Dismissed is an intense horror thriller out on Netflix now. Starring an incredibly dark and impressive Dylan Sprouse in a role, he could easily make a trademark character out of.

Dylan Sprouse is the perfect star of Dismissed, and you should absolutely check it out on Netflix now! It definitely isn’t a movie without issues, but most can be forgiven. After all, the more annoying plot twists are clearly there to help make the story even darker.

We’re not exactly the kind of people who will complain about elements that make a story more horror-filled. However, it is annoying when the more stereotypical plot twists come along.

Basically, Dismissed is dark and twisted enough without the added horror. Dylan Sprouse portrays a character so warped and jaded that simply looking at his face is all the horror you could dream of.

Dylan Sprouse as a horror icon

Dismissed works almost entirely because Dylan Sprouse is so intense in his portrayal of Lucas Ward. With just a split second he can change from a charming smile to a psychotic one. His eyes remain pretty much dead through all the motions and it is perfect.

Dylan Sprouse can be a real charmer, but damn, how I hope he will go down the horror rabbit hole. He could easily portray iconic characters in horror movies for the rest of his career, if he wished.

For the record, the rest of the cast works absolutely beautifully as well. But you get sucked in by the madness of Sprouse’s character. He is so easy to read and yet, it is very easy to see how he can fool everyone.

Also, Chris Bauer (True Blood) is absolutely perfect in his portrayal of Lucas’ father. Not an easy character to play, but one I really wish we had seen more of. Still, sometimes less is more and what we got was spot-on.

Dismissed Netflix Thriller Review

The art of restraint

Sometimes, you watch a movie and you really wish the story could end. Basically, you want them to quit while they’re ahead, but you know they won’t.

Everything is awful and the bad guy looks like he’s winning, but you know the filmmakers need to take it just that one step too far. Unfortunately, this is the downfall of Dismissed as well.

It’s not terrible, but it does make for a lesser movie than what might have been.

Dismissed has so much going for it, but the lead character just can’t stop himself. The actual lead character is the teacher, Mr. Butler, played by Kent Osborne. He doesn’t want to give in to Lucas Ward’s demands and is punished in quite a few ways.

If the movie had ended just 5-10 minutes earlier it would simply have been a stronger story for me. But hey, to each their own.

Dismissed is worth your time

Brian McAuley wrote the script for Dismissed and he’s no stranger to the world of horror. Well, even though he did also write an episode of Fuller House. But anyway, he also wrote part of the horror anthology Patient Seven so he’s onboard with the horror crazies.

As a whole, I really liked the story, so hopefully, we’ll get plenty more from his horror mind in the future. Or even thrillers, since Dismissed is more thriller than horror, but certainly has elements of both.

Benjamin Arfmann directed Dismissed and this marks his feature film debut. He’s done short films and TV-series in the past, but this is his first feature film. As such, I would certainly be happy with the result if I were him. Especially the fact that the movie did have a pretty tight runtime.

Dismissed is available on Netflix in several countries now!


Director: Benjamin Arfmann
Writer: Brian McAuley
Cast: Dylan Sprouse, Randall Park, Chris Bauer, Brooke Dillman, Rae Gray


An idealistic, straight-edge teacher is drawn down a horrid rabbit hole by an honors student when he gives him a B+ on a paper.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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