Boys In The Trees
Cast: Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Justin Holborow
Director: Nicholas Verso
Release Date: Film Festival Release Only – Release Dates
Available On Amazon Prime Video and Itunes
It’s Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons for Corey, but his past has some unfinished business.
When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake.
What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and more magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them.
As they walk through their memories and ghosts of the past, Corey is surprised to discover how much he still has in common with his abandoned friend. But just as their friendship appears rekindled, a tragic truth may mean he’s made the discovery all too late.
Once again, an independent horror film has delivered the goods.
2016 was a fantastic year for indie horror, with such films as Hush, The Invitation, Rob Zombies 13, Carnage Park, and Ghosts of Darkness, showing the big production companies such as Blumhouse how it should be done.
The film is another great effort from Australia. In the past, we have been treated to some brilliant films such as 2005’s Wolf Creek, 2009’s The Loved Ones, 2008’s Lake Mungo, and 2014’s The Babadook.
Quite simply the film is brilliant and actually had me in tears.
An aspect that I completely fell in love with, is that it completely reminded me of what life was like back in 1997. Dial-up modems and that awful noise they made, the hair cuts, music, cultural references… Its all there, and is a major trip down memory lane.
A big theme running through this film, is the outright bullying and emotional torture of one boy, and the scenes that feature in the film are brutal, and are hard to watch in places. Sadly, it shows just how far bullying can go when its not put a stop to, both by actions of the bullies, and by the victim.
Character development in this coming of age feature is so well done. You’re introduced to the characters gently at first, and then find yourself immersed in their attitudes towards life and their mannerisms.
The detail that is put into showing how Jonah suffered at the hands of Jango and the skate gang, as said before, is difficult to watch, but is absolutely necessary for the development of Jonahs character and why he is, the way he is.
When Jonah and Corey come together, we learn a lot about Jonah’s character.
We learn that he is dark, mysterious and very cryptic. When they go on their journey together, Jonah isn’t always forthcoming with answers to Corey’s questions. He’s almost like the Ghost of Christmas Past, whereby he wants Corey to figure out what he did wrong, and how he can put it right.
In doing so, he puts Corey through many dark and dangerous scenarios, that both scare and terrify him, but in the end are explained and are all to prove different points.
Corey’s character development shows us how he goes from being an angry teen, with a major attitude problem, to then coming together with Jonah and being taken on this incredible, and at times delightfully dark and terrifying journey through the wrong doings in his life, from his childhood to modern day. Through this, he finds himself answering questions he had and questions that needed answers. The journey helps him change his whole view of the world, the way is acting towards people is wrong.
The music that accompanies this film is nothing short of superb. I’m saying this because i’m of course in love with 90’s rock and grunge music. It took me right back to that time and space of being a teenager.
Although the music is plentiful, its used sensibly, and in scenes where it makes sense.
It wasn’t used in an over the top fashion and just put somewhere in the film for no other reason than its a song that’s popular… like how music is used in Suicide Squad for example…
The bands that feature in the film are The Presidents of the United States of America, Bush, Dinosaur Jr, Gary Numan, Rammstein, Garbage, and loads of other amazing bands…
Its honestly one of the best film soundtracks, I think I’ve ever heard… But of course I am biased, and not everyone will agree with, but i’m very impressed indeed.
Bullying exists in many forms… In school, over the internet, and can even carry on as an adult in the work place, and in many other forms.
With bullying being a big theme in this film, and the terrible things people can be driven to do to themselves as a result… we here at The Scream Source, are completely against bullying, and want to offer any advice and support that we can, to victims of bullying.
If you are seeking confidential and professional assistance to help you overcome issues, whether big or small, these helplines are here for you.
It doesn’t matter if you just want to talk to someone about your day or seek advice on how to deal with a serious problem, they are there to talk to you and help you out whenever you need it.
Below are a list of numbers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- The Samaritans
- Support Line
- NHS Direct
- Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
- Survivors UK – Male Abuse Victims
- Anxiety Alliance
0845 296 7877
- No Panic
0808 808 0545
08456 341 414 (age 18+)
08456 347 650 (under 25)
- Depression Alliance
0845 123 23 20
- Crossline – Christian Helpline
0300 111 0101
- OCD Action
0845 390 62 32
0800 77 66 00
- Suicide Provention Lifeline
- Teen Line
- Domestic Violence / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse
- Runaway switchboard
- Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
- Texas Runaway Hotline
- National Youth Crisis Hotline
- National Alliance for the Mentally ill
- Distress Centre Niagara Ontario
+1 (905) 688 3711
905 734 1212
905 382 0689
- Distress Centre Durham Ontario
+1 (905) 433-1121
- Distress Centres of Toronto Ontario
+1 (416) 408 4357
- Suicide Action Montreal
(514) 723 4000
- Chimo Helpline Inc.
Hotline: Fredericton Area: 450-HELP (4357)
Hotline: Toll free provincial helpline: 1-800-667-5005
- Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canada)
403 327 7905
- Mental Health Helpline
- Kids Help Phone
1800 668 6868
- Suicide and Crisis
- Assaulted Woman’s Hotline Toronto
- Rape Crisis Centre
- Drug & Alcohol Information Line (Canada)
- Mental Health Crisis Line
- Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing
- Alcohol & Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS)
1800 131 350
- Child Abuse / Child Protection Hotline
1800 700 250
- Headspace (12-25 years)
1800 659 388 or 8931 5999
- Kids Helpline (5-25 years)
1800 551 800
- Life Line Australia
Freecall 13 11 14
1300 789 978
- Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (VIC)
03 9853 8089
- Rape Crisis Centre
1800 424 017
- SANE Australia (VIC)
1800 187 263
- Depression Helpline Freephone
0800 111 757
- Lifeline Freephone
0800 543 354
- Samaritans Freephone
0800 726 666
- Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797
- Suicide Crisis Helpline
0508 828 865
- OUTLine NZ
0800 688 5463
0800 376 633, free text 234
- What’s Up (for 5–18 year olds)
0800 942 8787