That's a line from "The Skulls," a movie about the (allegedly) sinister Yale society that came out years ago but which also applies to "Down a Dark Hall," based on the young adult novel by Lois Duncan, starring AnnaSophia Robb. Though there is little to no sex, drugs and rock-and-roll in "Down a Dark Hall," (unless you count the meds dispensed to the students nightly), the dangers the five only students face are just as great.
When the film opens, AnnaSophia has just been (credibly) accused of arson at her school, and her mother, stepfather, therapist and principal all decide that it's better that she find another place to continue her studies. The only available choice is Blackwood, a private boarding school somewhere in the pristine countryside of What a Great Place for Supernatural Horror, run by elegant, enigmatic headmistress Uma Thurman. Her parents drop her off a day early, so she can get acclimated to wandering around in a Gothic mansion in darkness lit only by candles and dim lights. When the other four girls arrive, Uma majestically informs them that although they are considered hopeless elsewhere, here they will have a chance to shine. A speech that any head of school might make - except as it turns out, Uma has something far more drastic in mind than simply shaping young minds and hearts into future leaders of society.
Because Blackwood is heavy on the fine arts, AnnaSophia resumes her long-abandoned piano lessons with a handsome young tutor (Noah Silver), who is prone to gushing about Mozart and other geniuses who produced amazing music but died oh so young. At first she is hopeless, but amazingly soon begins to acquire a knack - to the point where she starts composing sonatas. Her other classmates develop equally impressive talent in mathematics, painting and poetry, although one does not. Due to the fact that the girls also experience creepy noises, sounds and sights at night, AnnaSophia discovers that the one thing they all have in common - apart from heading down the road to delinquency - is - wait for it - psychic ability! Yes, they are being used by Uma, and their "destinies" may not be all they're hyped up to be, meaning that escape is necessary for their survival.
A lot of the drama takes place in near darkness, making it hard to pinpoint just what horrors are unfolding at the moment, but "Down the Dark Hall" is a decent enough present day adaptation. Though in the book, the girls did not have a history of being antisocial, here they are as just as much risk. A good movie to curl up with on a stormy Halloween night.