Hangman's Curse ★★ The Veritas Project: Hangman's Curse 2003 (PG-13)
It's the jocks vs. the Goths in a high school where the jocks are suddenly stricken with a deadly disease. No one's sure whether the deaths are caused by the ghost of a bullied student, drugs, or witchcraft, so an undercover family of occult investigators is brought in to solve the mystery. Convoluted plot with a predictable ending doesn't work as horror, because it's not all that scary, and the mystery elements don't hold up. Christians looking for a “family values thriller” might like it, though. 106m/C VHS, DVD . David Keith, Mel Harris, Edwin Hodge, William R. Moses, Leighton Meester, Douglas Smith, Bobby Brewer, Daniel Farber, Andrea Morris, Frank Peretti, George Humphreys; W: Kathy Mackel, Stan Foster.