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School’s Out! High School Horror Movies to Watch This Summer

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Slaughter High

Whether seeing ghastly apparitions in a hallway, winning prom king and queen, or straight up being stuffed into a locker by an evil jock, high school can be a scary place. Growing up I devoured horror movies, especially during my high school years. I also remember hearing older folks say, “High school will be some of the best years of your life; don’t waste them away.

Parents, teachers, and pubescent peers all eerily anticipating four years that can significantly alter a person’s life, for better or for worse. Gosh, what a fuckin’ nightmare! Regardless of one’s high school experience, it crosses everyone’s life path, hand in hand with puberty. High school also goes hand in hand with horror movies.

Slaughter High

Some of the best horror movies are based around “high school” and when students come face to face with sheer terror. It’s officially summer as of today, and the school season has come to a close. So fuck studying, and watch some of these flicks oozing with school spirit.

Carrie (1976)

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The high school horror subgenre roots can be traced back to Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic, Carrie. Carrie White is a teenager living a sheltered life, controlled by her religiously dominating mother. An outcast at school, she is picked on and teased and eventually comes to fruition with her classmates. Sissy Spacek delivers one hell of a performance as the title character, and Piper Laurie adds creepiness as her over-the-top mother, Margret. Adapted from Stephen King’s first published novel, the film conjured up a sequel 33 years later, along with two remakes in 2002 and 2013, with none coming close to the original masterpiece. The prom scene is one of the most grueling emotional scenes in horror cinema. If you’ve never seen Carrie, put this on the top of your must-see list!

Ginger Snaps (2000)

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One of the best hidden gems to come out of the year 2000 (remember when Y2K was a thing?) was the Canadian flick Ginger Snaps. Two teenage sisters are obsessed with death and living in suburbia hell, when one of them is tragically bitten by a werewolf. From there, the duo endure the aftermath, metamorphosis, and high school. Teenage boys make a yummy snack! This dark and dreary film has solid practical effects with an excellent script, cast, and direction, making it one of the best in the high school horror subgenre.

Slaughter High (1986)

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I randomly caught Slaughter High on demand and had never heard of it otherwise. Eight friends are invited to a ten-year reunion at their high school, where a nerdy student was tragically disfigured from a prank the group pulled as kids. At the reunion, one by one they are killed by a stalker, who may or may not be the disfigured student seeking revenge. Although it hits all the marks of a slasher, this reeks of high school horror. In this better than average slasher, there are several interesting kills. Watching the “cool kids” as adults getting picked off makes this an all-around fun flick, and you can’t help but root for the killer.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)

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Troma is known for its shoestring budget horror films, most notably The Toxic Avenger. In their vast catalog of films, there are very few that I would call excellent movies, if any, but I still love a bunch of them! Class of Nuke ‘Em High is one of those I would call excellent, although I’m sure many may think I’m nuts for saying that. The movie takes place at Tromaville High School, located next to a nuclear power plant. Things start to go awry at Tromaville High, as students start to act and look strange. For example, the Cretins are a group of students who were previously honor students, but they now cause chaos around campus. There is even teenage pregnancy, as a couple conceives a hungry mutant child. There are sequels that lose the charm and cheese the original have, so they’re easy to stray from, but this is one to see.

Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

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The Nightmare on Elm Street series is about a killer who stalks teenagers in their dreams. All of the films’ protagonists are differing teenagers, defending against antagonist Freddy Krueger. There are several scenes in the series that stand out, especially the iconic scene in the original, where the bloody corpse of Tina is being dragged through the hallways in a clear body bag. But Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge has the most “high school” influence. In this installment, Freddy is trying to take over the body of Jesse, our teenage protagonist. Jesse has a best bud, an arch rival, a love interest, and a teacher who is on his ass (literally). He endures all the hardships of being a teenager in high school; plus he has to deal with a pre-comedic Freddy Krueger trying to take over and make Jesse kill. Underrated, the second installment is always knocked for the homosexual undertones, but ultimately this is one of the more terrifying in the series and captures the essence of the high school struggle.

The Craft (1996)

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After I saw The Craft, I wanted to become a witch. Seriously. I went online (AOL 2.5!) to look up witchcraft, and luckily the internet was so scarce back then, or I would’ve fully submerged myself in my latest fad. Anyways, this is one of those movies that embodies the 90s and high school horror. Not a blood and guts kinda flick, The Craft is a teenage drama with a backdrop of horror, as the movie is about four teenage girls experimenting in witchcraft. The movie has a magnificent soundtrack that captures the essence of 90s alt-rock and a solid story guiding viewers through witchcraft and teenage angst, without a plethora of plotholes.

Scream (1996)

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Also in the 90s was a little movie called Scream, directed by an icon in the genre, the late Wes Craven. This movie reinvigorated the horror genre, breathing new life back into the slasher genre after an over-abundance in the 80s. Starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, among other notable actors, and written by “Dawson’s Creek” scribe Kevin Williamson, this movie had the perfect high school horror vibe. It was really a fantastic film, with another awesome 90s soundtrack, and still stands tall when revisited 20 years later. Just make sure you aren’t mistaking the original film for the horrid MTV television adaptation that presently clogs the airwaves.

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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Someone Figured Out How Many Miles the It Follows Creature Walked

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It Follows

For the most part, the horror community adores David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 It Follows. In my opinion, it’s a magnificent film, one that brilliantly utilizes tension and paranoia to an extent that few other films can even hope to achieve. Telling the story of a young woman who, after a sexual encounter, is pursued by a strange supernatural force that will kill her if it reaches her. Never stopping its pursuit, it walks relentlessly towards wherever she goes, never stopping, never resting, and always following.

