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?

Review: Slaughter High (1986)

Oh Slaughter High, how I love you.  You copy many of the slasher movies that were ahead of you, but for some reason, you still hold a special place in my horror movie heart and mind.  Yeah, it’s true – you’re pretty awful, but that’s what makes you so endearing and what makes me view you at least once every 10 years (trust me, it’s more than enough).  Ok, for those of you who are not Slaughter High aficionados, let IMDB break down a quick synopsis for you:  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.

*so you wanna grab some breakfast after this?*

Now I could sit here and give you a review spotlighting the acting, directing, or storyline, but who are we kidding?  It’s all pretty much down the toilet like poor Marty’s head up there.  The redeeming qualities of this slasher movie lie in the absurdity of it all.  Granted, there were a lot of bad horror movies and copy cats coming out at that time, but this one held it’s limp head up high and is recognized today (good or bad) because of that.    Continue reading