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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 ... 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 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>

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[Theresa is talking to her boyfriend Mark about his best friend David]
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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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Revenge of the self-styled Nerd
27 December 2000 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

This movie was made six or eight years too soon. 1976 was the year that the micro-computer revolution was just getting into swing and it would be a few years before IBM would make Bill Gates a billionaire. So nobody paid much attention to this film. But, it had so much more to offer than the "light-hearted" Revenge of the Nerds films.

We open with a (they didn't have skin heads then) group of Nazi like blonde haired bullies terrorizing the lessor students into "politically correct" thinking ala the burgeoning "family values" <insert twisted cross here> movement. A new kid comes to school and although he has an "in" with the rulers of the hallways, their brutality offends him and he sides with the under dogs. Even using his own physical superiority at fighting to humiliate the gang--and worse steal their women. His friend in the gang is sympathetic, but tries to convince him to join up or get his comeuppance. Our hero gets his comeuppance in spades and now he really gets mad and turns to murder!

After the "Nazis" are eliminated one by one, a power vacuum ensues where there is a mad dash to fill it. We then realize that there is always going to be predator and prey and it just a matter of who is the strongest.

This film is the perfect allegory of High School Life--and Life in general. This is an unheralded masterpiece! It only suffered in production values, which were less than perfect.

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Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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