Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Today from my new batch of used dvds, I’ve got Slaughter High.
IMDb: Slaughter High (14 November 1986)
Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge.
I’m starting into another collection today. It’s an eight movie pack and all of them are in 4:3 aspect ratio which is fitting for these type of movies. I don’t need to see Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College in wide screen to get the artist’s intent. I am going to watch the shit out of it though. This is how you would experience the movie on vhs which was the driving force behind most of the ’80s to ’90s output. On to Slaughter High. This is the uncut version. I didn’t need the packaging to tell me that directly. I could have figured it out based on how long we see Marty’s dick. This is one of the most prank centered slasher I’ve seen with three right at the beginning. It’s all little too much in fact. The shower prank seems like it would be more traumatic, but Marty seems to bounce back from it pretty goddamned quick. Shit like this would land these kids in jail today, but it barely registers here. I think it would seem rougher to the audience if he had a smaller dick. I don’t know how you cast for that. I guess you put an ad out, but who would respond to that? “Actor needed. Nudity required. Must have embarrassingly small penis.” The second prank is an “exploding” joint which amounts to nothing, and the third and final prank leads to a real explosion combined with a Harvey Two-Face situation that was just a matter of time. Store you acid on a low, sturdy shelf, people. From there, it’s revenge at the ten year reunion. There’s a lot of sloppy film making and things that don’t really make sense to follow. That’s to be expected with the genre. The movie succeeds on being fun though.
I’m continuing tomorrow with the only other film that I haven’t seen from this collection. Check back in. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Terror Train, another slasher spawned from a prank.