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Horror High (1974)

Pat Cardi , Austin Stoker , Larry N. Stouffer  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pat Cardi, Austin Stoker, Rosie Holotik, John Niland, Joye Hash
  • Directors: Larry N. Stouffer
  • Writers: J.D. Feigelson
  • Producers: James P. Graham
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QF1N9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horror High" on IMDb

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A gifted honor student becomes the subject of an unnatural biological experiment and turns into a creature half-man, half-beast. His twisted mind will obey only one command: kill and kill again. AKA: 'Horror High.'

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Code Red...Better Than Rhino...But Could Be Better! September 29, 2010
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The Code Red release of "Horror High" is way better than the "Twisted Brain" version that was put out on dvd by Rhino Home Video a few years back. The new version looks sharper and sounds better. Most important though is the fact that this is the uncut PG release. Contrary to the rumors ( including what's written on the back of the box ) there is no R rated version of this movie. When the movie was originally released in 1974 and even during it's re-release in the early 80's, it was the same version that is presented here. And it was rated PG. Yes it's violent enough to have an R rating, but it was given a PG when it was originally released. In fact I couldn't find a rating code for this movie, so it's quite possible that the PG rating on the poster was made up, and Crown International just went ahead and booked the film into theaters without a true rating from the MPAA. I love this movie and the only reason I didn't give this new dvd 5 stars is because the picture quality isn't as good as it could have been. The color is very washed out, and in some scenes the picture almost looks animated. This very well might be the best version that Crown International had in there vault, but the master negative ( if ever found ) will look much better. Austin Stoker's suit is actually blue, but you would never know that from this washed out print. Also, picture is missing from the top and bottom of the screen due to the fact that the movie is presented in a widescreen version. This movie was not shot in a 1:85.1 ratio, and there should have been a full screen version option available, for those who want to see the actuall bell that Mrs. Grindstaff picks up and rings in order to hush her noisy students. Over all I'm very happy that Code Red got this dvd out, and I highly recommend this film.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A TWISTED MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE! August 24, 2010
Forced to drink one of his one of his own laboratory concoctions by one of his tormentors, Vernon Potts has been transformed into a modern day Jekyll & Hyde. Vernon has been pushed around and abused by almost everyone around him his entire life and he's definitely done taking crap. Now Vernon's tormentors are about to learn a valuable lesson at school, don't mess with a mad chemistry student.

Welcome to "Horror High" AKA "The Twisted Brain" In the halls and classrooms of a small high school somewhere in Texas, a hideous form of evil is about to be unleashed. I don't think of "Horror High" as a horror film. In my opinion it's more of a revenge film where the main character sets out to even the score against all the people who have abused him; including teachers, class bullies, even the twisted school janitor is on his hit list. After bodies start turning up in grisly fashion around the school, a local cop named Lieutenant Bozeman is brought in to catch the killer. Will the body count continue to rise? Will Lt. Bozeman be able to stop the killer in time or will he be the next victim? You'll have to buy your own copy to find out.

Horror High has built up a huge following with fans since it was released in 1974 and thanks to Code Red it has finally been treated to a proper DVD release or has it? Code Red states that the new video transfer is mastered in HiDef from the original Crown International negatives. While the new HiDef video transfer is clear, it still suffers from speckling, scratches, lines and debris; too much for my liking. As a fan of this movie I was really disappointed with the picture quality for the amount I paid for the DVD. I guess the original film negatives could only be cleaned up so much and this is the best "Horror High" will ever look on DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WANT TO FEED MY HAMSTER, MR. MUMPS? October 25, 2012
Vernon (Pat Cardi) is picked on by his fellow students, his literature teacher (Joye Hash), gym coach (Dallas Cowboy John Niland) and the creepy janitor (Jeff Alexander). He likes Robin (Rosie Holotik).

In this version of Jekyll and Hyde, Vernon gets his revenge. In looking at the film with 20/20 hindsight it is not very good. Even the conversion to DVD was not done well. What this film did was to standardize the genre with good stock characters. This film set the mold for future films which are superior.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High School is Hell..apparently August 30, 2012
By Jake
What can you say about a nerdy student of age 18? He loved his guinea pig, his public domain radio and his life altering experiments. No, I am not talking about Peter Parker. Grab your note books, avoid those wedgies and dodge the jocks. This is Horror High.

Spoilers deserve to die!

This episodic cinema delight starts off with a trip down the memory lane of one Vernon Potts (Pat Cardi of Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Branded and It's About Time) who is keen to finish his experiments on Mr. Mumps, his guinea pig that will prove that drugs can alter you physically as well as mentally. Yeah thanks Vernon, we are all painfully aware of steroid abuse. Vernon is basically the town's punching bag. Jocks loathe him, teachers seem to think less of him and the creepy janitor Mr. Griggs (Jeff Alexander of Curse of the Swamp Creature, Scarlet Diva and Zontar: The Thing from Venus) even threatened his life if he touched his cat or spying on his lemon drink. Desperate to prove his formula, Vernon sneaks back into the Bio chem lab to complete his experiment. Finding shocking results that night while preparing Mr. Mumps' dinner, Vernon finds Mr. Griggs' cat dead and mutilated as Mr. Mumps snuffed him. The formula drives living beings to their most barbaric state; much in the same way as High School or having to see Rent. Mr. Griggs takes offense to his kitty being ripped apart, savages Mr. Mumps with a lead pipe and gives Vernon a chance that he either drinks his own formula or gets his throat ripped out with broken glass. Well following those tough after school special moments Vernon downs his drink, feels like he drank the water in Mexico, devolves and pummels Mr. Griggs.

Next day Mr. Griggs and kitty is found in the convenient vat of sulfuric acid dissolving away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Tellin' You Boy, You Leave My Cat Alone!"...
HORROR HIGH (aka: TWISTED BRAIN) is about ultra-nerdy high school student Vernon Potts. Vernon spends much of his time in the biology lab, working on his secret formula. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
1.0 out of 5 stars not much horror
This movie was too slow and dark the murders were done in darkness and I couldn't see the blood and Gore that I was looking for. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Hayward
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror on High
Horror High (1974) is silly, bloody, gory, and fake. In a bad way. A Bad movie. Just plain bad. Nothing to see here, but don't move along. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bartok Kinski
1.0 out of 5 stars Soooo boreing!
What was the point? It was a stupid idea, crap story, and bad acting, so why was the movie even made? A movie could entertain or inform, or at least be interesting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Flintpaper66
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually a very good revenge film
Originally called "Twisted Brain," "Horror High" is a classic revenge film, using the "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by A Hermit
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun from the 70s
This is a fun film if you like movies from the 70s. It has minimal effects and production values, but it is quite entertaining. Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by Crawlspace Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Carrie, There Was...Horror High!
Horror High is like Carrie, only with a teenage boy getting revenge on his tormentors instead of a teenage girl. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by Ben Wasden
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent low budget horror flick
I bought this title without renting or anything & I liked it. No its not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but if youre into cult and camp like I am you might enjoy this... Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by D. Steigman
5.0 out of 5 stars Get 'em Vernon!
"Horror High" is a Jekyll/Hyde type movie that was made in the early 70's. Vernon is a nerdy character who is obsessed with his high school chemical lab project. Read more
Published on August 14, 2010 by Avery Hemming
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