The Other April Fool’s Day Movie: ‘Slaughter High’ (1986)

Shit!  April Fool’s Day is almost over and I forgot to talk about my favorite April Fool’s Day  themed movie!  This might shock you, but the movie is not…….April Fool’s Day.  Oh, I enjoy that movie and Biff from Back To The Future is in it and all – but my favorite movie based on April 1st is……..Slaughter High!  Which was actually called April Fool’s Day when it was filmed.  This is all very confusing.  Let’s watch the original trailer!

What the hell is up with that voiceover guy?  Is this a horror movie or a wacky 80’s teen sex romp?  Nevertheless, that theme music is the shit – and bad voiceover guy aside, Slaughter High is a pretty underrated 80’s slasher movie in my opinion.

It has the classic ‘kid gets bullied and comes back to kill all of his tormentors‘ storyline, some great death scenes (gut-buster anyone?), and a villain that actually could have spawned some sequels had the actor who portrayed him not passed away after the film was shot.  Well that was a downer.  Ummmmm……how about that theme music?!?!?  The lesson in all of this (other than a voiceover guy can use too many bad puns), is to remember Slaughter High when you think of another April Fool’s Day themed movie to watch on April 1st.  Did I mention that theme music btw?

On Second Thought: I Regret Never Renting ‘Slaughterhouse Rock’ (1988)

Growing up, I pretty much lived at the video store.  Mind you, this is when VHS rentals were all the rage and I was raging like a motherfucker.  I would rent five, sometimes even ten horror movies at a time and just binge watch.  There were always some movies that slipped through the cracks though and I never bothered to rent them.  1988’s Slaughterhouse Rock was one of those:

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Wait.  It had a killer soundtrack by Devo?!?!  Goddammit.  I think what always threw me off about this movie was the title.  I wasn’t much into showtunes back then and still am really not today, so the name Slaughterhouse Rock made me think that there was going to be a lot of fingersnapping and dancing going on for some reason.  Perhaps I was hasty with my decision, especially after finding out this clip below on Youtube that I’m assuming is a part at the end of the movie that decided to include a compilation of some of the awesomeness that occurred earlier.  Or maybe it was foreshadowing which wouldn’t make much sense, because then you would already see things that were going to happen and that would ruin the surprise, you know?  Oh who cares – just watch the clip:

I know what you’re thinking.  That woman who was doing the resurrection of the soul dance looks awfully familiar.  Come to find out that it’s none other than Toni Basil!  Who the hell is Toni Basil, you ask?  Oh, she only had one of the biggest songs from the 80’s called “Mickey”, that’s all.  Apparently he was so fine that he blew her mind.  But anyway, she’s in Slaughterhouse Rock and Devo has a killer soundtrack on it.  That’s full blown 80’s overload if you ask me and more than enough to make me hunt this down and watch it.  No DVD/Blu-ray version exists, but there is a full Youtube version up online if you’re like me and want to bust your virgin Slaughterhouse Rock cherry.