Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hell High (1985)

...aka: Raging Fury

Directed by:
Douglas Grossman

A little blonde girl accidentally kills a couple on a motorcycle for breaking her doll. "18 years later" the same disturbed little girl is a reclusive, repressed high school biology teacher (Maureen Mooney) with a pack of obnoxious students who hate her. After she slaps a punk named Dickens (Christopher Stryker) in the face for tossing test papers on the ground, he informs his gang friends "I'm gonna stick it to that bitch!," so one day after a football game they show up at her secluded home wearing masks, watch her body double take a shower, throw swamp sludge on her and try to rape her. She snaps and tries to kill herself by jumping out of a window, then recuperates and gets revenge. Bloody and in her lingerie, she sticks a pencil in a guy's head, attacks with a butcher knife, plans to do a human dissection and beats a girl's face to a bloody mess with a rock. End of movie. This is sort-of like a teen version of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE - a boring, no-thrills revenge movie with some T&A, a little gore, annoying characters and a relentlessly boring opening hour where nothing much happens. Can't say I'd recommend it to many people.

Small roles are played by Daniel Beer (the main guy from "The Raft" segment of CREEPSHOW 2), second string Scream Queen Karen Russell (who appears in the opening scene and has a topless scene) and ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES director John DeBello as a copper. It was released in 1989.


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