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Being inspired by events like Columbine, the writer and director use the film to really dig into the motives and history of the shooter’s past, creating behavior patterns as motives. Much of the blame for Herman’s behavior is placed on his absentee dad, the death of his sister, his pill-popping workaholic absentee mother, and the ease of acquiring a gun as a kid at Walmart. He was also bullied pretty badly and repeatedly, never once standing up for himself. This seemed to be the motivation for him to want to kill his fellow students. Lastly he admits that like all school shooters, he did it for fame to be remembered in history. The only difference is that he didn’t kill himself or die in a shoot-out like the others because he was prepared to face the consequences. His plans were well thought out and nearly perfect, gaining all the information from the internet. Of course his mom is blamed for not monitoring his usage, but as a mom she responds by saying that every parent knows if they stop their kids from doing something, they will find a way to do it anyways, which is a very good point. Herman, the shooter, then gives reasons and answers that seem to make him beyond his age, but still messes up common knowledge and shows that even with everything, he really is just a messed up child.

Robert Galvan
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“A powerful film that should be required viewing for adolescents everywhere. Garrett Backstrom is outstanding as the troubled teen.”

Danny Miller
MSN Movies


“Thoughtful entertainment… Garrett Backstrom is excellent… I was reminded of Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling For Columbine'”.”

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times


“HELLO HERMAN is a powerful and important work, a darkly brilliant tone poem about America’s tango with violence and fame. Herman will get under your skin. He may even follow you home. What is certain is you won’t soon forget him.”

Sam Kashner
Vanity Fair


“A timely and highly important movie…I’ve enjoyed Reedus’ excellent work in TV’s THE WALKING DEAD, but I think he’s even better here.”

Betty Jo Tucker
Reel Talk 

“Pushes a lot of buttons. Surely one of them does something.”

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democratic Review

“HELLO HERMAN is brilliant in making us look deeper inside ourselves… Must see… Brilliant… Powerful… Controversial… Reedus is superb… Garrett Backstrom blew me away… Loved this film!”

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“Daring film HELLO HERMAN cannot be ignored… This intense, thought provoking, and unnerving film will open the floodgates to become more connected.”

Pamela Powell 
Real Honest Reviews

“HELLO HERMAN is the type of movie that Hollywood rarely makes, but should make more often… Powerful film… Garrett Backstrom and Norman Reedus are both brilliant in their roles.”

Joe Comicbook

“Garrett Backstrom does a stellar job… Very powerful… This is a movie with a message, heart and it get point across.”

Justin Williams
Otakus and Geeks

“Surprisingly touching film.. under Michelle Danner’s sensitive direction, a veil is lifted on how evil gets layered into character over time… Deeply moving film appropriate for younger audiences.”

Jesse Kornbluth
Head Butler

“I do applaud Mailer and Danner’s courage to tell a troubling story.”

Karin Crighton
Horror Talk

“Even though the film is set a little in the future, ‘Hello Herman’ couldn’t be timelier… Norman Reedus giving the film its best performance… It’s more concerned with exploring the reasons behind the act… Trying to understand what it is that makes someone like Herman commit such an appalling act is commendable.”

David Appleford
Film and Theatre Reviews

“A very challenging film. One that could not be more current at the moment… Kudos also to Jeff Beals’ jazzy score… The direction is fluid… The depiction of the massacre is chilling, understated and thoroughly convincing… A flashback to Herman’s attraction to one of his fellow students, Marsha (Olivia Faye), which starts out tentatively as a spark of attraction, is the film’s greatest moment, showing the small slights and petty violence both emotional and physical that goes into making a tabloid monster like Herman… This is an interesting, intelligent work.”

Jason Abbey
The Movie Waffler

“…Insightful look on topics people don’t really want to discuss… proves that Norman Reedus isn’t just a kick-ass actor who kicks ass, but is also a serious actor who should be in more dramatic roles like this. “

Robert G

“Michelle Danner’s ‘Hello Herman’ takes a look at the troubled youth of America… the issues of teens in America especially when it comes to bullying and retaliation are a problem that need to be addressed far beyond a film.”

Courtney Hartmann
The Examiner

“This poignant portrait of the abysmal descent of youth unabashedly targets the numerous influences society is quick to point fingers at… but the “in between the lines” message comes across clearly to those watching open mindedly… “What the hell are we doing for these kids?”

Tammie Edenshaw
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