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HELL HIGH aka RAGING FURY (1986) Reviews and Arrow Video Blu-ray Release News

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Hell High aka Furious rage will be released by Arrow Video as a special edition of Blu-ray in the US, UK and Canada on July 19, 2022. Features include:

Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative approved by film photographer Steven Fierberg
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed stereo sound
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with director / producer / co-author Douglas Grossman and film photographer Steven Fierberg
Archive audio commentary with director / producer / co-author Douglas Grossman
Archive introduction and audio commentary by film critic Joe Bob Briggs
The school is closed! – a newly filmed interview with director / producer / co-author Douglas Grossman
A Beautiful Nightmare – a newly filmed interview with film photographer Steven Fierberg
Jon-Jon’s Journey – a newly filmed interview with actor Christopher Cousins
The More the Better – a recently filmed interview with actress Maureen Mooney
Music is Not Sound – a recently filmed interview with composers Rich Macar and Christopher Hyams-Hart
Back to schools: The Locations of Hell High – a tour of the original Hell High movie locations with author / filmmaker Michael Gingold
Archive video interviews with director / producer / co-author Douglas Grossman and co-author Leo Evans
Deleted scene
Alternative opening titles
Trailers and TV spots
Reversible sleeve with original and newly ordered work of art by Ralf Krause

Here is our previous coverage of the film:

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Hell High aka Furious rage is a 1989 American slasher horror film directed by Douglas Grossman based on a screenplay written in collaboration with Leo Evans. The film was made in 1986 and was originally named What do you want to do tonight?

The film stars Christopher Stryker, Maureen Mooney, Christopher Cousins ​​(Earth vs. The spider; The Vampire Diaries), Millie Precious and Jason Brill (Office Killer).

A teacher who is still haunted by the deaths of two teenagers, which she accidentally caused when a young girl goes crazy when four teenagers start harassing her and then attack her in her home …

Review:
The film starts and shows a little girl who is out in the swamp playing with her doll. She watches in horror as two teenage lovers are killed as a result of a macabre motorcycle accident. It’s a pretty disturbing sight, especially since one of the lovers ends up being impaled and spit blood all over it. Bleh!

At any rate, the girl is growing up to be a high school science teacher, Brooke Storm (Maureen Mooney). She is a good teacher, but she is also extremely oppressed and haunted by the image of the impaled girl spitting blood up.

Unfortunately, one of Mrs. Storm’s students is a sociopath named Dickens (Christopher Stryker). Dickens is the type of student who goes to football games just so he can threaten the injured players with a giant switch blade. Oddly enough, no one seems to notice Dickens standing on the sidelines holding a giant knife over a helpless jock. At first I thought it meant Dickens was either meant as a ghost or a fictional fantasy, but no, Dickens is real. I guess people are just so used to being threatened by Dickens that no one notices it anymore.

Still, Dickens has three friends. Queenie (Millie Prezioso) is the cool girl who exposes her breasts to anyone who looks past her house. Smiling (Jason Brill) is the fat guy who always smiles no matter how upset he is. Smiles constantly say things like, “What’s got into that Dickens?” and “My mother said there would be days like this.” And then there’s Jon-Jon (Christopher Cousins), who’s Dickens’ newest friend. Jon-Jon is basically a good boy, but a little weak-willed. He’s in love with Queenie, and Dickens seems to be in love with him.

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Still, Dickens and his friends decide to do a prank with Miss Storm, but in the process of doing so, they make her get flashbacks to that day in the swamp. And soon Miss Storm pursues them all four. How dangerous is Miss Storm? Well, she’s dangerous enough that she can kill you with a pencil number two. You thought Liam Neeson was a creative and relentless killing machine Taken? He has nothing on Brooke Storm!

Anyway, Hell High is something strange. On the one hand, it’s pretty much a standard slasher movie. On the other hand, the film has just enough weird moments to distinguish it. Yes, there’s Dickens with the knife on the football field. But there is also Smiler with his nonstop laugh. And Queenie with her relentless mood swings. And there is the strangely vague dialogue, which is full of random lyrics. And then there is the twist-ending of the film, which does not make sense, but it is still satisfying in its own way. Overall, Hell High is a thoroughly strange but undeniably effective 80s horror film.

Much of the credit goes to the film’s cast, who all perform far better than the material actually deserves. Maureen Mooney is both scary and sympathetic as poor Miss Storm, while Christopher Cousins ​​is sympathetic as the somewhat weak Jon-Jon.

However, the film is really dominated by Christopher Stryker. Stryker goes all out like the crazy Dickens, and it’s unfortunate that he died shortly after Hell High was released. Had he lived, he would probably now be a Sid Haig-style character actor who appeared in indie horror films and Quentin Tarantino films.

So keep an eye out Hell High if you get a chance.

Lisa Marie Bowman, guest reviewer via Through the Shattered Lens

Other reviews:
“Director Douglas Grossman uses some interesting camera angles to give the murders more effect. One of the best involves a newly lobotomized victim staggering down a flight of stairs with his eyes rolling back in his head and a pencil number 2 protruding from his temple. Leo Evans and co-author Grossman submit the characters Hell High more layers than one would expect in a low-budget slasher. “Retro Slashers

“… It’s definitely a pretty good horror movie in general. To begin with, there is one amazing 80s pop soundtrack, combined with a really memorable and spooky main theme and some Carpenter-like remarks during the horror scenes. Someone need to get me this soundtrack ASAP. It’s also almost a shame that the mask-wearing people are not the killers, because two of the masks they wear are pretty amazing. “Horror movies a day

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“There’s a big shot of money that was spent on most of the front pages and marketing material, and it sees the teacher running down the stairs in silhouette with a knife in hand a la Norman Bates. In fact, the photography from Stephen Fierberg is by far the best technically in the picture. The scenes in the swamp are particularly gloomy and atmospheric and excellently lit. ” A slash over…

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“A decent little slasher that breaks the shape of the typical theme we’re all used to seeing from the ’80s. Worth checking out if you can sit through the story, but don’t expect a lot of deaths or deaths.” Upcoming horror movies

“A straightforward, no-frills effort from former director Grossman, with the marked difference of choosing one last boy (similar to Judd Nelson) instead of the usual girl, and basically closing the book without an intricate twist to cover it all. of.” 2.5 / 5 stars Vegan Voorhees

Hell High really had a lot of potential, but the director Douglas Grossman did when he made the audience wait 70 minutes inside the 79-minute-long film for the antagonists to get their showdown. But when they finally buy the farm, it’s damn good times. ” 2/5 The video vacuum cleaner

‘The film itself fails profoundly. The play is on par with a high school production, while everything else is class D-minus. Even within the limited expectations for the horror genre, it is not particularly satisfactory, as the chills are completely cheap. ” Washington Post

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Recording locations:
Bronx, Scarsdale and Westchester, New York

Censorship:
The UK PolyGram VHS release was cut 1 minute and 36 seconds by BBFC to avoid anarchy in the streets. The eerie sleeve artwork was later reused for a Dutch release of Alice, sweetie, Alice. The 2013 American Shriek Show DVD features an enthusiastic commentary by Joe Bob Briggs.

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