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Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2016
Holy Smokes. I will start off by saying that I just finished watching this movie today for the first time and I fell in love. I'm reviewing this film from the perspective that this is a cult classic film through and through and so I shall begin. The story is about a teacher who gets a job at a school that is known to be full of gangs and a plethora of other misfits. He then starts to have trouble with the main school gang which are basic Neo-Nazi punks. The story is simplistic but does the job. The acting was great for a film that was made in 1982 not that there were not a ton of phenomenal actors back then either to say. The teacher Mr.Norris played by Perry King is Outstanding and the other highlight is his enemy Peter Stegman played by Timothy Van Patten who was truly mesmerizing. The other actors and actresses did a great job as well. The action was Awesome. The choreography could be a little off at times but for the times and the budget it was working with I thought the director Mark Lester did an Incredible job. The deaths were very cool and overall they did a killer job. No pun intended. The cinematography and location were excellent. The crew did a terrific job of shadowing over what a crime ridden school would look like along with the town it was surrounded by in the film. I will close by saying that this is a Must-Watch film if you're a fan of films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and also "The Warriors" and films that represent warnings on what our future's could look like if left in the hands of madmen. The film can be graphic at times but none of it phased me because I have seen a lot worse but just a forewarning. Please don't be deterred from watching this Absolutely Astounding film.
I say this ain't my favorite film but it has that early 80's horror film to it. But you won't see gory scenes til the end of the film. That kind of sucks. I don't know any actors and actresses except for Michael J. Fox and Roddy McDowall. The storyline was a little boring to me. It needed more action from the gangs or the teacher but it was slowly going. The school system is always taking sides of the students that are bulling other students and teachers. I've seen it too often. Students can use different facade when a teacher, security guard or teacher is approaching. Typical. But I loved the ending part, it picked up a lot better. Good horror film but I would recommend it to the horror fans out there. See it for what it is.
Holy piss the acting, directing, the . . everything was terrible. But, this b picture is still way better than today's off-brand productions. I'm a teacher, and the principals and authorities are exactly like the ones here: kids literally get away with murder, and teachers get reprimanded for not having lesson plans posted on time.
... an ABC Afterschool Special turned into a horror movie, this is it. If you can't imagine it, watch, because, like I said, this is it.
I remember seeing this when it first came out and being a bit perplexed. The opening blurb makes it sound like this is a movie about students' violence against teachers, but it is actually about teachers' vs. students.
Which is exactly how it would have happened in my school.
I actually bought this on a hunch after seeing a promotion of it on Joe Bob Briggs facebook page. Anyway I don't want to give away the story but I will share some general observations. The song we are the future by Alice Cooper is the title music. Its not heavy, or hard rock-like, but it has a dark if subdued tone to it, hinting that bad things are happening under our noses. There is an 80's punk vibe going on here, but also some anarchistic violence and teen exploitation, with a bit of slasher violence going on. A lot of the brutal violence happens towards the end, but there are some dark scenes spread throughout the picture. There is drug use (and its consequences), some nudity, a prostitution tryout, a clothed rape, gang violence, and brutal slasher violence toward the end. It is a dystopian (future look from early 80's) of the grim future of American high schools. The picture quality is good, and I like the artwork inside and outside the cover of the blue ray.
This is a small cult classic.. well acted, well directed, and of course totally over the top!
Anyway, I watched it again inBlu-ray, and happily the digital transfer and remaster job is very good, in audio and video.
As for the movie itself, you will get glued to the screen all along the way. The performances are good, direction good, screenplay works like, well, clock work.
It is over the top, obsiously exaggerated (heck, I think there was never the case of a teacher having his wife raped by four guys, and them killing them all). Also, the reasons for Steigman gang to follow him that way, and to be so utterly bad, and never being caught, are never reasonably explained... There is a brief attempt to describe Steigman as a genius with a tormented soul, but this part of the plot goes by the window fast.
Anyway, a good movie, that has stand up the test of time well.
This revenge movie ranks right up there with 80's revenge movies.If you like it, you may like Savage Streets (w/ Linda Blare), or the Deathwish movie series (w/ Charles Bronson). A more hardcore movie series (not having that 80's feel), would be the I Spit on Your Grave (which the original of the movie was in 1978 followed by the remake in 2010 with the others following in 2013 and 2015).
Cult classic! I saw this once in high-school and thought I would watch it again because I remember Roddy McDowall pointing a gun at his students, and with all the talk about arming teachers, this movie seemed apropos. Great movie and hopefully people can look back at it and see some humor in certain scenes, although it is a dark movie.
Incredibly violent but still a good film, great acting which is something that does not happen today. A warning from history what would happen if people did not act on what was happening in schools. It is a warning that was never heeded, look at the Florida shootings.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2013
I give it 5 stars for the excellent acting on Timothy Van Patten's part as the Gang Leader, Perry King was ok but Roddy Mcdowall (who will forever be Cornelius the Chimp in Planet of the Apes to me) was outstanding to watch. The film did'nt shock me as this is exactly what goes on in and still goes on in schools anyway and the screenplay was well thought through so it falls into that early 80's video nasty club that pushed the boundaries. I recommend the movie to anyone who like me is curious as to what all the fuss was back then over movies that shocked but avoid if you are easily offended by strong physical and sexual violence and bad language.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2013
I waited many years to obtain this film. I originally watched it on video and loved it. I seem to recall it was a lot more hard core, however. The violence is still excellent and is only eclipsed now by CGI and more complex special effects. It is a cult classic - begging for a remake more more urgently than Robocop. Let's hope someone with more money than taste agrees with me.