It's April Fools Day at Doddsville County High School and school nerd Marty Rantzen (Simon Scuddamore) is heading to the ladies room to have sex with school hottie Carol Manning (Caroline Munro). Just as it looks like Marty has scored big time, he finds that Carol has set him up for a prank at the hands of Skip "Joker" Pollack (Carmine Iannaconne) and fellow students Stella (Donna Yeager), Joe (Gary Martin), Frank (Billy Hartman), Ted Harrison (Michael Saffran), Carl Putney (John Segal), Nancy (Kelly Baker), Susan (Sally Cross), and Shirley (Josephine Scandi).
Caught by Coach (Marc Smith), Carol, Skip and the others are forced to do push-ups in gym class as punishment. Blaming Marty, Skip sets up another prank in the science lab while Marty's performing experiments. Intended as just another joke, the prank goes awry and the lab explodes, leaving Marty horribly burned and disfigured. Ten years later, the pranksters reunite at the high school for a school reunion, only to find the school shut down and a room full of food, beer and their school lockers, as well as Marty's locker, with his yearbook inside.
Easily one of the most prolific sub-genres of horror, if not the most, is the slasher film. In theory, if you have a big guy in a mask and a group of teenagers (or more likely, young adults in their mid-to-late '20s) willing to get naked and have fake blood and prop weapons used on them, you have yourself a movie. Following the massive success of John Carpenter's Halloween, the slasher genre exploded in the 1980s, resulting in dozens and dozens of slashers; House on Sorority Row, The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, The Stepfather, Madman, Sledgehammer, New Year's Evil, Friday The 13th, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Christmas Evil, Mother's Day, Graduation Day, The Initiation, Child's Play, Maniac, Silent Scream, Dressed To Kill, Prom Night, Terror Train, Final Exam, Stage Fright, He Knows You're Alone, Fatal Games, and To All A Good Night, for example.
In the pantheon of the slasher genre, Slaughter High is decidedly on the lower end of the spectrum. It's not outright awful; it just feels uninspired and cliched. It should be pointed out that the film came out in 1986. By this time, the slasher film was losing favor with the public. Friday The 13th was waning in popularity with A New Beginning and Jason Lives, the Halloween series had been dormant for several years and Leatherface's return to the big screen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, was largely ignored by the bloodthirsty fans.
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