Hangmans Curse

Theatrical Release: September 12, 2003
DVD Release: April 2, 2004
Hangmans Curse


Roger’s High school is in the grip of a dark and sinister force. Three Bullies lay near death and it’s whispered that they’re the casualties of Abel Frye, a ghost that’s haunted the school since he hanged himself there 10 years before. Scratched into the locker of each victim is the image of a hangman, a symbol which has become a calling card for terror. Suspicions run high as students begin to believe that the outcast “witches” are calling upon the spirit of Abel Frye to retaliate for their daily torment. Is it truly the supernatural, or could it be something even more terrifying? The clues are few and time is running out. The only hope is the Veritas Project, a highly trained investigative team working undercover to expose the truth. Lives hang in the balance as they scramble to unravel the mystery and protect the student body from their own hatred and fear.

Dove Review

This family film has it all: suspense, drama, comedy, a good plot and wonderful writing. I have always loved reading Frank Peretti’s novels and wondered why none have ever made it to the big screen. Well, now the wait is over. Produced by Kelly Neutz, Steven Buhal and Frank Peretti, “Hangman’s Curse” deals with life at Roger’s High school and all the problems that can and do occur. The school has its bullies that steal money from kids, jocks that think they’re tough, and “weirdos” who look and act different than anyone else, and the brainiacs that don’t seem to fit in anywhere. But there are bigger problems. Students are becoming seriously ill. The kids believe that the ghost of a student, Abel Fry, who hung himself in the school ten years prior, is responsible and is seeking revenge on some of the student population. I was captivated by the realistic imagery this film created within the high school setting as it related to the kids interaction with each other. Kids can be so cruel to one another in high school. “Hangman’s Curse” has a lesson for every school kid, teacher and parent in dealing with how we treat others.

Frank Peretti has an amusing part in the film as Professor Algernon Wheeling, a silly scientist that assists in the investigation at the school. The viewer can tell that Peretti is having a great time playing this role and he is fun to watch, bringing comic relief to a pretty intense film. I would love to see more of Peretti’s work brought to the big screen, but “Hangman’s Curse” is a very good start.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: A couple of mild obscene words.
Violence: Boy hangs himself, another boy attempts to hang himself; bullies push other kids around; many athletes get sick and almost die due to mystery “curse;” boys take another kid underneath the bleachers and start to beat him up; girl gets knocked unconscious; girl hits boy with piece of wood; boy gets eggs thrown at him.
Drugs: Kids attempt to purchase drugs.
Nudity: None
Other: Satanic ceremony performed; pentagram is shown; students believe in witchcraft; students treat each other badly; teenage self-image problems addressed.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Kathy Mackel (Can of Worms) and Stan Foster (Tour of Duty). Based on the best-selling book by Frank Peretti
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Producer: Ralph Winter (X-Men 1 and 2, Planet of the Apes), Joe Goodman and Bobby Neutz (Left Behind), and Rich Cowan (The Basket)
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 106 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: David Keith (Daredevil, An Officer and a Gentleman) Mel Harris (Thirtysomething), also appearing, Frank Peretti as Professor Algernon Wheeling
Reviewer: Dave Lukens