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Apt Pupil

In the hands of Director, Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects), Apt Pupil is a brilliant work in terror.

Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) is a student who discovers Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen), a neighbor who is a Nazi who ran concentration camps in World War II.

The student begins to squeeze the old man into teaching him what the terrors of mass killing were like.  But after a pigeon is crushed and a cat is incinerated the screw turns and the old man takes charge.

Like walking on needles and pins, the tension never subsides.  The psychological violence and horror from the two dangerously flawed characters explodes at the climax.

This is a very frightening and scary film.

It is rated R for violence.

Apt Pupil
A Top Ten pick for 1998

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