Return to Horror High

Overview

In 1982, Crippen High School was the scene of a gruesome series of dismemberment murders, but the killer was never identified. Five years later, Cosmic Pictures arrives at the long-abandoned campus to make a low-budget horror movie based on the tragedy, and suddenly the terror begins anew. The police department arrives at the school to find the building and grounds covered in gore and human body parts, the remains of the unfortunate film crew. The only survivor of this new massacre is the screenwriter, Arthur ...
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Overview

In 1982, Crippen High School was the scene of a gruesome series of dismemberment murders, but the killer was never identified. Five years later, Cosmic Pictures arrives at the long-abandoned campus to make a low-budget horror movie based on the tragedy, and suddenly the terror begins anew. The police department arrives at the school to find the building and grounds covered in gore and human body parts, the remains of the unfortunate film crew. The only survivor of this new massacre is the screenwriter, Arthur Richard Brestoff, who tries to explain the horrifying events to the authorities. The troubled production's leading lady is angered over the demeaning nature of her role, the producer and director argue over the film's lack of artistic merits, and when cast members start disappearing, everyone else assumes that they're just quitting out of disgust. Who is the culprit? Is it the school's principal, appearing as himself in the film for the sake of realism? The janitor, who hopes to parlay his cameo into a pornography career? Or maybe Steven Brendan Hughes, who was a student at Crippen during the original murder spree and finds himself reluctantly cast as the hero? This self-referential slasher parody features George Clooney in a small part as the film's first victim, and The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormick as a policewoman with a lust for blood and hot dogs.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Any film that features George Clooney's blood seeping out from underneath a door in the first ten minutes has got to have something going for itself, and against all odds, Return to Horror High does indeed. By 1987 the slasher genre had run its course, aside from a few stragglers, and the teenage body count films were ripe for parody. Most combinations of horror and humor fail at both, and though the comedy is very broad, this hybrid doesn't forget to aim for shocks and connects more often than should be expected. Several of the murder set pieces are visually unique (the deadly sandbox and a biology teacher's dissection in particular), and since the jokes are all at the expense of the low-budget film industry, Return to Horror High plays like an underachieving precursor to the Scream series without as much self-satisfied post-modernism. The appearance of a pre-stardom Clooney is merely serendipity, but the stunt casting of Maureen McCormick (Marcia from The Brady Bunch) as a policewoman with a gore fetish is meant to play off her image, and she takes full advantage. Though he could easily sleepwalk through the role, Alex Rocco also appears to have fun as a crusty, morally challenged movie producer. The rest of the cast is a faceless assortment of newcomers and genre vets (like any true splatter flick), so director Bill Froehlich runs them through a maze of a story that makes less and less sense as it proceeds, and absolutely none when it's all "explained" at the end. Nevertheless, horror fans who aren't looking for anything too serious might have fun with the gruesome effects, kaleidoscopic shifts of reality and tone, and broad parody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • UPC: 014381731521
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,448

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lori Lethin Callie Cassidy
Brendan Hughes Steven Blake
Alex Rocco Harry Sleerik
Scott Jacoby Josh Forbes
Andy Romano Principal Kastleman
Richard Brestoff Arthur Lyman Kastleman
Al Fann Amos
Pepper Martin Chif Deyner
Maureen McCormick Officer Tyler
Vince Edwards Richard Birnbaum
George Clooney Oliver
Darcy de Moss Sheri Haines
Cliff Emmich Dillon
Will Etra Mangled Face/Hatchet Face
George Fisher Masked Figure
Panchito Gomez Choo Choo
Dexter Hamlett Freddie
Joy Heston Becky
Frank Kniest Camera Assistant
Michael Kramer Donny Porter
Marvin J. McIntyre Robbie Rice
Philip McKeon Richard Farley
John Mueller Jimmy
Alison Noble Jeanine
Remy O'Neill Esther Molvania
Kristi Somers Ginny McCall
Larry Spinak Peter
Technical Credits
Bill Froehlich Director, Screenwriter
Wayne Beauchamp Special Effects
Dana Escalante Screenwriter
George Fisher Stunts
Nancy Forner Editor
Linda Francis Casting
Wendy Fraser Songwriter
Greta Grigorian Production Designer
Marcy Grace Groehlich Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Lisson Producer, Screenwriter
Debby Porter Stunts
Greg H. Sims Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Spatola Makeup
Rachel Talalay Asst. Director
Roy H. Wagner Cinematographer
Larry Weir Songwriter
Stacy Widelitz Score Composer, Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Return to Horror High
1. Scene 1 [:14]
2. Scene 2 [10:05]
3. Scene 3 [3:21]
4. Scene 4 [9:39]
5. Scene 5 [6:26]
6. Scene 6 [7:28]
7. Scene 7 [5:27]
8. Scene 8 [8:26]
9. Scene 9 [10:45]
10. Scene 10 [7:03]
11. Scene 11 [15:27]
12. Scene 12 [8:06]
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Disc #1 -- Return to Horror High
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