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September 1976 (USA) See more »
One brutal act began the terror! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Derrel Maury ... David

Andrew Stevens ... Mark

Robert Carradine ... Spoony

Kimberly Beck ... Theresa
Ray Underwood ... Bruce

Steve Bond ... Craig

Rex Steven Sikes ... Rodney (as Steve Sikes)
Lani O'Grady ... Jane
Damon Douglas ... Paul
Dennis Kort ... Arthur
Cheryl Smith ... Mary (as Rainbeaux Smith)

Jeffrey Winner ... Oscar

Tom Logan ... Harvey (as Thomas Logan)

Directed by
Rene Daalder  (as Renee Daalder)
Writing credits
Rene Daalder (written by) (as Renee Daalder)

Produced by
Jerome Bauman .... executive producer
Harold Sobel .... producer
Original Music by
Tommy Leonetti 
Cinematography by
Bertram van Munster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Art Direction by
Russell Tune 
Makeup Department
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (as Peter Deyell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Kahler .... first assistant director
Eugene Mazzola .... assistant director
Art Department
Keith Michl .... property master
Sound Department
Derrell Craig .... sound mixer
Gerald B. Wolfe .... boom operator (as Jerry Wolfe)
Marc Cerutti .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cameron Hamza .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Ken Speed .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunt woman (as Pattie Elder)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas Huff)
Danny Rogers .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Dunn .... key grip (as Jim Dunne)
Bruce Kaye .... second assistant camera
Leslie Otis .... first assistant camera
Hal Trussell .... best boy (as Hal Trussel)
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (as Jerry Wolfe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrianne Levesque .... wardrobe (as Adrianna Levesque)
Editorial Department
J. Larry Carroll .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tommy Leonetti .... conductor
Tommy Leonetti .... music arranger
Nicholas C. Washington .... music editor (as Nick Washington)
Other crew
Foster K. Denker .... technical advisor (as Foster Denker)
J. Daniel Dusek .... production assistant (as Dan Dusek)
Ron Joy .... production consultant
Alberta Kennedy .... production secretary
Leslie Libman .... production assistant
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Jack David Walker .... production assistant (as Jack Walker)

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87 min
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"David's Theme", director Rene Daalder's choice for film theme, was a jazzy New Wave sound. Derrel Maury thought it was sensational and was like you were feeling what was in David's soul through that music and was frustrated when it wasn't used.See more »
Boom mic visible: When the van is parked atop the hill, above the beach, a huge boom mic is clearly visible aboveSee more »
Paul:What are YOU gonna do, sit there and die?See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Buy ONE seventies exploitation movie........get a cautionary fable FREE!, 9 October 2004
Author: lee nicholson (dolemite72) from middlesbrough, UK

At a first glance, MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH sounds like (as is packaged like) a cheesy 70's 'slasher' flick. And although, it contains several 'inventive' death sequences, a much darker subtext is at work here. Reason and logic are thrown out of the window from the first act, and the movie soon becomes a morality tale on the 'cycle-of-violence'. Teenage athlete (mark) comes to a new high school, doesn't want to fit in with the local bullies (despite their pleads for him to join) but when mark confronts these bullies, and sides with the down-trodden, the bullies cripple him. Now, twisted and bitter, mark plans brutal revenge on his tormentors, but these 'acts of revenge' are only the beginning .

A lot of the set-ups and plot devices are unrealistic, to the point of the movie bordering on the sci-fi/fantasy genre. But the plot (and the social message that comes with it) soon meld with the way-out 70's performances, and create a dreamlike quality. The police are never seen (until right at the end, despite several previous 'violent' murders) and any adult supervision (in the form of teachers) are glimpsed briefly (once again) in the explosive final act. Performance wise, the acting is competent enough (the 'message' is the star, here) and the (despite what others have said) haunting theme tune (crossroads of your life) work well to back up a great cult movie. Should be shown in all schools/high schools and universities, as a cautionary tale on fascism begetting fascism, from a time when movies (however low-budget) would still take risks, over box-office and CGI.

Fine movie is well worth a solid ten out of ten.

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