During the course of the film, which is set in Michigan, Jay and her friends go across the state in an effort to protect her from this strange entity. But just how far do they, and “it”, actually go in that time? Reddit user LundgrensFrontKick has put together an interesting hypothesis that aims to answer that very question. Using the film’s information, it seems that the creature, “…walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay.” How was this number reached? Let’s give the floor over to LundgrensFrontKick.


In an effort to track the movements of the monster I searched for all the filming locations and have come up with an estimated travel total that I’m quite pleased with. Director David Robert Mitchell didn’t make it easy because there are moments during the film in which you have no idea where Jay was going or why it took about 14-hours to make a five-hour drive up North (I’m guessing sleep). However, after getting a feel for the locations and timeframe I know how far the creature traveled because the layout of the locations fit its movements.

Here are some assumptions and timeframes I’ve come up with.

1) The creature moves at a 20-minutes per mile pace and is always moving. Thus, the total for any 24 hour period is 72 miles.

2) Jay first becomes cursed around 9:00PM at night while at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital. This is when I’ve started clocking the miles of the monster

3) The film takes place over the course of 15 days. This may seem like a long time frame but the trip that our heroes take to a northern beach house in Whitefish Point in northern Michigan covers 10 of those days. I chose Whitefish Point because it is on the furthest tip of Michigan and the mileage works out almost perfectly when taking the speed of the monster into account. Also, the gang started their trip around 9:00PM and drove through the night and arrived at the beach house around 12:00PM. The total trip was around 15 hours so I’m assuming they slept, got supplies and had a long breakfast to cover the 15 hours. The total mileage is 702 miles (9.75 days walking).

4) I’m assuming that the creature always reroutes itself and follows the quickest route when its prey changes locations. Since it can’t just walk through homes I think it uses surface roads, alleys, and areas that aren’t fenced off to get to its prey.

5) The director David Robert Mitchell uses Detroit as a character so I’m going to use the filming locations as the actual locations in the story. The neat thing is they actually work really well in regards to the creature’s movements.

Below is a breakdown of the days and locations I know Jay visited. I could’ve easily just added up the hours and miles walked and called it a day, but I wanted to give you a feel for the creatures travels and show you the above assumptions make sense.

Sidenote: There is a 0% chance of actually knowing how far the creature followed Jay. However, since you won’t get an exact answer I wanted to make sure the timeline and math were correct to give you the best representation of the following.

Day One 9:00PM – 12:00AM – Jay becomes infected with the horrible curse at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital and is driven back to her house and eventually to the local hospital.

Day Two – Jay leaves the Hospital and goes home to get ready for school. She heads to the University of Detroit around 9:30AM where she first sees the creature. The timeframe works because it had about 12 hours to pinball around and make it to the school. During this time Jay covered 63 miles. However, since the creature didn’t have to walk those 63 miles due to its course correction, it makes sense that 12 hours would only be needed because the creature started towards the house/hospital and was able to course correct to the university which is only 17 miles away from the abandoned building. After Jay runs away from the creature she goes to Clark’s Ice Cream and Yogurt then drives around for a while and goes home.

Day Three – Jay is still awake late at night (for good reason) when a window is smashed in and the creature comes after her. She runs to a park and meets up with the rest of the gang. From there they drive to an abandoned house, Clawson High School, Jeff’s home in Troy and eventually head to Jay’s house to pick up supplies and clothes. The gang then starts driving overnight to Whitefish Point. The creature is pinballing all day over Detroit and surrounding areas and because of this it never catches up to Jay (must be annoying).

Day Four – The crew posts up at a sweet Beach house.

Day Five – Beach

Day Six – Beach

Day Seven – Beach

Day Eight – Beach

Day Nine – Beach – The creature finally gets to the beach after a 352-mile walk and it gets its hands on Jay. However, Jay escapes and the creature has to walk all the way back to Detroit.

Day Ten – Hospital – She passes the curse over to Greg

Day Eleven – Hospital

Day Twelve– Hospital

Day Thirteen – Hospital – We know she has been in the hospital for three days because Greg mentions that “it’s been three days and there is nothing following me.”

Day Fourteen – Jay finally goes home and watches Greg get killed by the creature. She drives away and spends the night in some woods.

Day Fifteen – Jay wakes up and walks toward a boat with some dudes in it. She then drives home and concocts a plan with her friends to kill the creature at a swimming pool that night around 11:45PM (the exterior for the pool is a different location than the interior. I’m sticking with the exterior location). I don’t want to spoil the rest because I’m not a jerk and there is some ambiguity.

The creature walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay. I think this is a solid guess and the timeframe works if the following monster moves at the assumed pace. I think this total makes it more frightening because the dang thing never stops and is always moving towards you at a leisurely pace in hopes of bending you up like a pretzel.

72 x 14 = 1,008 (14 full days). 3 x 3 = 9 (first day 9:00PM – 12:00AM). 1,008 + 9 = 1,017.


WHEW! That’s one helluva project to take on and I’m impressed by the amount of work put into it! Whether or not it’s accurate, I think we can all agree that LundgrensFrontKick definitely put a lot of care and thought into this riddle.

What other random questions like this have you always had about other horror movies? Let us know in the comments!

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Contest: Find Bigfoot With a Primal Rage Double-Sided Mini-Poster!

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On February 27th, Fathom Events will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage, the Bigfoot horror film based on Native American mythology! Tickets for the event are already on sale through Fathom and we’re here to spice up the screening a little more by offering five lucky readers the chance to win a double-sided mini-poster! The back side includes behind-the-scenes images.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below! If you want to see what the poster looks like, here are some images:

Synopsis:
Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton.

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