlin and his fellow creators to finally go to a studio with a much more detailed pitch. They could more easily describe the set or a character when they had already illustrated them for the comic.
I also had a chance to check out the film at a screening during Comic-Con. The concept is simple: six teenagers are locked in a room for a Saturday detention… but little do they know there are sinister things afoot.
The “bad kids” that are locked up are all the kids you hated in high school. The pretentious smart kid, the popular bitch queen, the jock; all the stereotypes of the people in high school who made life hell and you get to see them die.
Judd Nelson’s performance steals the show with the portrayal of “Headmaster Nash,” the straight-laced headmaster of the school and he provides the funniest bits of the movie. Meanwhile, Augie Duke playing Veronica amazes as ‘the Goth punk kid,’ holding séances and talking to the dead.
Bad Kids Go To Hell will be having a small domestic theatrical release with a wider overseas release. Spraldin also told me that he intends to make a sequel to the comic and then another film from that. The second comic will hopefully come out in early 2013 and the film to follow.
You might also check wish to check out one of Spradlin’s new comic projects, The Adventures of a Comic-Con Girl.
Here’s the latest trailer for Bad Kids Go To Hell.