I expect a bunch of flack for being honest. Obsessive, geek like creatures that are slasher fans and film centric vessals, hate being told that a film they love is awful. Yes, awful and not in a fun way. Not even in a rather moribund so bad its good way (which is a dumb as shit way of seeing cinema imo). So when HELL HIGH, one of the very few slash cash films I havent seen, landed like a bloodied head on my desk, I was interested. Douglas Grossman’s HELL HIGH is neither a cross between Class of 1984 and I Spit on Your Grave, nor is it a functional quality film extra laden product from Arrow. Sadly it is, as the dead teens at the start are, limp and bloodied body of such empty headed nonsense that you will dispair at parting with your hard earned!

When high school football hero Jon-Jon (Breaking Bad’s Christopher Cousins) quits the team, he winds up falling in with a group of outcasts. This bunch of cock jockeys is led by Dickens (Christopher Stryker), who likes a bit of venom in his life. They decide to play a cruel prank on a teacher called Miss Storm. This will involve a casual bit of gunk, slapping and rape. But they do not know her terrible secret! She murdered two people as a child and seemed to like it…

So the film stinks and the extras do also. They shift between average, dull, awful and just what the heck. The best (that is a loose term) is director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and cinematographer Steven Fierberg commentary, only because we get some comedy and some level of acceptance that the film is a shit show.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative approved by cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • Archival audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
  • Archival introduction and audio commentary with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
  • School’s Out! – a newly-filmed interview with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman
  • A Beautiful Nightmare – a newly-filmed interview with cinematographer Steven Fierberg
  • Jon-Jon’s Journey – a newly-filmed interview with actor Christopher Cousins
  • The More the Better – a newly-filmed interview with actress Maureen Mooney
  • Music is Not Sound – a newly-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 filming sites with author/filmmaker Michael Gingold
  • Archival video interviews with director/producer/co-writer Douglas Grossman and co-writer Leo Evans
  • Deleted Scene
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Ralf Krause
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring liner notes by Michael Gingold, including an exclusive interview with stunt coordinator/actor Webster Whinery

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