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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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Rene Daalder (as Renee Daalder)

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Rene Daalder (as Renee Daalder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Damon Douglas ... Paul
Dennis Kort Dennis Kort ... Arthur
Cheryl Smith ... Mary (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Jeffrey Winner ... Oscar
Tom Logan ... 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 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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Thank God you've graduated! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackboard Massacre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Evan See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The incident that bonds the characters of "Mark" and "David" was from the past when they had not yet met but "Mark" was being beaten up by bullies and "David" without thinking jumps in to help him. This is only seen during the opening credits when the teens are fighting in a tunnel and not elsewhere in the film. See more »

Goofs

Sand on Mark's chest is visible in long shots but vanishes in medium shots while he is on the beach talking to Teresa, right after he has argued with Paul. 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 Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #4 (2014) See more »

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Crossroads
Music by Tommy Leonetti
Lyrics by Jill Williams
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Much better then the title implies.
23 December 2003 | by triple8See all my reviews

To hear the name of this implies it is a typical horror/slasher film and it isn't. I loved this movie when my brother, a major film buff, first introduced me to it many years ago. Massacre may have its flaws(admittedly it's not a high budget movie!) but it is surprisingly chilling and would have alot of relevence, were it to be rereleased today.

The film ruthlessly drives home to the viewer what it can be like to be a a highschool student at a school where nobody cares-the lack of any adults in the movie and many scenes of bullying and tormenting bring the point home as did another great movie "Carrie".

However, Massacre takes the premise one, two, three steps further- this isn't "Carrie" as many have said, it's more "Carrie" meets "Lord of the flies". Massacre shows the flaws of all the main characters and lets nobody off the hook. That's all I will say but if your reading this and haven't seen it check it out-it's little known but is good!


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