Massacre at Central High
is a 1976 U.S. horror film
directed by Dutch
director Rene Daalder
, a protege of Russ Meyer
. Despite its title, it is not at all a slasher film; the movie is more an odd and violent political allegory, which tells the story of a series of revenge killings at a fictional high school. The cast was largely made up of unknowns, but included well-known actors Robert Carradine
, Lani O'Grady
, Kimberly Beck
, and Andrew Stevens
The movie was also known as Blackboard Massacre. It was shot on 35mm film, and had a running time of 87 minutes.
The movie has been described as "predicting punk and Columbine" , and as "the epitome of the '70s meathead ethic fused with an apt social commentary" The much-better-known 1989 film Heathers borrowed several plot elements from Massacre at Central High.
A new student, David, to Central High, a high school
with seemingly no adults, no rules, and no supervision and lots of microphones, realizes that everyone is under a strict eye from a group of bullies
bent on making things run their way, and their way only. Crippled as a result of rebelling against the system, he vows to exact revenge on his tormentors, which only turns more tables. Soon, everything at Central High is out of control.