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

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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.

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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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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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