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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

before there was Scream,before there was Scary Movie,

6/10
Author: disdressed12 from Canada
21 March 2011

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

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

A pleasant surprise.

7/10
Author: gridoon
28 April 2003

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)

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Not that bad.

Author: jcmcm from Los Angeles, CA
13 December 1999

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.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Return to Horror High

7/10
Author: ricky roche from Canada
18 June 2006

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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.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Underrated Horror Film

Author: AlbertV79 from New York
20 May 2003

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.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

So & So...

Author: Prolox from Canada
2 June 2005

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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!

**1/2 stars

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Marcia Brady says "Quack, quack!"

Author: vljhrh from Texasness
4 January 2003

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Great Movie If you understand it well enough!

Author: (ddevita) from commack, new york
2 April 2002

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After reading how so many peaple dislike this film which I will own on DVD when it gets delivered because I have seen it and own it with commercials from taping it off the t.v. which stinks because it cuts most of it out which is the reason I bought it but Anyways why is this film disliked, yea its a little cheesy but its fun to watch.

SPOILERS!!!!!

You got your killer, spoof ending, and a film that everyone had to believe that evrything was for real until the ending which I have to agree was a little disapointing since it was all a joke except when the real killer was found and killed which was cool. The effects werent that bad either. Its classic to see when a killer uses his hand to grab the person into the room with the lights off in a dark hallway, or when a person gets decapitated with an axe in a shadow like segment because its like watching an old who dunnit? movie. Aside from all that I suggest you watch the film carefully and it will make sense to you like it did to me. Rent it first but if your a die hard horror fan like Iam who loves horror films, especially slasher movies then buy it. LOVE the death scene of that teacher with the nails and scalpel in the dark class room, and nice F/X job on the bodies in the decaying dead classmates in the abandoned basement of the school!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Oh come now, lighten up.

Author: Scott (scawt@linuxmail.org) from Mass. USA
11 January 2004

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 fetuses.

This movie kicks twice as much butt when you get it on the double-sided DVD with _Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)_

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Strange, but good....

Author: riot4kimber from Bel Air, Maryland
1 May 2002

Of course this movie is typically 80's horror/slasher cheese. But it's still a fun film to watch... I didn't think it was that bad!

Things of course could have been better, maybe a MTV Fear style movie, with the kids/or adults on their own, and going through the abandoned school...

I still give this movie 8 1/2 stars out of 10.

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