When I would go to the video stores to rent my weekly fix of horror films I would always judge by the box art. Sure if Fangoria covered the film it went to the top of my list, but this was long before the internet so we would go in and find the coolest covers and rent those films first. One of those was Slaughter High. Great title and a great cover. A Crypt Keeper looking guy in a graduation robe and hat holding a lit apple.
Slaughter High is the story of picked on nerd Marty Rantzen. In the opening he's tricked into going into the girls locker room with the promise of having sex with the hottest girl in school. Of course it's a prank where a group of the popular kids start taking pics of him and stabbing him with a javelin. Yes they take there pranks to another level.
As long as there still in a bullying mood they give Marty a swirly, a few electro shocks and then to easy to tension they even give him a joint, laced with poison. He smokes it before chemisty class and suddenly gets sick. Little does he know he's experiment has been rigged to blow up. No when you combine poisoned pot and an exploding chemical you can see how Marty would get freaked out. So freaked out he smashes into the wall knocking acid all over himself.
We fast forward five years where the group of kids who picked on Marty are arriving at school for there 5 year reunion. Well as the school is abandoned they assume it's a joke but hang out to drink beer and mess around. While there talking it's revealed that Marty actually went totally insane over what happened to him and git locked in the Looney Bin. Unfortunately durring all these fun and games a mysterious figure in a jester mask appears and begins killing everyone. Could this be Marty back for revenge?
Originally cut for an R rating Lionsgate has released this under their Vestron Collection uncut with all the gore intact, and intact it is. Acid burnings, impailings, stabbings, you name it. Very gory, and all old school practical fx. And as it's part of the Vestron Collection line it's loaded with special features.
• Audio Commentary with Co-Writers/ Co-Directors George Dugdale and Peter Litten
• Audio Interview with Composer Harry Manfredini featuring Isolated Music and SFX Selections
• “Going to Pieces” Featurette with Co-Writer and Co-Director Mark Ezra
• “My Days at Doddsville” Featurette with Actress Caroline Munro
• Alternate Title Sequence
• Still Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
• Radio Spots
Slaughter High is a great throw back film to when horror was both bloody yet fun. It's a definite must add to your collection and another must own from the Vestron Collection
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!