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Product Description

A film crew goes to Crippin high school to film the story of the horrors that happened there, and one by one the members of the crew are stalked and slaughtered.
Genre: Horror
Rating: R
Release Date: 6-APR-2004
Media Type: DVD

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Return to Horror High is a convoluted cheesefest that tries to be spoof and horror movie at the same time, feebly prefiguring Scream. A movie crew is filming a slasher picture at a high school where a series of murders actually occurred; the killings begin again--or are they simply staged for the production? The answer to this question is distinctly uninvolving, but it involves a lot of fake blood. Familiar faces include Vince Edwards and Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick (a uniformed cop), plus--until he becomes the first victim--George Clooney. --Robert Horton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lori Lethin, Brendan Hughes, Alex Rocco, Scott Jacoby, Andy Romano
  • Directors: Bill Froehlich
  • Writers: Bill Froehlich, Greg H. Sims, Dana Escalante, Mark Lisson
  • Producers: Greg H. Sims, Jason Hoffs, Joan Baribeault
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW7P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return to Horror High" on IMDb

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By derek glidewell on May 13, 2002
Format: DVD
Unlike many reviewers, I actually enjoyed this film, "Return to Horror High" is not only a 80's nostalgic slasher, it is also a spoof/satire on the whole low-budget horror film franchise, which I feel gives the film a big boost. The plot is rather original, it's not the typical "invincible man in a mask stalking half naked teens through the woods with farm tools" formula, it's about a film crew who is filming a low-budget horror film on a mass murder that happened 3 years ago at Crippen High, and mysteriously the killer was never apprehended. So as soon as filming begins, one by one the cast and crew start getting knocked off, and it's up our heroic duo to solve the mystery of who could be behind the murders and what really happened at Crippen High. The story is more "in-depth" than the typical 80's slasher flick and the acting is above average, as most of the cast provide very believable performances. The overall production value is high, as the effects are realistic, even when purposefully campy, and the overall school setting is eerie.
As for the DVD, Anchor Bay has done another fine job restoring a lost 80's classic. The only feature is a trailer, which is more like a teaser, but is superbly crafted and is made of the highest quality, it's very convincing, very dark, and I personally do not see how it didn't sell the film well. The picture is in 1.85:1 widescreen ratio, and is excellent, no blotches, no streaks, no cracks, and the colors are well divided and very vibrant. My only complaint was the sound, if they would have done a 3.0 surrond, or even a 2.0 Stereo remix, the effect of many "BOO" scenes would have been much greater as oppose to Mono. But still the dialogue and sound effects are distinguishable from each other and do not blend.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dymon Enlow on March 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Posing as a high school slasher THE RETURN TO HORROR HIGH is actually a poorly written, poorly acted and poorly directed horror/ comedy...and I'm using both of those terms loosely.

Confusingly told with an incredible amount of flashbacks, a limp dream sequence and a twist ending that was so stupid it made THE VILLAGE look like Stephen Hawking the story is about a film crew shooting a slasher movie at a high school that was previously the scene of a real life massacre. People start disappearing, but not as quickly as my desire to care what happens.

I have no idea what the filmmakers were going for, but they failed on every level possible. Sadly, I've seen worse, much worse, but still there is no reason (outside of morbid curiosity or drunkeness) to waste your time on this clunker.

Gorehounds: don't worry about it; the limited special effects are pathetic, barely above Troma standards.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on December 18, 2002
Format: DVD
Return to Horror High, the beginning of an entire limb of horror that leaned away from trying to be truly horrible, wasn't received with open arms when its spoof qualities were first exhibited and still has problems to this day. The reason it seems to have these issues is because it: (1) lacks quality caliber actors and actresses (yes, it did have George Clooney and his bloody moment did come off rather well, and Marcia Brady was a bit odd to see here as well), (2) lacked an awe-striking budget, (3) sometimes hits a few plotholes has it trudges through various deaths, (4) it has a few laughs along the way. Still, the elements to something enjoyable all manifest themselves herein.
Return to Horror High is a movie about someone making a movie about a massacre that took place years removed. In it, they decide to use the scene of the crime itself, people that had knowledge of what had transpired here in the past (including the school's principal, its janitor, and a local policeman), and some portions of truth in their otherwise horror-prone plot. Since its low budget they also want the actors to go that "extra mile" as well, having them pick up the extra slots left open by people "quitting the film" as well as staying on location day and night while its shot. Little do they realize that something is there working with them in the dark with them, something that obviously doesn't mind a sequel.
Personally, I enjoyed this movie and I think that other people will enjoy it as well, given the fact that they understand exactly what they are watching. Be warned, however, that it is lacking in many respects and that you have to appreciate the qualities of a good laugh to really enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RL on November 6, 2013
Format: DVD
A weird little mishmash of horror and comedy that was ahead of it's time in some ideas and themes, if not nearly as successful in carrying them out as later films. It never quite works perfectly, but it never really fails either.
The horror is the more successful part by far, with a few genuinely creepy moments, in large part because the blend of movie with movie-within-the-movie is actually successful in it's low budget way, blending the two so you're never quite sure where you stand.
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Format: DVD
Return to Horror High (Bill Froehlich, 1987)

Those few who remember the ridiculous Return to Horror High, a movie made at the very edge of the golden age of the slasher film, remember it for one reason: it was an early film role (his third big-screen appearance) for a twenty-one-year-old George Clooney. What fewer people remember about the movie is that it also contains, for roughly the same amount of screen time, one of TV's most bankable seventies stars, Maureen McCormick. Yes, Marcia Brady (who went on to another lucrative TV career a couple of years later in The Love Boat, as well as being a guest star on Fantasy Island more times than you can shake a stick at), who'd abandoned her attempt at a big-screen career way back in 1981, picked this movie to try and break out again. It didn't work too well--she would make only three more features between 1987 and 2000--but man, as crappy as this movie is, Maureen McCormick rocks in it. (And, if you're one of the tl;dr crowd, I'll just tell you the punch line now: she's the only reason to watch this turkey, but she's oh so worth it.)

Plot: some years ago, a killer terrorized Crippen High School. Now, someone's making a movie about the incident. A bunch of someones, actually, and they're at odds. The producer is a low-budget sleazeball who's interested in getting as much of the first two of Joe Bob's three Bs on the screen as possible, while the director and the writer--one of the survivor's of the killer's rampage--are trying to make something that might actually be considered a good movie. As if that wasn't enough of a problem, there's a possibility that the killer--who was never caught--has returned to the scene of his crimes to get up to the same old hijinks...

Seriously, this is bad. I mean, awful.
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