Slaughter High

In Final Girl on October 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

Thanks to the Final Girl and her Monday Film Club for this 1986 high school revenge horror film.

“Slaughter High” was a journey of discovery for me.   I learned a lot, most notably that April Fool’s Day ends at noon.  Who knew?

But, at the end of the day, the one thing I’ll take away from this film is Marc Smith‘s remarkable turn as Coach.

He enters our heart with this gem.  Which one of you heroes thought that this was going to be fun? (A strong, assertive question, and one I found myself wanting to ask of the filmmakers. )

But then, he seals it with the following monologue.  Allow me to set the scene.  He’s in the gym.  He’s rounded up the culprits behind the April Fool’s gag.  They are all in a line, at attention.  Prepared for his wrath.  And he uncorks this magnum:

So this is the gang, huh?  How long has this motley crew been in existence, huh? Can anybody tell me?  Come on, come on.  What do you have to do to become a member of this elite hit squad?  Be tough?  Are you tough, Frank?! No coach? Am I tough? Yes?  Yes Coach, good! Aw, the Joker!  Make me laugh.  Make me laugh, Skip, come on, make us all laugh.  Huh?


Or maybe you just have to be pretty?  Or stupid?

(long dramatic pause)

Now where the hell are Harrison and Putney?!

Wow.   Shivers.  Goosebumps.  Wow.

You think maybe Stanley Kubrick caught this film?  You think maybe R. Lee Ermey based his portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” on Smith’s character?

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And then, there’s this interpretation.

Can you hear me?!!

Loud-a and-a clear-a!

  1. It’s so cruel, what he makes those pranksters go through in that gym. He’s RELENTLESS!! 😀

  2. I had somehow forgotten about him by the time I wrote my own review, but in the moment of encountering Coach I dug the energy he brought to the film. Thanks for calling attention to this unheralded but deserving performance!

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