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Massacre at Central High (1976)

A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors.


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Complete credited cast:
Derrel Maury ...
Ray Underwood ...
Rodney (as Steve Sikes)
Lani O'Grady ...
Damon Douglas ...
Dennis Kort ...
Cheryl Smith ...
Mary (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Harvey (as Thomas Logan)


David is the new kid at Central High. The only person he knows is Mark, who runs with the local toughs led by Bruce. Mark and David share a bond from years before when David came to Mark's aid when Mark was being beaten by school bullies. David keeps his distance, preferring not to join the "club." He tries to convince the other students not to be pushed around, and intervenes once too often on their behalf. When he directly becomes a victim of Bruce's gang, David orchestrates a plan that causes an attrition problem among the members of the clique. Mark worries for his safety, even though he and David were once friends. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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threesome | bully | murder | revenge | gang | See All (45) »


You'd better get those kids the hell out of there! See more »


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Release Date:

September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackboard Massacre  »

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Did You Know?


The green jeep that Derrel Maury's character drove in the film was actually his vehicle. It was previously owned by his older brother, Chris, and handed down to Derrel who drove it in the film. See more »


When the van is parked atop the hill, above the beach, a huge boom mic is clearly visible above See more »


[Theresa is talking to her boyfriend Mark about his best friend David]
Theresa: He's a good friend of yours, Mark. The best. There's a moment before the accident that we were on the beach, talking and feeling close. We went skinny-dipping. I wanted to make love and I think he did too. But he wouldn't, because of you.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #5 (2014) See more »


Music by Tommy Leonetti
Lyrics by Jill Williams
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Thought-provoking exploitation from the Golden Age
2 May 2001 | by (northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

The title might suggest a cheap hybrid of Carrie and Death Wish, but Massacre at Central High is not your typical drive-in movie. Granted it's filled with violence, blood, and nudity, and the revenge angle is quite powerful, but its examination of high-school politics is the element that really gets your brain working.

We've all experienced it--the Jerk Jock gets transferred to another school, and right away someone fills his position as King of the Cretins. Those at the top of the social structure exercise their ultimately negligible powers in order to make themselves feel bigger and better than everyone else. It is this tradition that Massacre at Central High pierces with a razor-sharp skewer.

Unfortunately, the picture is very hard to find in this age of sickening political correctness. A typical knee-jerk reaction would be to say that films like this glorify school violence--currently a big concern. But, as always, that sort of viewpoint is formulated without really looking at the message of the project. Yes, it's violent. Yes, it deals with a teenager killing other teenagers. But ultimately, what does this accomplish? No matter how many are killed, they're immediately replaced. Violence does not solve the problem. THIS is the point, and it's stated with a subtle brilliance that really hits home.

Of course, this underground classic also benefits from a terrific exploitation cast and an imaginative approach to the material. The scratchy, grainy color cinematography has a low-budget beauty that not everyone can appreciate. The melding of professional and amateurish elements results in a genuinely tense, scary experience...but one with much more to offer than your typical psycho epic.

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