Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
George Dugdale, Mark Ezra & Pete Litten
What's it about
Eight different people are invited to their 10-year high school reunion at their now-closed down high school where a former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong is there to seek revenge.
Is it good movie?
When I was a young lad who used to like to tempt fate, I'd walk by the
horror section of my local video store and dare to stare at the cover
boxes of movies I would never DARE to watch. A few stick out in my mind
as being pretty terrifying, and Slaughter High's was one of them. A
skeleton, dressed up in a mortarboard and holding an apple!? GET OUT OF
So I'll admit, I was pleased as punch to get to review Slaughter High,
now that I'm a jaded and cynical horror f*ck who has since destroyed
the thrill of scary box art.
This movie sucks out loud, it sucks sucks sucks. And I loved every
second of it. I am a guy who loves him some cheesy, cash-in 80s horror
garbage and this was right up my alley. It's not an easy thing to
endure- you're going to find it a pretty head-smacking journey but
dammit, it's fun! It's very, very stupid though, look out.
Mary is the lame nerd who gets absolutely ravaged by mean high school
jerks and suffers a bottle of nitric acid to his face (after smoking a
laced joint!) on his birthday, which coincidentally falls on April
Fool's Day. Of course, this all happens after being seduced by the high
school queen bee who leaves him hanging.
In the near future, these jerks get invited to a high school reunion
where Marty himself is the head figure in a stupid jester mask and
silly looking gardening gloves. Of course, these idiots don't know that
he's behind it and they start getting wiped out one by one.
There isn't much more for me to say. This is a by-the-numbers slasher
flick that is borderline asinine and completely hilarious at this
point. It suffers from "why are these actors all 30 years old when
they're supposed to be teenagers" syndrome, stuck in a terrifying old
mansion that serves as the school (weird. I know).
How can you hate a movie that has acid in bathtubs, beer that will make
your chest explode, electric beds, javelins and hilariously bad sex
scenes? Sure, it's weird that only the cool jerks were invited to a
high school reunion. Yeah, it's a little strange that the school has
become a decrepit haunted house. You might even notice it strange that
the school janitor is still employed for some reason.
Point is, if you're looking for stupid, sexist, poorly acted,
hilariously scored fun, Slaughter High will be right up your alley. It
sucks out loud but as a movie to watch with a crew over some beers
and/or your substance of choice, it'll fit the bill just fine.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.33:1 Widescreen and looks gloriously awful. You won't use this disc to show off to your friends.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and sounds as good as it could.
There are two commentary
tracks here, one by Mark Ezra
moderated by “Teenage Wasteland” author J. A. Kerswell and
another by Caroline Munro (our 40
year old "teen heroine"), “DVD World” editor Allan Bryce and author and
critic Calum Waddell. I won't lie, I couldn't really get through
both tracks in their entirety. It's not that they aren't informative
but especially the Munro track, it's mostly just an interview rather
than running commentary. She seems very friendly, though.
Jesters And Jolts is an
interview with Mark Ezra and it runs about 10 minutes long. Pretty
standard stuff, how the film came about, and how it got created. He's
fairly honest and provides some decent insight into the rushed
silliness of this production. It's funny to hear him ripping on the
original ending and director of photography.
Lamb To The Slaughter: The Scream
Queen Career Of Caroline Munro is a really cool little
retrospective look at the career of Caroline Munro, who's been in a lot
of stuff like Dr. Phibes, Kronos, Dracula AD 1972 and more. She's a
really nice lady and talks about her love of the genre and how's it
boosted her career. This is the best feature of the disc without
question, and runs about 25 minutes.
Finally, a trailer.
This movie is pure 80s trash and should be approached as such. It doesn't stand out as being very memorable, is poorly acted and has despicable, too-old characters. With that said, I loved it and it was given a loving treatment from Arrow Video. Recommended.