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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.


Rene Daalder (as Renee Daalder)


Rene Daalder (as Renee Daalder)





Complete credited cast:
Derrel Maury ... David
Andrew Stevens ... Mark
Robert Carradine ... Spoony
Kimberly Beck ... Theresa
Ray Underwood ... Bruce
Steve Bond ... Craig
Rex Steven Sikes 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)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One brutal act began the terror! See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Shot in just 4 weeks. See more »


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 »


Rodney: My pa, he doesn't like strangers coming around... says it upsets the chickens.
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Alternate Versions

Realvision released the Italian version on video in the 80s under the title Sexy Jeans. Hardcore footage has been inserted into the film whenever a sex scene takes place. These include: The school classroom rape. The beach scene between Theresa and Mark The naked canyon sequence with Spoony, Jane and Mary See more »


Music by Tommy Leonetti
Lyrics by Jill Williams
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A challenging film
27 July 1999 | by NewbloodSee all my reviews

It took me forever to get a hold of this movie. I looked all over in the city here and couldn't find it anywhere. I was finally able to find it for rent on the internet. I have known about it for a couple of years but gave up trying to find it until I discovered the internet. It was well worth the wait. I wish Hollywood would strive on making more movies as challenging as this one. The film is set in a lavish high school where three tough boys rule over the masses until a new kid comes along and puts them out of commission. What starts out as a critical essay of Karl Marx's conflict theory turns into a parable showing the dangers of anarchy and revolutionary governments. However, there is more to the story than just that but I will let you make your own judgments. While the first part seems routine enough, the second part will have you talking with friends for hours. Derrel Maury brings in an effective turn as the cold and clinical new kid. The rest of the cast are splended as well, including Robert Carradince in an early role who later starred in the "Revenge of the Nerds" movie series. I can't believe that no money hungry producer, production company or major studio has not chosen to re release this little gem of a movie.

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Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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