Back To School Double Feature!
Did you ever find yourself watching one of those movies in which the famous actor comes into a rough school and ends up turning all the kids around with tough love and the belief that they can all succeed? Did you ever find yourself wishing the students would bludgeon that teacher into a bloody pulp and dance on his / her stinking grave? UNMAN, WITTERING & ZIGO is for you!
I’d love to see a remake starring Robin Williams…
Horror fiction provides a necessary alternative to the naivety of idealism. It’s educational.
Ever get sand kicked into your face as a child? Stuffed into a locker? Food thrown at you during school lunch period? No? Well, do you have nostalgia for After School Specials and the weird, 70s educational films that they showed in your elementary school? Yes? Cool, were the same age! HORROR HIGH is for you! Jekyll and Hyde meets CIPHER IN THE SNOW…with that special kind of melancholic style that could only be produced in the 60s and 70s.
As a special bonus, I’m including three of the creepy films they used to show in my elementary school (just in case you don’t get the reference above). Just by chance, two of them have “snow” in the title.
CYPHER IN THE SNOW is creepy in that it teaches children that being lonely and feeling neglected just might spontaneously kill you. That’s a nice lesson.
SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW is just terrifying. Seriously. They shouldn’t have shown us this film. Maybe they just wanted to mentally scar us so we’d become interesting adults…?
Then there’s THE LOTTERY, which just taught us that adults are insanely cruel. That one had a good lesson, at least…
UNMAN, WITTERING & ZIGO (1971)
HORROR HIGH (1974):
CIPHER IN THE SNOW:
SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW
THE LOTTERY, Part 1:
THE LOTTERY, Part 2: