Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Slaughter High (1986, Peter Litten, Mark Ezra)


By the mid to late 1980s the slasher genre had started to run out of ideas. So most of them became about the, well, execution (no pun intended, honestly) of the films themselves. Some meta elements showed up later, however Slaughter High does not have any of that. Nope this is a good old fashioned “Wronged Person Gets Bloody Revenge” movie and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I also thought having it be made in Britain with British actors was neat, just for a good change of pace.

Honestly you watch this sort of movie for the kills, and they are pretty brutal. There are even some good creepy scenes and I liked the abandoned high school building. Especially since it literally was an abandoned building that the filmmakers decided to shoot at. Caroline Munro shows up to give the movie a famous star, yet the rest of the no names aren’t too bad.

Even though Slaughter High doesn’t reinvent the slasher film I still liked it well enough. Not every 1980s horror movie or slasher flick was great, and the genre was a bit mindless. Yet Slaughter High wisely knows it’s limits, doesn’t hang around too long and quits while it is ahead. I can dig a movie like that.

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