MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH (1976) Reviews and new Synapse Blu-ray details

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Massacre at Central High – the 1976 cult classic has been released on Blu-ray as a standard version, it was previously a limited edition Steelbook only – with the following extras:

High-definition 1080p remaster scanned, transferred and supervised by director Renee Daalder
Audio interviews by Mike White (‘The Projection Booth’ Podcast), featuring interviews with cast members Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine, Derrel Maury and Rex Steven Sikes
Audio interview with director Renee Daalder, conducted by writer/horror historian Michael Gingold
Hell in the Hallways: The Making of “Massacre at Central High” – New “making of” documentary
Theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spot and still gallery
Newly translated removable English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

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‘You better get those kids the hell out of there!’
Massacre at Central High is a 1976 thriller film about a high school transfer student who is brutally bullied and so resorts to mass murder. Despite its title, it is not a slasher film; more of an odd and violent political allegory.

Written and directed by Dutch director Rene Daalder, a protégé of Russ Meyer. Produced by Harold Sobel. The cast was largely made up of unknowns but included some well-known actors such as Robert Carradine, Lani O’Grady, Kimberly Beck, Andrew Stevens and Rainbeaux Smith.

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The film was also known as Blackboard Massacre. It 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.

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Reviews:
Massacre at Central High offers up a realistic exploration of teenage life and juxtapositions that against some outrageous satire while fashioning it into a slasher / vigilante film. This is an overlooked gem of the 70s.” Big Daddy Horror Reviews

Massacre at Central High certainly isn’t perfect. We watch David go from unassuming and idealistic to hardened criminal mastermind in record time. His arc is a bit of a stretch. But it’s fascinating to watch him at work as he goes about dismantling a dictatorial regime at the high school level.” 3.75/5, Dread Central Synapse Blu-ray review

“It implodes in a strident way, it strains credibility, suffers from wooden acting, its politics become too crudely expressed to be effective, and it manages to lose whatever serious footing it had by its mounting over-the-top senseless violence. It’s a curious misfire…” Ozus’ World Cinema Reviews

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“This movie is not a slasher. It’s more like a high school retelling of Orwell’s Animal Farm with more violence and weird 70’s fashions.” Happyotter

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