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Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: ‘Slaughter High’

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Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century is a look back at the weirdest, most memorable, and most off center movies of the 20th century. From head turning horror to oddball science fiction, this column examines the films that will leave a lasting impression for centuries to come.

Slaughter High offers so many pranks and so many questions. Audiences will find themselves inquiring as to how far is too far? Are these kids American or English? Does April Fool’s Day last a full twenty -four hours or a mere twelve? These questions might be answered, but most likely you will remain a befuddled delighted mess after taking part in this week’s strange and fantastic tale. It took a village to write and direct this spirited slasher, but George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, and Peter Litten make it look easy. Bloody hijinks take the lead in 1986’s Slaughter High

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I don’t consider myself a prankster, but I do enjoy a good prank. I’ve been known to leave rubber pythons in odd locations like office file cabinets or make the occasional crank call “¿esta el Sr. Rosado?” If you know, you know. At the end of the day, I’m just not that big on pranks. But I am glad that Slaughter High loves pranks. 

Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: 'Slaughter High'

A gang of popular kids led by Carol (Caroline Munro) lure Marty Rantzen (John Scuddamore) into a locker room where he is tricked into stripping down in the hopes of getting naked with Carol. Sike! The others just wanted to film and humiliate him. Oddly enough, Marty still feels he could’ve scored with Carol had they not interrupted him. Oh well, them’s the breaks of being a nerd in the 80’s. The prankathon continues when the group causes an accident that leads to a Nitric Acid explosion, taking Marty out of commission for the remainder of their time in high school. 

This means vengeance! Marty plans his ingenious revenge ten years later. He invites the popular kids to a high school reunion at their old decrepit school. They think it’s a bit weird they are the only students invited, but they roll with it because they are party animals and they are there to pull pranks on each other and get wasted. Slaughter High is a comedic, with inventive kills, and scenarios. Marty wears a joker’s mask and has somehow rigged the school to attack his former bullies. 

Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century: 'Slaughter High'

Short and to the point, Slaughter High is an all right slasher for your Friday and Saturday night viewing. Pull out your high school yearbook and call a friend over for some pranks and popcorn. Watch Slaughter High, currently streaming on Tubi and Roku. 


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