Friday, September 21, 2012

Massacre at Central High (1976)

It was through his working relationship (primarily as a cameraman) with Russ Meyer that Rene Daalder was recommended by Meyer to direct 1976s Massacre at Central High. According to trivia, it was Daalder who conceived and created the well known portion of The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle where Sid Vicious sings "My Way".

Massacre at Central High tells the story of David, a new student at a California high school whose strong minded independence puts him in direct conflict with the popular kids clique. The "in" crowd rules the school with violence and intimidation but when they seriously injure David, they push him to exact ultimate revenge. But with one "in" crowd gone, another materializes to take it's place.

Always enjoyed this film and have gone through a couple vhs copies through the years, but am currently without this in my movie library. Definitely more thought went into the storyline than your average exploitation flick and I have an early episode of the Gene Siskel and Robert Ebert show Sneak Previews to thank for turning me on to this one. Both the trailer and feature are presented below.

The Trailer

The Feature

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