While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.
A group of popular students play a cruel prank on a shy nerd resulting in a terrible accident. Years later a reunion is held where each of the students face a stalker killer who may be the same nerd out for revenge.Written by
Writer/directors George Dugdale and Peter Litten said they were both worried that working on the film may have added to Simon Scuddmore's suicidal mental state. Simon's mother, however, told them at the funeral that Simon had been dealing with depression and, actually, one of the main sources of joy he took toward the end was going to work on the film. See more »
When Shirley is burned in the acid bath, her position and facial burns change between shots. First she drowns unconscious from the burns, and has obvious marks on her face from the acid. The next two shots, the others hear her screaming, and then she's struggling to pull herself out of the tub, but her facial burns have disappeared. Next shot, she's suddenly still again; her face, now changed to a waxy state which breaks off like cement; just as the others arrive to find her. Realistically her face should be melting away or peeling off. Next shot, the surviving group enter the bathroom to find the shriveled remains of a skeleton. See more »
"Slaughter High" is, perhaps, the most underrated slasher flick of the 1980s. It is one of the few films in the genre that is enthralling throughout. That being said, it also relies heavily on the standard slasher formula: A group of young men and women get killed one by one gruesomely until the final showdown.
The reason why "Slaughter High" stands above most movies in its genre is that it goes more over-the-top. Marty, the killer, has good reason to hold a grudge against his former classmates. They electrocuted him as he stood naked in a girl's locker room shower, jabbed at his crotch with a javelin, and, to top it off, rigged his science lab experiment so it could disfigure him.
So, the victims in this movie are about as unlikeable as you get. When they reunite years later -- at a high school reunion put on by Marty himself -- you realize they haven't matured all that much. They're a bunch of sociopaths.
It is mind-boggling why they would not wonder why they were the only ones to show up to the reunion, which, by the way, is held at a school that has since fell into disrepair. And who would think it's a good idea to drink beer and liquor found in the abandoned building in a room that happens to have their old lockers -- as well as Marty's -- on display? There are many leaps of faith the viewer needs to take to enjoy this film. The ending makes little or no sense. And the screenwriters have a strange understanding of how April Fool's Day works: The movie claims that pranks are no longer allowed after noon.
In all, the movie is one of the best examples of the slasher genre, despite all of its flaws. It is hard to understand why it hasn't yet found its way to DVD, when so many other run-of-the-mill slasher flicks are graced with special editions.
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