Director: Joseph Kahn. With: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Jonathan Park, Walter Perez. USA 2017. 120 mins.
UK PREMIERE - FrightFest is delighted to welcome back rock video genius Joseph Kahn with his latest game-changing dynamo after the brilliant DETENTION. A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession in this witty and energetic rise-of-the-underdog story, written by Kahn and Toronto rhymer Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist). Featuring a superb cast of pretend and real-life battlers duking it out in a thrilling series of pugilistic verbal bouts, electric performances, countless cultural memes and a hip-hop–heavy soundtrack keep the buzz at a premium.