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Teacher Facing Five Years in Prison for Showing Gory Horror Film to Students

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Released in 2012, the anthology film ABCs of Death is comprised of 26 vastly-different short films, each one centering on a death scene that’s tied to the letter of the alphabet each director was given. Gory and at times downright disturbing, it’s not the sort of film that’s for the faint of heart, to say the least.

It’s unclear why she did it, but The Columbus Dispatch reports that a substitute Spanish teacher for the Columbus City Schools for whatever reason showed ABCs of Death to her students in April of 2013, their ages ranging from 14 to 18. The 58-year-old woman, Sheila Kearns, does not speak Spanish, and so she would often show the kids movies to keep them occupied.

After one of the students let the school’s assistant principal know that Kearns was showing them R-rated films, the substitute teacher was promptly fired, and she went on trial yesterday in Common Pleas Court. She faces five felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, which could land her in prison for five years.

According to Kearns, she had her back to the screen at the time the horror film was shown, and she claims she had no idea that the subject matter was so violent. She also insists that she thought the film was in Spanish, indicating that she showed it to the students as some sort of teaching aide.

Ten men and two women will decide Kearns’ fate, the jury tasked with determining whether the impromptu screening fits the definition of obscenity under Ohio law. In addition to the time she could spend in jail, each of the five charges carries a fine of $2,500.

Personally, I’m not sure the punishment fits the crime here, as five years in prison for showing ANYONE a movie of ANY SORT is quite frankly ridiculous. If anything, Kearns is a neglectful dolt who should’ve known better – but it’s hard to call her a criminal, simply for showing kids a horror movie.

Yes, ABCs of Death is indeed loaded with blood, guts, semen and even feces, as the Assistant Prosecutor points out, but at the end of the day it’s only a movie. Most kids aged 14-18 have already been exposed to plenty of fictional violence, so again it’s hard to really say any damage was done to their minds here.

Give her a slap on the wrist and send her packing. Anything more is a bit excessive.

And why the hell would a school appoint a non-Spanish speaking teacher as the substitute for a Spanish class? Serves them right…

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The latest Trailer for ‘Smile’ is Filled With Nightmarish Dread

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The latest trailer for Smile is one that really digs its way under your skin. We had the pleasure of seeing it an early Fantastic Fest screening and the terror in that film is palpable and incredibly intense. It never lets up for a second.

The synopsis for Smile is as follows:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The film stars Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile is in theaters on September 30 with some early showings popping up on September 27. Check local showtimes and don’t miss this one.

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‘Solar Opposites: Halloween Special’ Trailer Takes the Series into the Spooky Season

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Solar Opposites has dropped a trailer for its Halloween Special and it looks like a blast. The Justin Roiland series is a nice change up from the sci-fi antics of Rick and Morty, but still has a lot of the same voices and debauchery. The Halloween episode takes the extraterrestrial family down a path of the macabre and even takes them into hell itself.

The synopsis for Solar Opposites season 3 goes like this:

Co-created by Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”) and Mike McMahan (“Rick & Morty”, “Star Trek: Lower Decks”), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love TV, junk food and fun stuff. In season three, this alien team strives to be less of a team and more of a family team.

Solar Opposites: Halloween Special arrives on Hulu beginning October 3.

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First Trailer For ‘The Last of Us’ is All About Brutal Survival

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The first trailer for The Last of Us has finally arrived and it doesn’t let you down in the least. The hit video game series of the same name has given us some truly brutal survival in a savage post-apocolyptic world.

The fact that Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin is in charge of bringing this brutal world to life is already a sign that we are in the best hands possible. It’s also great to see that the series is taking what existed in the game and just recreating that world and its many beautifully cinematic scenes. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I wish more filmmakers would do the same.

The synopsis for The Last of Us goes like this:

Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us will arrive on HBO Max beginning in 2023.

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