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This review is from: Slaughter High [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING. CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
Doddsville County High School, USA. When a gang of bullies carry out a sadistic April Fools Day prank on nerdy chemistry whizz Marty Rantzen(Simon Scuddamore), it goes horribly wrong, with Marty ending up physically scarred by acid and mentally scarred for life. Ten years later, the same motley crew are invited to a class reunion. When they arrive, they discover that they are the only guests and the school is closed and due for demolition. They have in fact, recieved a personal invite from the now very disgruntled Marty who, chemistry set in hand, disposes of his hated tormentors one by one. Will anyone get out of Doddsville High School in one piece?
I don't know where Arrow dug up this 80's slasher, but I'm glad they did. Slaughter High is in fact a mainly British horror( actors, locations and crew), masquerading as an American film. Well, apart from a few fluctuating accents, it does come across as an authentic American slasher. Pretty enjoyable it is too, despite its cliche ridden plot and somewhat appalling dialogue.
There are some very inventive and gory deaths, it has quite an atmosphere and it has one of those great 'was it all a dream?' twist endings. If that wasn't enough to convince you to buy this dvd, then how about a chance to see Terry from Emmerdale's bouncing buttocks.
The real winner here of course is the usual excellent release from Arrow Video. The usual poster, fine cover art, large array of extras( a choice of two commentaries, an interview with the director and a featurette on the horror career of star Caroline Munro) and it's obvious the good people at Arrow care a lot for the films they release. You can't say that about every distributor. The only thing missing is a 7" single of the great theme tune.
An Arrow dvd release is always worth purchasing for the wealth of extras. It helps when the film accompanying the extras is enjoyable in its own right, and Slaughter High, despite its many faults, falls into that category. 5 out of 5 for the whole package. 4 out of 5 for the film on its own merits.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2011 21:00:26 GMT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
Great "is it all a dream" endings? The total bugbear of horror today!
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