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Massacre at Central High (1976)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  September 1976 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Derrel Maury ...
David
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Mark
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Spoony
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Theresa
Ray Underwood ...
Bruce
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Craig
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Rodney (as Steve Sikes)
Lani O'Grady ...
Jane
Damon Douglas ...
Paul
Dennis Kort ...
Arthur
Cheryl Smith ...
Mary (as Rainbeaux Smith)
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Oscar
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Harvey (as Thomas Logan)
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Storyline

David is the new kid at Central High. The only person he knows is Mark, who runs with the local toughs led by Craig. 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 Craig and the boys, David orchestrates a plan that causes an attrition problem amongst 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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One brutal act began the terror! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Blackboard Massacre  »

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Trivia

Robert Carradine had difficulty with the line where he refers to Rodney's car as a 'Detroit gas guzzler'. Carradine fumbled the lines so many times that the shot had to be taken more than 20 times. See more »

Goofs

The camera is reflected in the car while David is talking to Rodney. See more »

Quotes

[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 The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) See more »

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Crossroads
Music by Tommy Leonetti
Lyrics by Jill Williams
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A real find
31 July 1999 | by (texas) – See all my reviews

A real find. I remember I first read about it in "The Phantom's Ultimate Movie Guide." The title alone caught my attention as well as the review found in the book. I finally got to see it a year ago and I found it to be very intelligent and suspenseful, not to mention thought provoking. I am still contemplating the message behind the movie and that is what I love best about it. It is not blunt about what it is saying, it leaves it up to you to decide. Though technically a slasher flick, the movie is anything but routine, with plenty of twists to keep your attention. It is basically a parable of political corruption in a high school setting. It presents a high school where there is no authority and I must say that is not too unrealistic, when I got picked on by bullies in high school there seemed to be no teachers around anywhere. It was only in class when I actually saw the teachers or any other adults. The kids who were strongest physically seemed to be in charge of the halls. There were times where I wanted to just try to make a change but I felt it was futile. "Massacre At Central High" deals with such issues, but it also offers an alternative solution and the consequences of it. One of the few slasher flicks to deal effectively with real issues as well the often harsh reality that high school was for some.


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