During Halloween time, I love sitting and watching movies that are truly spooky. It is a bonus if the movie is not just spooky, but it finds a way to touch you like most movies don't. Most scary movies are just that, scary movies. I thought this movie would help ease my mind after I had seen some gory scenes in Gerald's Game. Two teenagers in the picture just made me assume that it was very Disney like.
I started watching and realized, I was going to be useless. I wasn't going to be productive and multitask. I got up, grabbed a drink, and made some popcorn, because I was about to go on a emotional ride. This movie starts off with a group of skater bullies teasing another kid and calling him names. I knew that since this was set up on Halloween that it would be bad. I wasn't prepared for the adventure that one of the bullies and the bullied kid went on throughout the course of the movie. Early in the movie, you realize that with all of the cigarettes and alcohol, something terrible is going to happen. You figure out without being told that Jonah, the bullied boy, may have not survived the bullying.
Corey is obviously torn up by the bullying and his desire to make something better out of his life. When he breaks away from the group, he finds Jonah skating in the skate park and sees him fall and hit his head. He agrees to help him home, but the hostility and tension is real with these two. We find out that these two were best friends as children. Jonah teases Corey with ghost stories and scare tactics during the obligatory guided way home. It turns out, these Halloween ghost stories are not so separated from them.
Jonah and Corey start mending their broken friendship slowly over the evening and they are faced with addressing the thing that tore them apart so many Halloweens ago. While making their way home one Halloween, they ran into two bullies in a tunnel. Jonah was raped and Corey ran away, never to speak to Jonah again. This also started the rumors about Jonah that led to horrendous bullying. When Corey finally realizes, in a very beautiful and mac-cob Dia de los Muertos type ceremony that his friend is actually ready to cross over, he fights to save the life and friendship that he unknowingly led to its demise. They return to a better time when they were boys who played in trees. They were innocent. They hadn't suffered from the pain of the world. Finally Jonah knows he needs to show Corey that it is too late to save him, but one night has saved their broken friendship.
Corey finds Jonah's body in a river where he had broken a bottle of whiskey. He calls his dad and his old friends show up. Everyone realizes what has happened and what the impacts of bullying have been.
I was struck by this movie because it was about bullying and repairing friendships. When you are abandoned by friends after bullying, it is almost impossible to forgive. Everything seems so huge and encompassing when you are looking for a reason to overcome it. In reality, one small hello could have saved a life.