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there was this little gem.it's a horror spoof,and it worked for me.i found it amusing.there were some great one liners in the film.Scream owes a fair debt to this movie,as does the Scary Movie franchise.you may not laugh yourself into a stupor,but you'll probably chuckle a lot.i'm actually very surprised at the low rating(3.8)this movie has on this site.i would rate it much higher.people complain about the bad acting,but i think that was intentional.for me,i had a good time watching it and wood watch it again.incidentally,it's not a sequel to the 1974 movie Horror High.in fact it has nothing to do with that movie at all.for me,Return to Horror High is a 6/10
If everyone thought "Scream 3" had an interesting plot - a movie set falling prey to the killer resembling the Ghost Face Killer, then why don't you try this interesting horror flick of the 80's. As an avid fan of cult films, that is exactly what this film is. Early appearances by George Clooney and later appearances by "Dr. Ben Casey" Vince Edwards, "Marcia Brady" Maureen McCormick, "Mo Green" himself, Alex Rocco, and that kid from "Alice", Philip McKeon, all star in this film about a killer who returns to the high school where he killed years ago to terrorize a movie crew. The finale is a hell of a surprise.
This movie could serve as a wake-up call to all those who thought "Scream" was oh-so-stunningly-original. Witty lines like "Why does everyone always want to go to a dark basement without even a flashlight?", commenting on the oldest horror cliches, pop up here ten whole years before they became "fashionable". The film does have a very complex structure and adds one bizarre twist after another in the last 30 minutes, and ends up not making a whole lot of sense; in that respect, it reminded me of the funny 1976 whodunit-spoof "Murder By Death". And just like in that film, you'll be better off ignoring the plot and concentrating on the individual moments and scenes. There are some engaging performances (particularly by Lori Lethin and Alex Rocco as the producer - "write them a hopeful, life-affirming scene where they talk about love and children, and make sure it's set in the showers, so they can be naked!"), and in general the film offers much more creativity than you'd normally expect to find in this genre. (**1/2)
Yes, it was a standard cheesy 80s horror movie, but it had some nice touches. The filmmakers ambitiously tried to combine flashbacks with the movie-in-a-movie they were making, which was sometimes confusing, sometimes clever, but definitely worthwhile. You could do a lot worse than this one.
I was pretty angry about the review left by Dangera. He said it was a bad movie and he turned it off after the first 20 minutes. Well, you can't put a final judgment on a movie by the first 20 minutes! I actually watched the WHOLE MOVIE and I thought it was pretty good. I can see why it could be considered cheesy, but it is kinda cheesy in a good way. Also, you need to watch the whole thing because there is a twist ending that is pretty cool. I suggest you give this movie a try. However, an even more under appreciated horror movie is one called "Popcorn". It is really great! Check out my review on that one!
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Distributor: Anchor Bay DVD
Plot: In 1982, Crippen High School was the scene of brutal murders. The killer was never caught. Now a low budget film crew have returned to the school to film the story of what happened 5 years ago. But when the production crew starts dying off one by one, it appears that the crazed maniac is back. Who will survive the massacre? And what will be left of their careers?
Audio/Video: Excellency as always from Anchor Bay.
Extras: Theatrical Trailer (suprisingly this is the only extra feature from Anchor Bay).
Final Thoughts: This is one of the worst slashers in the 80's, but it is not the worst. I would advise everyone to rent before purchasing just so you can see if you like it or not. If only I got that advice before I spent $15.00 on it.
Albeit confusing at times, this movie is definitely worth a watch. The
directing/editting is certainly reminiscent of _Perfect Blue (1997/I)_ (or
more likely the other way around, with Perfect Blue being released a full
decade after Return to Horror High). Either way, you just have to be really
one your toes to make sense of the stories, or be prepared to watch it a few
times. The jokes fly out more than the fake blood does. Often, they come
together. If you can't appreciate this movie for what it is, you just need
to pop a couple of valium pills, and calm down. They way you people write
about this film would make one think that Ed Wood decided to make a
horror-comedy about Waylon Jennings cooking up some raw
This movie kicks twice as much butt when you get it on the double-sided DVD with _Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)_
Most people who have reviewed this movie here don't seem to realize that it was intended to funny - it is a spoof of low budget horror films, and the making of them. It very cleverly plays with several levels of reality: the police investigating the massacre, the film crew shooting the movie and experiencing a 'real life' horror, and the scenes from the movie they are making (which are kind of like flashbacks to the original massacre). If people have trouble following this movie (which I didn't) perhaps it is because they are used to simplistic stories which do not demand anything from the viewer. Writer/critic L.A. Morse (in his book Video Trash and Treasures) says it is "...easily the best satire thus far of a genre sorely in need of an injection of wit, humour and fun". I agree with him.
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A film crew is making a movie at an abandon high school where, 5 years
earlier, a killer killed a bunch of teens who went to the school, the
psycho was never caught & now has returned to kill the filmmakers &
some of the survivors of his last killing spree. This spoof of horror
films while sometimes gross & funny, works & sometimes it doesn't, the
problems are that the film inter-cuts nightmares that some of the
survivors have, flashbacks of what happened five years ago, the
aftermath of the killers latest killing spree on the filmmakers, that
the police are investigating & scenes of what happened before the
filmmakers are killed & horror movie scenes they are making all
together adding to total confusion to the scenes that might be
flashbacks, real, parts of a movie their shooting or nightmares, thus
lessening the fun of what could have been a great horror flick, the
acting wasn't too bad & neither was the directing. The film was okay,
the kills were inventive & gross, the flashback sequences of what
happened 5 years ago were really good, in fact, if those scenes would
have been lifted from a real horror film, there's no doubt in my mind
that it would have been an awesome horror flick! but alas, the title of
this film is a bit misleading, there never was a HORROR HIGH (Well
there was a film named that, but it has nothing to with this film, in
fact the title is just one of the many spoofs that the film has) but
unless you're a horror fan & a horror fan only, that is not to
demanding, you might like it, but it's no masterpiece that's for sure!
I loved this movie.
It made me happy.
The crazy principal alone is worth watching the movie for.
Throw in Marcia Brady rubbing her breasts and one of the cleverest lines in cinema history, "What the f*** is she talking about?", and you have a true masterpiece of badness.
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