Hello Herman

Synopsis: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, famous journalist Lax Morales, sending him clips of the shootings captured with Herman's own digital camera. In the clips Herman tells Lax, "I want to tell my story on your show". Lax, haunted by his own past, is now face to face with Herman. The movie explores why and how a massacre like this can happen in our society, desensitizing in America, youth violence and bullying, the impact the media has on our individual quest for fame, and ultimately our need for connection.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michelle Danner
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Fight, Mustangs! Let's fight!

Come on, crowd! Red!

Fight, Mustangs! Let's fight!

Come on, crowd! Red!

Fight, Mustangs! Let's fight!

Come on, crowd! Red!

Fight, Mustangs!

Let's fight! Yeah!

Hey, Michael.

Spare some change?


I'm the one asking the

questions now, f*** face!

This was Michael Ray?

Yeah, Michael Ray.

Not fast enough.

What went through your mind

as you pulled the trigger?

I thought there'd be more blood.

Streaming live, it's time to

"Check Your Morals At The Door",

'cause it's the

"Lax Morales show. "

The question I've been hearing is

what the hell are we

gonna do with these kids?

We've given you a fast-food,

downsized, techno-driven world,

and it's cold and you can't

make any sense of it.

So, kids, let's take some calls.

- Hi. What's your name?

- Hi. My name's Sandy.

I just caught my best friend

sexting my boyfriend.

Well, that blows.

Isa, what are you hearing?

Do we have a new body count?

39 students, 2 teachers,

and a police officer

were shot today before Herman Howards

was apprehended at 12:40 P.M.

What do you remember

of the shooting?

Just shooting.

There wasn't anyone around.

All of the doors were locked.

Everyone was just running

from inside, trying to get out.

I tried dialing my phone,

but my hands were shaking

so bad, I just couldn't.

I'm with the vice

principal of the school.

And I'd like to ask you, do you

have any message for the parents?

Yes, uh, we're working

as fast as we possibly can

to get you back together

with your children.

This morning,

when I dropped him off at school,

we were talking about

my mom's birthday dinner,

and he was gonna help plan it.

But not anymore.

Did you think that something

like Herman Howards was possible?

I just thought he was mad,

real angry at something,

but I didn't know he was gonna

shoot the whole school up.

Please let me through.

Mrs. Howards, do you have any idea why

Herman might do something like this?

Herman is a happy, healthy

teenager with a promising future.

I don't know what's

wrong with his mother,

but it's got to be something

for her not to see the signs.

Mrs. Howards, your son was just

arrested for shooting over 40 people.

- No. Let me go inside.

I don't know. Some people

are just angry. That's the way it is.

Yeah, I talked to him.

I mean, the kid was

pretty much all f***ed up.

How did he get the guns?

Did your husband

keep guns in the home?

I'm divorced.

How did your son

get the pipe bombs?

I can't understand why

he would do such a thing.

Mrs. Howards!

One more statement!

Republican senator Joan Cox

issued this statement to

the press this morning.

Herman Howards is not

a common criminal.

He is a terrorist.

He's a troubled child in desperate

need of psychiatric treatment.

You know, I think there are

reasons for these type of actions,

and we need to

figure out those reasons

to make sure that these kind of

tragedies don't happen again.

He is a monster and he should

be treated as one.

Thank you all very much.

God bless America.

There remains no clear

motive for these killings.


You're watching "Chet chat".

We'll be right back.

Yeah, you're the one

that's disturbing, dude.

Yeah, you know it.

Ha! Nice.

I want to tell my story

on your show.

Police! Put your weapon down!

The responding deputies

arrived on the scene

and could hear shots still

being fired within the school.

Those deputies also reported

explosions inside the building.

There are many fatalities.

He shot a girl. There were bombs

and shotguns going off.

And then he asked if

we all wanted to die.

People started

running and screaming.

- I'm sure that everyone...

- It's terrible, isn't it?

If you could sign here

for me, please, sir.

Thomas Joseph King!

You bump into that

man one more time...

This is Isa Luz reporting live

from West Broome High School.

Why don't you take a seat over there.

Your car will be ready in a moment.


Just wait till we get home.

You're gonna be sorry

I ever gave birth to you.

Mama! Mama!

You're gonna go and save

the world all by yourself, huh?

I guess... or I could

sell out, like Chet.

You're so bad.

You know, you're lucky

you got such a hot girlfriend.

That's definitely a bonus.

Lax, this story is important.

It can put you in the game.

You're gonna come back

to me in one piece.

I promise.

Your car, sir.

Thank you.

Did you know Herman?

Yes, actually, he was

in our science class.

- But he was so, like, weird.

- He never really talked.

He was always quiet and stuff.

I don't really remember him,

but I do remember he was weird.

Hi, Mr. Morales.

I got your call.

Uh, let me show you where some

of the students are, okay?

Um, just give me a second?

It seems like something like

Herman was...

He was very stoic and

he just... he never reacted.

Can I talk to you for a minute?

- I'm sorry. You were saying?

- Uh, yeah.

Well, no, I never pictured

Herman doing this.

Herman was always alone.

Yeah, at lunch,

he would always sit alone.

Do you remember

anyone picking on him?


Hello, Herman.

Uh, should we begin?

Is everything all right?

You do want to be

on the show, right?

Why did you bash that black kid

with a bat back in Georgia?

Where did you hear that?

Why don't we start by

you saying your name, hm?

This freak, Howards...

He sent clips of the massacre

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John Buffalo Mailer

John Buffalo Mailer (born April 16, 1978) is an American author, playwright, actor, producer, and journalist. more…

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