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''Hangman's Curse'' is a 2003 adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name by Creator/FrankPeretti.

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''Hangman's Curse'' is a 2003 adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name by Creator/FrankPeretti.
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''Hangman's Curse'' is a 2003 adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name by Creator/FrankPeretti. At Rogers High School, two football players have been sidelined by vivid hallucinations of Abel Frye, a former student of the school who is rumored to have killed a popular girl in the school before hanging himself. After a third player starts hallucinating, the Springfield family gets brought in to investigate under the aegis of the Veritas Project. Nate Springfield, the patriarch of the family, masquerades as a janitor while Elijah and Elisha pose as students and Sarah, their mother, handles the science end of things.

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''Hangman's Curse'' is a 2003 adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name by Creator/FrankPeretti.

At Rogers High School, two football players have been sidelined by vivid hallucinations of Abel Frye, a former student of the school who is rumored to have killed a popular girl in the school before hanging himself. After a third player starts hallucinating, the Springfield family gets brought in to investigate under the aegis of the Veritas Project. Nate Springfield, the patriarch of the family, masquerades as a janitor while Elijah and Elisha pose as students and Sarah, their mother, handles the science end of things.

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* HybridPower: [[spoiler:The hybrid spiders have the size of the wolf spider and the deadly venom of the brown recluse, and breed extremely rapidly]].


* DescendedCreator: Frank Peretti plays Dr. Algernon Wheeling, a scientist who helps analyze the samples and [[spoiler:develop an antivenin for the spiders]].


* AttemptedSucide: When a series of somewhat contrived events result in Ian standing before a crowd of students with a noose around his neck, he decides to step off. His attempt is foiled by several people rushing in to hold him up and prevent him from choking.



* CreatorCameo: Frank Peretti plays Dr. Algernon Wheeling, a scientist who helps analyze the samples and [[spoiler:develop an antivenin for the spiders]].

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* CreatorCameo: DescendedCreator: Frank Peretti plays Dr. Algernon Wheeling, a scientist who helps analyze the samples and [[spoiler:develop an antivenin for the spiders]].


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* HappilyFailedSuicide: When a series of somewhat contrived events result in Ian standing before a crowd of students with a noose around his neck, he decides to step off. His attempt is foiled by several people rushing in to hold him up and prevent him from choking. He later realizes just how much he stood to lose had he succeeded.


** And, of course, [[spoiler:all of the spiders are actually played by harmless species such as the Chilean rose tarantula]].


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* TerrifyingPetStoreRat: [[spoiler: All of the spiders are actually played by harmless species such as the Chilean rose tarantula]].

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* AttemptedSucide: When a series of somewhat contrived events result in Ian standing before a crowd of students with a noose around his neck, he decides to step off. His attempt is foiled by several people rushing in to hold him up and prevent him from choking.

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''Hangman's Curse'' is a 2003 adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name by Creator/FrankPeretti. At Rogers High School, two football players have been sidelined by vivid hallucinations of Abel Frye, a former student of the school who is rumored to have killed a popular girl in the school before hanging himself. After a third player starts hallucinating, the Springfield family gets brought in to investigate under the aegis of the Veritas Project. Nate Springfield, the patriarch of the family, masquerades as a janitor while Elijah and Elisha pose as students and Sarah, their mother, handles the science end of things.

Elijah and Elisha quickly find that a group of goths, led by Ian and Crystal, seem to know more than they let on, and may actually be choosing the targets for Frye. Things get complicated as Elisha starts to fall for Blake, one of the few jocks who haven't fallen prey to the curse.

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!!This film exhibits the following tropes:

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Primarily regarding [[spoiler:Arachnology]]:
** Yes, [[spoiler:[[http://kenyanspiders.blogspot.com/2012/10/wolf-spiders-family-lycosidae.html Kenyan wolf spiders]] do]] exist. However, their venom is harmless to humans and [[spoiler:African spotted wolf spiders]] [[https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/african-spotted-wolf-spider-real-6a7fb98ad61e0b52 don't exist]].
** Yes, there are [[spoiler:spider hybrids]]. However, they seldom occur between two such different species.
** Related to the prior point, [[spoiler:larger spiders typically have weaker venom, not stronger]].
** And, of course, [[spoiler:all of the spiders are actually played by harmless species such as the Chilean rose tarantula]].
* AssholeVictim: The jocks and [[spoiler:their coach]] are seen either bullying, or enabling bullying, the goths.
* TheBully: All of the jocks are shown to be bullies, pushing kids into walls, extorting money, and calling them names.
* CreatorCameo: Frank Peretti plays Dr. Algernon Wheeling, a scientist who helps analyze the samples and [[spoiler:develop an antivenin for the spiders]].
* FairPlayWhodunnit: There are several clues as to the identity of the killer
** Early in the film, we are introduced to [[spoiler:a student familiar with African species]].
** There is a photograph in the film of Abel Frye, showing [[spoiler:a younger boy associating with him]].
** Once the clue of the dollar bill is introduced, [[spoiler:one can see which character is planting them]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Blake starts out as bad as the jocks, but his attempts to impress Elisha lead to him turning a new leaf.
* JerkJock: All of the jocks are bullies. Blake starts to get better as the film continues.
* SpidersAreScary: One of the reasons Norman is unpopular is because he's fascinated by spiders and snakes.
** Later in the film, [[spoiler:[[SpiderSwarm the school is overrun]] by giant venomous hybrid spiders that Norman bred]].
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