Substitute, The (remake)
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As far as the acting goes, the cast really outdoes themselves. The kids are great (think Goonies or Stand By Me) and the woman who plays the teacher does a wonderful job of tackling a difficult role. If you do buy this DVD, however, ONLY watch the subtitled version with the original Danish language. The dubbed English actors do their best, but it sounds like a Japanese Anime English dub the entire way through, i.e. the kids are all dubbed by 30-40 year old women and sound nothing like kids. 2 or 3 of the boys sound like they were dubbed by actual teenage boys but 90% of the kids just sound ridiculous, especially the main character boy's young sister and the token know-it-all girl in the classroom.
So anyway, if you like your "horror" light and breezy with hints of dark comedy and a whole lot of sci-fi thrown in, check this one out. Just remember to stay far, far away from the English dubbed version!!!
A silver globe from another world, lands on a poultry farm somewhere in rural Denmark. A flying glowing light escapes from the globe, and after dealing with farmer Jens Peter Hansen, who has come to investigate, enters the mouth of his wife (Paprika Steen) while she is sleeping, and takes over her body. Assuming the name Ulla Harms, the woman somehow is appointed as the substitute teacher to a group of sixth grade students.
Ulla's unorthodox methods immediately make an impression, as she calls her students stupid, and seems to know intimate things about them. Ulla's weird and controversial practice of berating her students, soon has her up for review before a group of parents, kids, and the school's administrator, but when she arrives with the education minister, who provides a glowing testimonial, the parents are won over.
After Carl (Jonas Wandschneider), one of the students, discovers some strange evidence in Ulla's bag, he leads a group of his classmates that includes Phillip (Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok), Albert (Jakob Fals Nygaard), and Rikke (Emma Juel Justesen) over to Ulla's home.Read more ›
THE SUBSTITUTE was directed and co-written by the Ole Bornedal. Bornedal has a unique talent of making surreal films that aren't just entertaining, but are based in reality, have a moral foundation, and deliver social commentary. THE SUBSTITUE captivated my attention from the opening scene when a vortex through space opens and a silver sphere crashes to Earth, smashing into a chicken. That scene is hilarious and that dark humor is used throughout the movie.Read more ›
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For a Danish movie in English really enjoyed it. Had seen it a few years ago on cable in Danish with English subtitles. Read morePublished 18 months ago by karl stowe
I haven't actually seen this film but wasn't this the same premise as a Doctor Who episode "School Reunion"?Published 24 months ago by L Salisbury
The Substitute is a low budget, low quality Sfi-Horror movie that is made for someone about the age of 10 or 11. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by RR in Texas
movies I have seen in along time. I love the actress who played the substitute. The character of the substitute is fantastic. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by K. Harper
Save your money, poor acting, poor plot, spaced out and boring. One of the poorest movie's Ive seen in a long time and that's saying a lot.Published on September 24, 2011 by Robert Akle
I have noticed over these last few years that the Dutch have cranked out some great horror films. I loved "Let the right one in" and it was made into an American version last year. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Shaun G Rodriguez
Something is seriously wrong w/ elementary school sub, Ms. Ulla Harms (Paprika Steen). Aside from being extremely nasty, she also appears to be able to read minds and see through... Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
the whole premise of this movie is nothing new. the director had an alien come to earth take on the form a sixth grade teacher to help her species survive by learning about love. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by s-dubbs
Ghost House movies, this is a good one. Another teacher that is a freak and the parents don't believe the students. Check it out.Published on November 19, 2009 by Electronics Addict