Synopsis: In the aftermath of a mysterious High School 'incident', The school's attorney questions the only witness, a student, in hopes of protecting the school from any lawsuits. But as this student weaves his tale, it becomes clear that there is much more to this story than meets the eye. H8RZ has the intrigue of a crime thriller, while cleverly dealing with issues of H8RZ bullying, school corruption, and the darker side of teen interactions.
94 min


- Commercial fire within city

limits at Archer high school.

Be advised, we have reports

of gunshots at at the scene,

possibly inside the building.

- High school, with fire showing

on the second floor inside

and the roof of the building.

- We have a fire.

- Go, go, go!

- Oh, my god.

- Can you get up?

- I can't feel my legs.

- Line to the main door.

- Here we go, move it, move it!

- I can't believe

I never saw it before.

What I did was wrong.

- Take that line out that way,

over there.

- Gary, you hold line somehow.

- This whole place

is about to blow.

- I didn't think it would end

this way.


- Be advised,

we have an explosion,

possible chemical fire,

second floor, "a" side.

Upgrade to second alarm.

- After what

you've just been through,

you're lucky to be alive.

I'm not so sure you can say the

same about your friend, though.

- Huh?

- I'm sorry.

Uh, if you remember

anything more,

just, uh,

have your foster parents

get ahold of me, okay?

- According to chief Irwin,

it was one of the worst chemical

fires he's seen in many years.

The weather

wasn't cooperating, either,

forcing the firefighters to work

in subzero temperatures.

Lucy Vander,

a substitute teacher,

was also one of the volunteers

helping put out the Blaze.

- It was heartbreaking to see

the school like this, uh,

but I mostly think about

the families

and, uh, their loved ones

at this time.

- The mysterious fire has left

Archer high school shut down

pending an investigation.

- That Tammand girl's suicide

last year, and now this.

I mean, you see these things

happening at other schools.

You just...

You just never imagine it

happening at your own.

Yeah. Yeah.

Yeah, well, we're doing the best

we can under the circumstances.

- Oh, it's right there?

- Thank you.

- Principal Donato?

- Hold on one second.

You shouldn't be here. We'll

be issuing a statement later.

It's the press.

- I'm from Phil Benson's office.

- Teresa,

I'm gonna have to, uh...

I'm gonna have to call you

right back.

Well, uh, where's...

Where's Phil?

- He's tied up with the mayor.

- Who... who are you?

- I'm the associate counsel

under Mr. Benson.

- Really?

What, are you fresh out

of law school?

This is a big deal,

you understand?

- Principal...

- Yes?

- I am here to take care of this,

and I need you to cooperate,


- I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

I shouldn't have said that.

Uh, I'm a little out of sorts

with everything

that's going on here today.

Uh, let me just go get

the files.

- Great, I'll be right here.

- I don't even want to think

about the settlement.

When they're done with us,

Archer's bank account

is gonna make us look like

we're located in the projects.

- Will the parents sue?

- The parents

are out of the picture.

Foster care.

But you better believe

that once this thing leaks,

every ambulance-chasing,

blood-sucking attorney

in the state

is gonna be calling this kid.

No offense.

- I'm here to build a case that

Alex's own poor decision-making

led us to this situation.

As a result, any publicity or

threats of lawsuit will go away.

In here?

- Yeah, yeah.

- Thank you.

- Hello, Alex.

- Is my paperwork done yet?

- Not yet.

- Alex, this is Laura Sedgewick.

She, uh...

She wants to talk to you

about last night.

- I already talked to the police.

- I-I work for the school board.

It, uh, won't be a problem

if we talk here in private

for a little while, will it?

- No, I'll check with

the detective, but, uh...

-there won't be a problem?

- No, no.

The, uh, phone lines are down,

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Derrick Borte

Derrick Stacey Borte (born December 7, 1967) is an American filmmaker known for the dark comedy, The Joneses (2010), which he wrote, directed, and produced. more…

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