Year of Release1986
DirectorGeorge Dugdale, Mark Ezra and Peter Litten
StarringCaroline Munro

Slaughter High is another one taken from the deepest darkest depths of the 80’s. I do remember seeing this one sitting on the shelves of the local video rental store as a young horror fan. Unfortunately I never got around to seeing it.

Once again thanks to the magic of youtube we can relive this long forgotten horror classic in all its grainy, blurry, VHS glory. I have to admit I wasn’t holding out for a classic when I started this one up but sometimes you get a pleasant surprise when you’re not expecting too much of anything. This was definately one of those times.


The movie starts off with Marty who’s obviously the high school nerd. The cool play a cruel prank on Marty, when they get the school hottie to convince poor Marty she wants to have sex with him. She meets him in the shower and convinces him to get naked and embarrasses him in front of the school jocks. I didn’t realise this at the time, but the hottie is in fact played by Caroline Munro, famous for acting in a heap of Hammer Horror films in the 70s. Anyway in the middle of the hazing the kids get busted by the gym teacher and are in a heap of trouble. Which of course they blame Marty for. he cool kids the set up poor Marty to have an “accident” in the science lab. Marty is presumed locked up in an insane asylum, but survives the accident only to live on as a horribly disfigured “Phantom of the Opera” type creature. (I kind of think there was some intention of paying homage to the Phantom of the Opera in this film)

The gorgeous Caroline Munro leads poor Marty to his ultimate embarrassment in the shower

Years later the kids re-unite as adults for their high school reunion. This time its not as it seems. The popular kids of course, get picked off one by one by a now deranged Marty who has been unsuccessfully coping the effects of high school bullying in the years that have elapsed.


Again without giving away too much of the plot this is actually a quite well written and executed little gem. Some very inventive and novel killings and cool plot twists keep this a captivating and enthralling watch. Once you can get past the real horror of the 1980’s ladies fashion on display. Some of the horror effects do come across as a little dated but all in all, its pretty cool. I hope this does one day get a re-issue on DVD or blue ray. Maybe even a remastering. Slaughter High is a much better movie than some of the crap out there and it would be a shame to see this fade into obscurity. Overall Slaughter High is no classic but still a very worthy watch, especially if you’re into 1980s horror.

For your viewing pleasure I’ve managed to find a version of the film online

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