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Horror High

2.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QF1N9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horror High" on IMDb

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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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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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I want to review this movie based on content and the various creative aspects rather than on it's technical merit. To get the technical details taken care of, I have to say the cameral work is very shaky and jerky at times, lighting is lacking sorely in spots thus giving the viewer a lot of black screen to watch and the audio is pretty rough at several times in the movie. So there's the technical stuff...now for the good stuff. The acting is pretty good, the storyline is familiar enough to most to be easy to follow, the continuity is pretty much spot-on, and the dialogue is believable. You find yourself rooting for Vernon since those who get taken down are the kinds of characters you just wish someone would get rid of. The plot moves along quickly and doesn't drag and the ending is swift and to the point. I was really surprised at just how much I ended up liking this movie especially considering it was made the year I was born. I know there is a technically more superior version of this available but I'm not sure how to find it. This is the 'terror' version remastered in 1983. I really liked it and it is the kind of movie that can stand the test of time since even with how much time has passed since it was made, the only glaring differences between modern times and this setting are cosmetic as in hair and clothing. Good movie and worth the watch.
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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. That is when he's not being tormented mercilessly by the school's jock population. One night, Vernon discovers that his formula has worked. It turns a gentle guinea pig into a ferocious, roaring beast that kills the janitor's cat! The janitor goes bananas, beating Vernon half to death, then forcing the poor lad to drink the rest of the formula. As expected, the formula's effects kick in, turning Vernon into a murderous monster. Bye-bye janitor! Let's just say that the 55 gallon drum of sulfuric acid (!!) in the biology lab comes in real handy! All of Vernon's mean teachers and classmates had better beware! In no time Vernon's enemies are turning up dead in horrible ways. HORROR HIGH is a nerd revenge fantasy / horror film from 1974. It's also a lot of fun to watch. Austin Stoker (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13) co-stars as the police officer out to catch the homicidal maniac. Recommended for the true cheeeze connoisseur...
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