Looking for the perfect flick to toss in the Blu-ray player for your boy or girl as they gear up for four long years of high school? We think we can help make your decision a little bit easier! These 13 slasher flicks (okay, a couple aren’t technically slashers, though they certainly boast the mood of a slasher) will more than do the trick. And who knows, one of these movies may come in handy in saving your kid’s tale! Always know the rules of horror, especially if you’re a high school kid!!
Pretty much the quintessential high school flick, Scream has a little bit for everyone. It’s a surprisingly gory film with a handful of lovable characters and the endless genre nods are nothing shy of perfect. Scream is the high school film, and Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson are owed a great debt for giving us a genuinely creepy film with awesome personalities and the smartest script we’ve seen arrive in decades. Plus, come on now, we got another iconic villain out of the whole ordeal: Ghostface rocks!
I Know What You Did Last Summer
A blatant ripoff of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer arrived just in time to ride the peak of the teen wave. It’s not a great flick by any means, but it was awfully successful in captivating teens just a few decades ago, and it’s got that glorious scene in which Jennifer Love Hewitt jumps around, intentionally making the puppies perform a nice jiggle. Can’t beat that… at least not as a high school boy!
There is no high school horror film that rivals the primal scares that Carrie delivers. The film can be a bit slow at times, but it ultimately proves to be an astoundingly grim film. Maybe this isn’t the list tor Carrie… I can easily imagine a great deal of youngsters wanting to avoid six periods of education like the plague after checking this one out.
It was great to see an invasion flick that homed into a specific target. Knowing that the target is a local high school just feels surprisingly organic. The ensemble is absolutely perfect. Don’t sleep on one of Robert Rodriguez’s most slept on film. It’s a mistake, and The Faculty is a great gift for teens, year-round.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
If you love zombie comedies, you’ve absolutely got to check out Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. A small handful of horny high schoolers are forced to fight tooth and nail against a growing legion of the undead… and it absolutely glorious! The comedy factor rivals Zombieland, believe it or not, and there are some completely astounding shots. We’re talking stuff that is so outlandish I can’t bring myself to spoil it for anyone. Watch this movie, ASAP!
Don’t fool with that horrendous Prom Night remake, as it is trash personified. Do, however, look into the classic Paul Lynch flick from 1980. It features a fine appearance from then-blossoming scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, and while it is predictable, and it is a bit on the hokey side, it’s an entertaining piece of work that will stir the seas of nostalgia for parents while entertaining your teenagers.
Mean Girls meets Hocus Pocus, that’s what you’ve got here. While that may not sound all that cool, it actually is. We get a string of impressive performances, we get an early look at Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich side by side in a movie not named Scream. This one ventures into extremely dark territories during the final act, but it’s still suited for younger crowds. Director Andrew Fleming also does an excellent job of capturing the vibe of high school. It’s a winner!
The Final is really all about revenge, so if you watch this, and you’re in high school, and you’ve made bullying a hobby – do away with it now. It could lead to some horrific torture. A darker film than most on this list, this indie effort proves far more engaging than one might expect. We get some spirited performances and cool costumes, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t all about the torture!
Disturbing Behavior is what could be called a spin on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The differences are aplenty, but the core idea is still intact. Perhaps that’s why it has always left me a little surprised at how entertaining it is. James Marsden is great, Katie Holmes makes trashy look super sexy, and come on, how can you not gravitate to a film in which a dude receiving oral sex spazzes out on… “the giver” because he needs his damn fluids! Really, how can you even pass on that lunacy??
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ah, teen terror back before it was a full-time thing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, is and always will be a blast. The humor is effective, Kristy Swanson is perfect as the airhead cheerleader chick born to destroy vampires, and we even see Luke Perry, Hilary Swank and David Arquette make early appearances. Wait… did we mention Pee Wee is in it as a ravenous bloodsucker? Yep, must watch material, right here.
Dance of the Dead
Dance of the Dead is something of a slept on film, which blows my mind given the fact that it’s about a mass zombie buffet at a high school dance. If you can’t see the potential humor and the guaranteed beauty in that… well, hell, you may be a zombie yourself… though the whole buffet thing should probably draw you… eh, never mind. You get my drift. Watch the movie, it’s a sleeper gem.
I know it’s cool to hate this movie, but the over the top dialogue and the hammy high school sequences always felt intentional to me. Watching Jennifer’s Body is kind of like knowing that director Karyn Kusama and writer Diablo Cody are pointing at us and laughing. I don’t mind being laughed at, honestly, and since my high school daughter has pointed out that high school really is “kind of like this” (that’s verbatim) I can’t help but find myself entertained. Great movie? No. As bad as the critics say? Not even close.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
One of the best slasher flicks to surface in years, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane doesn’t deviate from the tried and true formula very much, but holy hell is it fun. Great settings, the rebellious high school parties that we all visited at least a few times in four years, colorful characters and a couple cool death scenes make this one a winner. The fact that we get to gawk at Amber Heard for 90 minutes sure doesn’t hurt the appeal!
Wait a minute… is it too late to include Clueless?